September 19, 2018

New year, new goal   Well almost! September always seems like the start of the year as the seasons change and schools start back.   This year I’ve decided it’s time to get some exercise as my resolution. Good for the body and for the mind and so I’ve joined our village couch to 5k […]

Exam technique tips

August 22, 2018

There are two main parts to an apprenticeship: One is the development of skills and behaviours, the soft skills that enable an apprentice to actually perform in the workplace. The second is the professional qualifications required to do the job and this means we have people sitting exams regularly. A lot of my posts revolve […]

Ten of the most common exam mistakes

August 8, 2018

  First Intuition tutors have over 100 years of combined experience teaching accountancy students.  In this time we have noticed students making the same mistakes in exams. To help you avoid falling into these traps, we’ve summarised the key mistakes students make.   1  Lack of preparation It’s probably fair to say that many students […]

The start of the season…

August 6, 2018

The start of the season…   For those of you missing out on post World Cup football, the Football League began again on Saturday.  (Apologies to those supporting Premier League teams!)   As a Luton Town* supporter, I can’t wait to see our first home game against Sunderland, to cheer on the Hatters.  Amazing to see […]

World Friendship Day

July 30, 2018

  World Friendship Day was originally celebrated on 2nd August and the idea for a day of friendship came from Hallmark cards in the 1930’s. The idea of a day to celebrate friendship has been adopted in a number of countries as a day to honour friendships and the exchange of gifts between friends. Many years […]

CIMA: Mind the skills gap

July 24, 2018

Mind the skills gap!   On Thursday 19th July, Becki Hunter, Head of Apprenticeships at First Intuition, met with Jason Nye from CIMA to talk about apprenticeships and SMEs. Becki and Jason discussed how important it is for employees to be willing to learn new skills and keep up with the changes that automation and digitisation bring […]

CIMA: Exam Success Booster Days

July 16, 2018

  The CIMA Exam Success Booster Day  in London is the perfect way to reinforce your knowledge and strengthen your exam technique through question practice. Your tutor will review the trickier areas of the syllabus before setting relevant questions for you to complete under exam conditions. Your tutor will debrief the questions you get wrong […]

What is the 20% OTJ training rule?

June 14, 2018

The 20% Off-The-Job Learning rule is one of the most talked about and hotly debated topics surrounding apprenticeships right now. In this brief post, we will share some hints and tips to help you understand and adhere to this rule. Off-The-Job (OTJ) Learning is a rule set by the ESFA which states that the apprentice […]

Find your ‘Ikigai’

June 8, 2018

Find your ‘Ikigai’  and you’ll never work again… I have recently been enjoying longer commutes thanks to a well executed timetable change from my train operating company (some of that sentence may not be true!). Making good use of the time I’ve been looking back at books that inspire me. Churchill famously said ‘find a job […]

Institute Q&A: 5 things we learnt (part 4)

May 31, 2018

Institute Question Time On 26th April, the London Accountancy Training Discussion Group (LATDG) hosted their annual “Institute Question Time” panel. The AAT (Rachel Kellett), ACCA (Catherine Edwards), CIMA (Peter Stewart) CIPFA (Nicola Campbell) ICAEW (Fiona Hodgkin) and ICAS (Joanne Lloyd-Jones) took part in a panel discussion on the hot topics currently affecting the training of accountants […]