Case studies

Accountancy Apprentice

Thomas James Bramley

Level 3 Accountancy

Riddingtons

What would you say were the best three things about studying at North Kent College?

The tutors, the structure of the lessons and the facilities are modern and up to date.

If you studied for career purposes, how has North Kent College helped your career?

As I work full time in accountancy my tutoring at NKC has helped my skills that I use everyday. Since starting at NKC I have been promoted into a new department at my workplace.

What’s next for you?

After I have finished studying for my AAT level 3 I would like to complete level 4 and become AAT qualified. Once I have become AAT qualified I will look into becoming a chartered accountant by studying the ACCA.

What has been your route getting to your current position?

I studied my A levels in a sixth form close by and did have the grades to go to university. However I decided that I would rather get a job straight away and study alongside my job. I then found my current job which included a study package at NKC.

Would you recommend studying at the college and why? 

I would recommend the college as the tutors cater to each individuals specific learning requirements.

Describe your whole college experience and how it has enabled you to progress.

I have found my experience at the college very useful as my course has taught me many skills that I use on a day to day basis.I would like to thank NKC and all of the tutors as they have helped me progress in my working career.

Motor Vehicle Apprentice:

Tom Newell

Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance

Barkaways Ferrari

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

So I could learn, gain qualifications and earn money at the same time.

What did you learn?

Principle workings of light vehicles, to give me background knowledge in the workplace.

What skills have you developed during your apprenticeship that will help you with your career?

How to get around difficult problems that may arise.

How has North Kent College helped you realise your achievements?

NKC helped me to gain a level 2 qualification and keep focused.

What advice would you give to anyone who’s thinking about starting an apprenticeship?

Ensure you start work at a workshop you can see yourself staying at for the duration of the apprenticeship and beyond.

If you had the choice again, would you choose to do an apprenticeship and why?

Yes, because it has given me wider knowledge and helped support my experience in the workplace.

Apprentice:

Ben Barkaway

Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance

Barkaways Ferrari

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

So I could learn and earn at the same time.

What did you learn?

All of the criteria for Level 2 light vehicle maintenance.

What skills have you developed during your apprenticeship that will help you with your career?

Communication – to communicate better with fellow colleagues.

What advice would you give to anyone who’s thinking about starting an apprenticeship?

It’s a great way to learn new skills if University is not suitable for you.

If you had the choice again, would you choose to do an apprenticeship and why?

Yes – because it suited my style of learning ‘Learn on the job’.

Employer

Ian Barkaway

Barkaways Ferrari

“We all started as apprentices and have become an award winning team. Our apprentices have a fantastic future ahead of them as part of this team.“

Why did you choose to take on apprentices?

To offer young people the opportunity to learn the skills required for classic car restoration, and in so doing, investing in the skills that our business requires.

What benefits have the apprentice brought to your organisation?

Youthful enthusiasm!

Would you take on an apprentice again and why?

If the opportunity arises to continue to develop and grow our staff then we would consider this route again.

As an employer, what are your thoughts on the apprenticeship scheme?

It is often marketed to young people with limited qualifications and in our case our apprentices had completed their A Levels before coming to us, making them excellent apprentices with the potential to be great restoration engineers in the future.