Apprenticeships are a “two-way street”

Accounting apprentice Amy and her mentor

Accounting apprentice Amy and her mentor

Amy Halpin, a twenty-one year old who left academic education to start an apprenticeship at Express Engineering, has progressed to an accountancy job within the firm. Her manager put her forward for the trainee accounts clerk position after an impressive first year.

Amy will complete an advanced apprenticeship in business administration before studying for an AAT accounting technician qualification with training provider, Access Training. The company currently has 23 apprentices, all mentored by Amy’s manager, Michele Watson.

Michele said: “Our annual staff intake includes at least one business administrator. We run apprenticeship programs because there is a shortage of skilled people within the engineering industry including administration and support. Express Engineering sees apprenticeships as a way of filling that skills gap.

“Amy has done extremely well; she is very competent. As a mentor, I find that you get out what you put in. Apprenticeships are a two-way street. Access has always provided us with young people with lots of potential which is essential.”