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Higher Apprenticeship in Accountancy

Laura Baren

Higher Apprenticeship in Accountancy

How did you get onto the apprenticeship?

Laura was at college undertaking accountancy qualifications having undertaken and achieved both level 2 and level 3 AAT qualifications. Laura was looking for a job in accountancy and was struggling to find one as despite having the qualifications required she didn't have the workplace experience that was being asked for in job overviews.

Information about the Apprenticeship opportunity at York Hospital was sent to York College which is where Laura found out about the opportunity. She applied for the accountancy apprenticeship through the NHS Jobs website and was successful in gaining one of the two jobs to undertake a higher apprenticeship.

Laura's comments..... " I thought the NHS only trained clinical people and I didn't know non clinical apprenticeships were offered. I wouldn't have thought to look on the NHS Jobs website if my tutor hadn't told me of the accountancy apprenticeships at York hospital".

What made you choose accountancy?

Laura was always really good at maths and after school worked for Barclays bank in a financial-oriented role. She had also undertaken some work experience in an accountancy firm whilst at school. This helped Laura to realise that she still wanted to do accountancy and led her to enrol on an accountancy course at College.

What do you do ?

The work Laura does is varied. Like any other big organisation there are budgets that have to be managed. Laura works as part of a team who have 4 departments to oversee. She is involved in financial activities which include forecasting, generating spreadsheets, monthly release and checking of budgets and generating accruals.

Laura works full time at the Trust and as part of the apprenticeship attends college 1 day week. Laura is also regularly observed and assessed in the workplace.

As the accountancy apprenticeship is recognised by the accountancy professional body as a preferred route to becoming a qualified accountant there are professional exams that have to be taken .

Laura's advice for individuals interested in undertaking an accountancy apprenticeship

"When I was at school I thought I would have to go to university. This is a much more practical option and the learning on the job suits me. Doing the apprenticeship is definitely worth it as it is providing me with the experience needed to get a job as a fully qualified accountant in the future. Although the apprentice wage is minimal I am in some ways better off than friends I have who have been to University as even though they have got their degrees they are struggling to find jobs".




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Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.

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