Celebrating the value of apprenticeships


This week is National Apprenticeships Week, which aims to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Research by the Sutton Trust found that the best apprentices – those with a level 5 qualification or higher – will earn £50,000 more in their lifetime than someone with an undergraduate degree from a university outside of the Russell Group.

We really believe in the value of apprenticeships as an alternative to university and a great choice for many young people. We’ve seen this for ourselves: Reshma has been part of our finance team since last summer, and has been working with us while studying for her accountancy qualifications.

Reshma studied Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Portsmouth and worked in the health sector for five years in various roles from consultations to dispensing medication. She wanted a change of career and began her journey in accounting last year.

We caught up with Reshma to see why she the idea of an apprenticeship appealed to her:

“I began my apprenticeship with Causeway in July 2018 and have never looked back.”

“I chose the apprentice route because it allowed me to gain the skills, experience and qualifications I wanted whilst earning a wage. I enjoy being responsible for the purchase and sales invoices ensuring all payments are made and received on time.”

“I feel like a valued member of the team, working alongside the Finance Manager/CEO and the wider team to ensure the smooth running of the organisation.”

“This apprenticeship has allowed me to gain an insight into what working in finance is like and allowed me to utilise my theoretical knowledge in a practical way. After completion, I hope to continue to work towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.”

It’s been so valuable having Reshma with us - and great to see first-hand how real-world experience and study can combine to provide benefits not just for organisations that want to share expertise and provide opportunities to learn, but also for those who wish to study.