As A-level results are released today, accountancy apprentices from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) have told why they opted for vocational training over a degree.
Apprenticeships enable you to earn while you learn with apprentices usually spending one day a week at the College and the remaining four in the workplace, with many learning their trade at big name companies, including Notting Hill Housing Association, Breckman & Company, NHS Partnerships, the State Bank of India, the JMH Partnership and ATC Management.
“I completed A-Levels and attended the College’s open day and was introduced to the College’s accounting programme,” said Tuoyo Egodo, 19, who is working as a Financial Institution Assistant.
“This programme attracted me in terms of placement as I always wanted to work for the top UK banks. With the support from the College mentors and tutors I secured a 12-month apprenticeship. I feel that the College has supported my ambition with working within the financial sector.”
Sabrina Ahmad, 19, who is employed as an Accounts Assistant, said: “The apprenticeship scheme offered by CONEL has given me the chance to gain 12 months’ work experience with one of the world's largest accounting firms, at the same time it has allowed me to start studying towards my AAT Level 3.
“I have received excellent support from my tutors and from the employment team to help me with my confidence in interviews to secure my job.”
CONEL boasts Accounting and ICT and Computing Academies at its Tottenham Centre and is set to open a new Microsoft classroom in November, featuring some of the latest cutting edge computer technology.
Students and apprentices aged 16 to 24 who enrol on the Accountancy Apprenticeship Academy AAT Level 3 and the IT Apprenticeship Academy Level 3 programmes are able to join the academies, which offer more opportunities to develop their skills and work experience.
CONEL also offers apprenticeships and courses in construction, engineering, hair and beauty, science, business management, health and social care, creative and media, music, sport and fitness, travel and tourism, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), public services, teaching and supported learning.
Tuoyo and Sabrina are both part of the Leadership Through Sport and Business (LTSB) initiative.
For more information call 020 8442 3055 or visit www.conel.ac.uk.