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College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London Accounting Level 3 student, Zubeyde Ozsayan, has won third place in the national Hotcourses Apprentice of the Year 2014 Awards – and received a well-deserved £50 cash prize. Supported by the College, Zubeyde submitted a piece describing what she felt qualified her to be Apprentice of the Year. The judging process considered the quality of the submission over all, but also members of the public were able to vote for their favourite entries – and the results of the poll were taken into account. There were 40 submissions, from all over the country and Zubeyde managed to get 409 votes – a considerably high amount.

College Interim Principal and Chief Executive Jane O’Neill said: “This is a great achievement for Zubeyde, and for our Apprenticeship Scheme. It goes to show our scheme is giving people a viable, alternative route into the work place, and with dedication it can certainly pay-off. Zubeyde has worked extraordinarily hard, and could not be more deserving of this award.”

Read Zubeyde’s winning entry below -

“As soon as I walked into Ulus and Co. for my work experience in my pre-apprenticeship, I knew I wanted to stay on and complete a full Apprenticeship. My employers were really friendly, I enjoyed the work and they helped me to learn much more about Accounting than I think I could have done in the classroom.

Before starting my apprenticeship I had been working towards a Hairdressing qualification, and not particularly enjoying it. I found that I preferred working with numbers, and decided I wanted to pursue a career better suited to my strengths. When looking into Accounting, I found the Accounting Pre-Apprenticeship scheme at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and was immediately interested in the 'learn on the job' aspect. I have found that being in the working environment and being able to see first-hand how Accounting works, that I have picked up the information much more quickly and easily, and I have progressed quickly.

When I first started my Level One Pre-Apprenticeship, my role was admin based and I got see how the company worked. Then, when I became a fully-fledged Apprentice on Level 2, I progressed to work on organising the Pay Roll system, working with invoicing, payslips and P45s. This promotion boosted my confidence a lot, as I could see that they liked the work that I was producing and it is what motivates me now. My boss recently wrote in a report on my progress in which he wrote: 'She started here as a shy, soft spoken young girl, she now glows with confidence and does not shy away from any work or responsibilities. She has now become exactly what we wanted to become, a hands on, decisive and very organized part of the team. Zubeyde's handling of her duties and her manner towards client communication has done nothing but strengthen our progress.'

I am incredibly proud of this report, and the progress that I have made. I aim to continue working with Ulus and Co. until I have completed my Level 4 Apprenticeship, which is the equivalent to completing your first year at University. Being in the workplace has made me much more focussed on pursuing a career in accounting, and I feel much more prepared to enter the workforce because of it. I'm currently considering continuing my studies, after the apprenticeship, at University to allow me to become an Accountant.

I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone and everyone, and in fact my brother is currently looking for an ICT Apprenticeship placement, as he can see how my Apprenticeship has really opened doors in my career. This apprenticeship has changed my career for the better, and I feel extremely privileged to have been offered the chance to be on the scheme.”

For more information about our Pre-Apprenticeship in Accounting click here or visit: www.conel.ac.uk or call 020 8442 3055

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