Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:21

Why I Chose to Join the AAB Apprenticeship Programme

When it came to my first year of making subject choices at school, I knew accountancy was a subject I wanted to look into. After looking at the basic overview of the course, what it involved and the careers linked to accountancy, I decided this was definitely a subject I would enjoy.

After studying National 5 Accounting in my 4th year of school, and going on to study Higher Accounting, I realised this was a subject I was really excelling in and continued to find interesting and so naturally began thinking about how to start a career in this industry.

With teachers encouraging us to expand our knowledge through university, college or apprenticeships, and with my curiosity towards careers in accountancy growing, I decided to attend the AAB office open evening in 2016. At the time of the open evening I was in my 5th year of secondary school and was planning to stay on for 6th year with the intention of applying to university. I had never considered apprenticeships until I heard from partners and trainees at AAB about the various departments you could work and train in by coming straight to work from school.

After the open evening, my eyes were opened to the options I had in front of me. Whilst I had been excited about the idea of university, I was even more excited about the idea of being able to gain hands on experience whilst studying towards professional qualifications. After much thought about the role I could play at AAB in such a friendly team, I decided to apply for the AAB apprenticeship programme. This led to me joining the firm in August 2016. I currently work in the Private Client tax team as a Tax Trainee. Before starting my job here, I was apprehensive as to how I would fit in but with my department working closely together it didn’t take me long to make friends and feel a part of the team.

My apprenticeship has not only exposed me to the various areas within personal tax, but has meant I work closely with individual clients which is a really fulfilling part of my job and has developed my confidence greatly. I am currently planning to start studying towards my qualifications with The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT), with the plan to eventually becoming a Chartered Tax Advisor. With the support of AAB I know this is something I can achieve in the future. My apprenticeship means I can study at the pace that suits me while also having the support and help of my colleagues, which is a big positive to me.

So far my time at AAB has been great and everything I could have hoped for. I’ve settled in well, made good friends and have learnt so much already. I’m very much looking forward to the future ahead.

Aimee Ingram, Private Client Trainee