Wednesday, 10 April 2019 07:56

Skys the limit with apprenticeships

University isn’t for everyone, there are several routes that lead to a successful and progressive career, including apprenticeship programmes. Despite starting off studying at university, it became clear that this wasn’t the route for Rohan Savage of Chartered Accountants & Business Advisory firm Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB). Whilst his original plan was to study Accountancy and Finance, Rohan found himself working towards a Mechanical Engineering degree but discovered that this wasn’t the right choice for him. Having grown up on the West Coast, Rohan had never heard of AAB. Although, he quickly became interested in the firm upon learning from his brother, who was an RGU placement student at AAB, about the apprenticeship programme. With the different entry routes on offer, interns to graduates trainees and various options in-between, AAB came across as a young and progressive firm which stood out to Rohan as he decided what was the best next step for his future.

Upon making the decision to leave university to peruse an Apprenticeship at AAB, Rohan was confident he had made the right choice. He knew, through this particular programme, he had the opportunity to study in a way the best suited him. There were no long lectures, he was able to complete his studies in his own time and at the right pace for him. Rohan made the decision to jump straight into his route of preferred qualification, ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) aiming to become fully chartered within 5 years. The opportunity to gain real life on the job experience was also an influential factor that drew him to choosing an apprenticeship, and one he viewed as an extremely valuable career opportunity.

As an Apprentice in the Accounting Services team Rohan’s role is extremely varied. This variety continues to increase as he progresses through his professional exam training and as he has gained more experience in working with different clients and being exposed to new areas of his team’s service provision. “ It is great to have experienced such a variety of areas when providing services to our clients – I feel like I have had such a well-rounded experience of all areas – from being ‘behind the scenes’ to now liaising with clients directly, it is extremely rewarding. It is also rewarding now to be in a more supervisory role, passing on tasks and projects I used to work on to new members of the team, sharing my knowledge and experience with them as other colleagues did, and continue to do, for me.”

Rohan is very close to reaching his goal of becoming a qualified chartered accountant having completed 10 of the 13 required ACCA exams. Since he joined AAB there has been an increase in focus on cloud accounting. Whilst this area is no longer considered “new” the changes in technology and client requirements makes it an extremely interesting area to work in. “Since I joined as an apprentice 4 years ago I have seen such a large shift in how we deliver our service and indeed how our clients operate. Cloud accounting is a large area and clients now have a desire for ‘hybrid accountants’ with combined accounting and IT software knowledge. Manual data entry has transformed into cloud accounting and increasing automation which I can only see progressing further as the software develops. I can see my role within the cloud accounting team continuing however I would still like to retain the core accountancy skills and knowledge alongside this as together I think they are both very valuable skills to hold.”

Rohan Savage, Advisor