Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has been engaging apprentices within Financial and Legal Service for several years, with a total of approximately 20 apprentices over that time. Paul Sheil, Credit Control and Finance Manager in the Finance Service Centre said:

“The Apprenticeship arrangement with the Skills Company has been a real success. The fact that the recruits have completed their AAT Level 2 before they come to us means that we are not starting from scratch. Almost every candidate received from Skills Company for us to interview has been of high calibre.” 

“We normally take the candidates on fixed term contracts while they study on day release for their AAT Level 3, and in the majority of cases, we’ve been able to offer them permanent positions before the end of their contracts. All apprentices have then gone on to successfully complete their AAT qualification with some progressing to CIMA or ACCA.”

“The Finance Service Centre and Cashiers teams process payments worth millions of pounds every year, as well as providing a strong back office finance function to both students and staff. We deal face to face with students requiring financial advice, support and information - this requires tact, professionalism and strong interpersonal skills. We train all our apprentices so they are able to meet these attributes and develop a range of financial skills, working in a team based environment.”

Paul continued:
“We’ve found the Skills Company very easy to work with and my team have developed strong relationships which have enabled them to understand our business and provide candidates that match our requirements. The filtering process that they undertake means that candidates are well prepared for the interview – it is often very difficult to choose between applicants. Apprenticeships have become an integral part of our workforce planning. By taking on apprentices, we are strengthening our team, whilst equipping them with the skills and experience to progress into permanent finance roles.”