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Bradley Johnson, Apprenticeships

Bradley was a student at Richard Huish College from 2012 – 2014 and achieved an impressive collection of A Levels including, Accounting, Maths and Chemistry all at A* and Economics at A. As a result he received offers from both Exeter and Southampton Universities to continue with a relevant degree course.

However, Bradley was aware that university was not the only option open to him and wisely explored these different options before accepting his university place. He didn’t feel under pressure to go to university from his tutors and said that they were supportive and keen to ensure that he was aware of all of the alternative options before making a decision that was right for him.

Bradley applied for a few Apprenticeships in accountancy and was successful with his application to Albert Goodman in Yeovil. Bradley comments that the application process was quite stringent and after passing an initial interview he was required to take numeracy and literacy tests. He was also set an initial ‘accountancy test’ in his first week where a pass rate of 70% was needed; Bradley achieved 97%.

When he commenced his employment with Albert Goodman in June, Bradley was put on the Level 3 AAT programme. He completed this on a home study basis whilst working full time. He passed all six exams at the first attempt by 23 June and was then fast tracked onto the ACA qualification starting in September 2015.

Bradley considers that the only thing he may have missed from not going to university is the option of living independently and learning life skills. However, to compensate for this, Albert Goodman organise lots of social events for their staff to get together and sponsors them to stay away for two weeks in Bristol to study on block release. Bradley finds that the Company is very supportive and there is a great team environment. Many people assume that working in accountancy is dull and boring, but Bradley’s experience with Albert Goodman is testament that a career with a modern accountancy practice is far from this.

Bradley has now been with Albert Goodman for 19 months and is very glad that he made the choice of joining them instead of going to university. He comments, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Albert Goodman and I am progressing with my qualifications at a good speed. I completed the certificate level of the ACA in December 2015 which means I will be a qualified chartered accountant in less time than if I went to university and the opportunity to develop and continue gaining relevant professional qualifications and progressing within the Company is very achievable and realistic.”

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