The Campaign, a partnership between Shaping Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council, Solent Apprenticeship Hub and four local travel-to-learn colleges, aims to create 100 roles for young adults in 100 days – with just over a week to go.
Rebekah Cox is both studying and working at Highbury College while completing a Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship as the College’s Finance Bookkeeper Apprentice.
The 20-year-old, from Waterlooville, initially began her accountancy journey as a student, but it wasn’t until she completed a work experience placement that she knew an apprenticeship was for her.
Rebekah said: "I really enjoyed that, so I knew I wanted to go into accountancy. However, I wanted to keep working while studying at the same time, and an apprenticeship was the perfect way to do it. You get to learn while you’re on the job and you’re earning money as well. It’s definitely beneficial when you’re going into college to learn because you can then relate it back to what you do at work, so it’s really helpful.
After completing her apprenticeship, Rebekah plans on gaining further professional qualifications to become an accountant working in industry.
She added: "I really enjoy working here and I enjoy meeting up with my mentor to work on my portfolio. My colleagues and boss support me with my studies and allow me time to do some self-study. I like my classes because you get to meet different people that are working in different areas of accountancy. It’s interesting to see how their work is different and similar to what I do."
Rebekah’s boss, Interim Finance Manager at Highbury College Ray Redfern, said there are benefits for businesses taking on apprentices, saying: "Rebekah is an excellent member of the team, and we don’t notice that she’s an apprentice. She circulates around and gets involved in a bit of everything, which is great. It’s hands-on experience for her and they say experience is the best teacher. Apprenticeships are a great way to develop young, up-and-coming talent."
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