Here at PM+M, we recognise the importance of succession planning for the future – ensuring we can remain committed to our team and we can continue delivering the best service possible for our clients.
Training and development play a huge part in this, with all team members given the opportunity to study towards professional qualifications, gain experience in new areas and progress throughout their own PM+M journey (whichever path that may take).
Celebrating our apprentices
Each year we proudly take on a number of apprentices to start their careers, giving them the opportunity to gain practical insights whilst studying towards a range of professional qualifications to secure the platform for their future and ongoing development.
As our headcount grows year-on-year, we now have 20 team members from across our firm studying towards different levels of apprenticeships, including the AAT levels 3 and 4, the ACA level 7, the payroll apprenticeship and the business administration apprenticeship.
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, we conducted a short Q&A session with two members of our audit, accounting + advisory team, Evie Halliwell and Mark Honeyman, who are both now working towards level 7 of the ACA qualification having each completed the AAT apprenticeship during their time here at PM+M.
We asked Evie and Mark, why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
Evie: As a college leaver, I thought doing an apprenticeship seemed like a great way to start my career as I would be able to gain qualifications whilst working at the same time.
I’d heard really great things about the PM+M team and how welcoming they were. My interview was a very positive experience and I knew straight away that if I was offered the apprenticeship, I would take it.
Mark: I wanted to gain experience in the workplace whilst working towards accounting qualifications at the same time, so an apprenticeship seemed like the obvious choice for me.
I knew PM+M was a good employer based on its clear commitment to the team and its investment in training and development, so I was really pleased when I was given the opportunity to join the firm.
How does the apprenticeship change as you progress?
Evie: I first started my apprenticeship on the AAT qualification. It was great to gain real life experience alongside studying and I found the combination worked really well for me.
I got all the help and support I needed and as my experience and confidence grew, I had the opportunity to take on more responsibility and work on a variety of jobs.
I then proceeded to start the ACA qualification. The team are really supportive and accommodating of any time and help I need to support my studies. It’s nice to have a few other members of the team completing the course at the same time too!
Mark: The apprenticeship moves from a level 4 diploma (being the AAT qualification) and continues on to a level 7 apprenticeship which is the pathway to a chartered accountant qualification.
Each stage is different in terms of the assessments but also the technical knowledge – it really helps your studies being able to apply the things you learn in a practical setting at work.
How have you found your apprenticeship journey at PM+M?
Evie: I have enjoyed my time at PM+M and the years of studying towards the different apprenticeships have flown by. I started off working in the accounts department and after 4 years decided I wanted to gain some auditing experience and PM+M were more than happy to make that happen for me. I’ve now had the chance to work with lots of the team at PM+M and have learned a lot whilst being here, both in terms of my studies and practical experience.
Mark: The apprenticeship has given me lots of opportunities to apply areas that I have covered during my studies to real world situations which I think is the best way to learn.
Overall the apprenticeship has been challenging but manageable, and definitely made easier with the support from my colleagues at PM+M who are also on the same route (or have been previously).
Get in touch
If you’re considering an apprenticeship now or at any point in the future, please get in touch with a member of our HR team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We run an apprenticeship recruitment programme each year and are always looking for great people to join our team.