Sector Comment: AAT’s Must-Know Tips for Successful Apprentices


We were delighted to welcome the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) CEO Mark Farrar to lead our spring conference as chair. Inspiring Young People: Members of Tomorrow gathered advice from across the sector about how to engage with apprentices and convert student members to full membership.

The AAT are leaders in the professional body sector when it comes to apprenticeships with their “earn as you learn” values that work for the apprentice and business alike. Here, they share key advice on what makes a successful apprentice.


Must-know tips for the most successful apprentices

Gordon Ramsay, Alan Titchmarsh and, yes, Elvis Presley were all former apprentices. If you want a serious full-time job after your apprenticeship scheme, here are tools and tips could offer a winning difference provided by our friends at AAT Comment.


Stay organised

Accounting apprentice Katie uses the time management app Nozbe to keep herself organised. In particular, Nozbe’s reminders and scheduling features allow her to preserve time for her studies with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Aafter the workday ends. Here are more tools used by successful people.


Play for the team

Manchester United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson was an ex-factory apprentice, who famously told a group of 12-year-old academy players that although “individuals can add brilliance, [success] is about the team”. First, get yourself into team mode; then be familiar with the many collaboration tools out there. Online task manager Mindmeister is an important tool for syncing tasks, sharing ideas and projects between team members.


Be more productive

More than four-fifths of apprentices say that doing an apprenticeship has boosted both their ability to do the job and their career prospects. Former engineering apprentice Nimesh used Mind Tools to sharpen his communication, numerical and leadership abilities, and his all-round skills.


Go network!

Career advisor All About School Leavers encourages new apprentices actively to network with other workers. Go to work social events; meet up regularly with your mentor, register with industry networking communities… it all shows that you’re keen to assimilate. Ivan Misner (Networking Like a Pro) should get you in the mood, as will the effervescent Pinky Lilani. Spend five minutes with either and you’ll talk to anyone…


And finally…

Here are some helpful links to help you find out more about apprenticeships.



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