Lizzie's skills have positive impact on her chosen career
Lizzie Hosken is an accounts clerk for Clark Jenner Angove in Perranarworthal, near Truro – and is a fantastic example of how an apprentice can have a significant positive impact on a small business.
A bright, enthusiastic and determined individual, after completing her A-levels Lizzie decided not to follow the majority of her friends who went to university, but instead chose an apprenticeship as the best route for her to develop her chosen career.
Lizzie started her accountancy training in 2009, one day per week at Cornwall College Camborne where she completed a Level 2 NVQ, while working the rest of the week at Clark Jenner Angove.
Over the years of working, she has developed her job role, taking on more and more responsibilities. She now organises payroll, completes VAT returns, accounts and tax returns, bookkeeping, client liaison and has trained two other apprentices.
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Since 2009 Lizzie has completed a variety of training courses and qualifications, often in her own time, to enable her to progress her career. In December 2012 she completed the Association of Accounting Technician Level 4 (AAT) qualification which demonstrates her advanced accountancy skills and experience.
Lizzie said: "The AAT apprenticeship has allowed me to take on more and more work within the practice, and I now cover many more areas within the business.
"The apprenticeship was by far the best route to give me practical skills that employers want."
Lizzie also uses her accountancy skills outside of work to help run her local Young Farmers' group which raises thousands of pounds for charity each year.
As the secretary of the club until very recently, the finance skills that she has learnt through her apprenticeship and at work have been invaluable.
Jayne Angove, Lizzie's manager at Clark Jenner Angove, said: "Lizzie is hard working and enthusiastic about her job and responsibilities, and is always keen to learn more. Lizzie has benefited the business by being personable with clients and staff, productive in meeting timed deadlines, reliable and willing to do whatever is needed of her."
Lizzie's hard work and commitment to her apprenticeship has seen her win the National Apprenticeship Service's Advanced Apprentice of the Year title in 2012. At a glittering awards ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham, Lizzie was chosen over hundreds of applications from all over the UK to win this prestigious award.
Phil Silvio, liaison officer for Cornwall College Business, has supported Lizzie throughout her apprenticeship. "We are so proud of Lizzie's achievement, through the awards she has won, her completion of her apprenticeship training and also in the massive impact she has had on her business," he said.
"It is clear that she has an exciting career ahead of her."
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Lizzie has been invited to represent Cornwall at a National Apprenticeship Service Parliamentary reception, hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Here, she will be sharing her thoughts on how her apprenticeship has benefitted her and her business.
To find out more about apprenticeship training and about Cornwall College Business' apprenticeship recruitment service visit www.ccb. cornwall.ac.uk, call 0800 731 7594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org