This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we are delighted to be able to support apprentices in various different roles across the firm, including; Business Administration & Accounts. We had a quick Q&A with Samantha Trafford, Accounts Administrator, on her experience of being an apprentice with #TeamArchers.
Q: What is your day to day role in a nutshell?
A: My job is to undertake a range of Accountancy administration duties. Part of that consists of helping to keep the Purchase Ledger up to date by regularly entering invoices received from suppliers. Also, another job that I routinely help to manage, along with another member of the accounts team, is the Credit Control. I am responsible for sending out reminder emails to clients who go over the 14 day payment policy. I also take payments from clients both over the phone and when they attend the office.
Q: How long have you been at Archers Law and can you tell us a little bit about your career journey so far?
A: I have been working at Archers Law for 1 Year and 4 Months. I previously worked at Specsavers from 2016-2018 where I then started my first year of college. After my first year of college, I applied for multiple apprenticeships including Northern Skills Group who then set up an interview with Archers Law.
Q: Why did you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?
A: I decided to apply for an Apprenticeship because I realised in my first year of college that I preferred to learn and develop new skills in a practical working environment, not just from theory based learning.
Q: What skills have you developed through your apprenticeship?
A: The skill that I believe I have developed the most is my ability to communicate to clients and understand how to deal with their individual requests based on their queries and questions.
Q: Do you have any tips on how to fit your studying around work?
A: The best way I fit my studying in with/around work is by deciding how many hours per week to revise (e.g. 5 hours) and then allocated some of these hours to work time. If you are not too busy at work in that period. (E.g. 2 hours a week to revise at work) then use the remaining hours to revise at home over the rest of the week (This leaves 3 hours left for revision for the rest of the week).
Q: What are your future career goals?
A: My future career goal is to hopefully work my way towards becoming an Accounts Manager.
Archers Law are proud to support apprentices across the firm.