MTE’s Head of Finance and Company Secretary Lindsey Leary, highlights how her apprenticeship with MTE in 2006 has contributed to her current senior management position and career success.
What is your current role?
My current role at MTE is Head of Finance and Company Secretary.
I am a senior manager responsible for the efforts, results and success of the company’s finance department and provide financial advice and support to other members of the Executive Team to enable us to collectively make key business decisions.
What apprenticeship programme did you complete?
In 2006 I started my employment with MTE as a Finance Apprentice, gaining invaluable hands on experience within the company whilst studying for my AAT Qualification.
I studied AAT Levels 2-4 during a 3-year period in which I progressed from Finance Apprentice to Accounts Assistant. I then went on to study for my ACCA Qualification, progressing from Accounts Assistant to Management Accountant during this time, gaining my full registered status as a Chartered Certified Accountant and a full member of the ACCA in 2019. Following my success of becoming a fully qualified member of the ACCA, I then went on to progress further in the business, being promoted to Head of Finance and Company Secretary in 2019.
Throughout my years of studying, MTE has supported, and continues to support my learning and this entire experience has been invaluable to me both as a professional and as an individual.
What were the benefits of your apprenticeship?
There are many benefits of completing an apprentice programme, which in my experience has helped me progress to the senior management position I am in today.
The hands-on learning experience I gained whilst studying my qualifications has been invaluable. I was able to apply the skills and knowledge obtained in the learning environment in the workplace and this strengthened my understanding of the basics of accounting. The support received from other employees within the finance department at MTE was over and above what I expected and, in some cases, meant that I had gained hands on experience in certain areas of accounting, prior to commencing the studying in the classroom environment. This made the ‘textbook’ learning of these areas much easier and allowed me to progress on to further learning more quickly.
From a personal perspective, being in a professional working environment from the age of 18 years old helped grow my self-confidence through receiving support, encouragement and praise from my more senior colleagues. As a young person, moving from education to the world of work can be a daunting process, however I feel apprenticeships do help with this transition.
What do you feel the benefits are of having apprentices within the business?
Hiring apprentices into the business is an effective way of growing talent and developing a motivated and skilled workforce. The training can be adapted to suit the specific needs of both the individual and the business and is also a way of allowing senior members of the team to pass on their skills and knowledge which have been gained over a long period of time.
In doing so, the training of apprentices can help future- proof the business by providing us with the skilled workers we need for the future. I also believe that injecting some youthful talent into the workplace is beneficial, as they can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the ever-changing world of business.