• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • I perform a role alongside the school business manager, which is unique to schools, by supporting administration and managing the financial, site and support services within the school context. Following this, I also provide essential support to the school leadership teams and supporting in other areas by implementing their financial and business decisions as well as drafting and monitoring the school budget, setting up financial controls and reporting on performance to ensure that the best value for money is achieved. I learn and understand areas of payroll, maintaining accounts and financial reporting to the headteacher and governors.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Yes. I have developed my professionalism when communicating with parents/guardians as well as other members of staff in the school. My confidence now in comparison to when I first started has improved dramatically enabling me to face many different challenges daily and achieve my daily goals. I also use my interpersonal skills which help me throughout my day to day work.


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • I really enjoy my programme as it is very flexible and I know how to manage my time efficiently and effectively. This allows me to submit work on time and achieve certain goals by a specific deadline. My programme varies in daily tasks which widens my opportunities and strengthens my experience in many different areas.


  • 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • My programme is very well structured and extremely organised. This is because I have a flexible timetable in which I can work with different departments in the school to gain more experience and knowledge in terms of what it’s like and adapt my useful skills to help teachers in the school. My transferable skills are extremely beneficial and I feel have had a positive impact to the school.


  • 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • I receive a lot of support from my employer as they give regular phone calls to ensure that everything is going well at my place of work. I find this useful as it shows the employee that you are cares about you and knows that you can do well. Occasionally we do zoom meetings and meet with other apprentices which is really fun and we play games and participate in quizzes.


  • 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
  • My training provider is highly supportive and we have regular meetings monthly to track my progress and check up on my portfolio to ensure it is up to date with all the work set for me to complete. They are very reliable and push you to do your best to achieve your highest possible grade.


  • 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
  • I feel that my work set monthly which is completed reflects my entire qualification and overall grade. Pushing that one step further helps me to try harder and do better giving me the opportunity to push my grade up and the chance of me achieving a distinction higher. Completing my work on time is important as it shows dedication and independence.


  • 8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
  • Yes. The school has Co-curricular activities for pupils Monday-Thursday of which different year groups have different days. I occasionally participate as I classify this as good experience and it is a fun activity. Clubs such as Basketball, MMA, Boxing, Cooking, Arts and Crafts and activities offsite happen weekly which is very fun and exciting


  • 9a. Would you recommend Inspire ATA Ltd. to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • They are very supportive and friendly and have a passion for what they do. Inspire ATA have an extraordinary output and do their best to ensure you are happy at your place of work. Occasionally they arrange zoom meetings with other apprentices you can meet and participate in activities and online games together.

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Inspire ATA Ltd.?
  • There are no specific tips I would particularly give to Inspire ATA other than to keep doing what they are doing as they are an amazing organisation who believe in what they do and believe in their employees. They are very caring and believe in you to do your best.


Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5/6/7)

Accounting, Business & Administration, Finance & Banking


April 2022

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