Our Apprentice of the Year Chats About Routes to Employment

Rebekah Valero-Lee Apprenticeships


As it’s National Apprenticeship Week we thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with our Apprentice of the Year, account apprentice Jodie Groom, who works at Morson’s sister company Morson Projects. She talks about why accounting apprenticeships are a great route into employment, no matter what age you are.

What attracted you to Morson Projects/accounts?

I was initially attracted to Morson by the strong reputation of the company. It is a friendly environment, supports charities and accommodates the needs of its staff.

I was then attracted to joining the accounts team as my sister is an accountant, so I learnt a few things from her prior to starting at Morson. This inspired me to start my journey and accounting career by achieving each level of education whilst working in an accounting environment.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because you can learn your trade academically but then you are able to put the skills you learn into practice in a working environment and expand on the knowledge you learn at college. As I am 18 years old, it helps that I get a wage as well as working and learning. If I just attended a college full time I would then have to get a part-time job alongside which may be too much and hinder my learning process.

What has your experience of an apprenticeship been?

I have enjoyed my experience so far as being an apprentice as I have worked in a team of accounts which has helped me expand on my skills and knowledge that I have learnt at college on evenings and weekends. I am enjoying my studies at Kaplan Finance in Manchester as the tutors are keen and willing to help as much as possible to ensure their students pass.

Tell us a bit about what you have learnt so far…

Considering I have only been studying for 7 months I feel I have learnt a fair amount about the basics. I am currently studying my AAT Level 2 in accounting and Finance.

I have covered topics such as:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Sage One Accounting System

I am awaiting a few results back then I can complete my synoptic unit and sit my final exam to complete my Level 2 and move onto completing my Level 3 AAT Course.

Would you recommend accounting apprenticeships to others?

Yes, I would definitely recommend accounting apprenticeships to anyone who is intrigued to learn something new, no matter what age you are. You can get a full education as well as putting it into practice on the job, in a working environment.

Morson are champions of apprenticeships, we believe they are a fantastic way to both get young people into employment and help professionals transition into new careers. Read more about our pledge to maintain a minimum of 5% of our workforce enrolled in apprenticeship schemes across our business.

Want to find out more about the apprenticeships Morson offer? Email our Head of HR becki.ross@morson.com