In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, we spoke to Tom, our Accounts Payable Apprentice who was kind enough to share how he’s getting on in his new role.


Tell us about your role at Portland and how long you’ve worked here?

I started full-time at Portland as an Accounts Payable Apprentice in November 2019. I assist the Accounts Payable department with the day-to-day running of the business, this consists of processing outgoing payments and inputting Invoices and Receipts on our accounting software.


Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

They’re beneficial in numerous ways, but I decided to do an apprenticeship because I can gain knowledge and qualifications whilst advancing my experience in a working environment. An apprenticeship can also help provide you with a career by offering a different path than going through University.


What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship?

I enjoy being in the working environment where you are treated as an adult and not just a student, my apprenticeship offers different ways of learning compared to school and college.


What did you do before working at Portland?

Before Portland, I studied a Sports and Exercise diploma at college, this led to a Personal Training course where I became Level 3 qualified. Alongside studying I had a part-time retail position at Next Plc, which I had since leaving school at 16.


What would you like to do after your apprenticeship?

After my apprenticeship I would like to continue my education by moving on to my Level 4 Professional Qualification in Accounting. I’d also be interested in travelling to either the USA or Australia.


What would your advice be to someone who was thinking about starting an apprenticeship?

It doesn’t matter what you were studying before, you can choose an apprenticeship in something completely different as apprenticeships are all about learning.

When starting an apprenticeship, it’s important to be professional and willing to work hard as it can be difficult managing studying and exams whilst working full time.


We also spoke to Tom’s line manager, Jake, about the benefits of Apprenticeships and here's what he had to say...


Apprenticeships are a great way of gaining exposure to a working environment while studying in your chosen discipline. I feel this is particularly relevant to a finance role, where an apprentice starts studying AAT Level 2 and can immediately action the skills they learn in their daily role. Anyone considering finance as a future career path should contemplate an Apprenticeship.


Tom has been a great addition to not only the Finance Team but the office as a whole. He has a strong work ethic and a great desire to learn. What is particularly impressive about Tom is he will actively look to improve certain processes within his job remit.



Happy National Apprenticeship Week from Portland Brown!


If you’re interested in opportunities at Portland Brown please email [email protected] for more information.