Ryan Cook has been named as Finance Apprentice of the Year in annual awards organised by Cambridge Regional College. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate excellent employers and employees from across the region.
Ryan, 21, who works with Omobono Digital Marketing in Cambridge, said: “The whole experience of the apprenticeship programme has been a great way to learn and enter the world of work. College and a job role is the perfect combination.
“I went to University to study Business Management Accountancy and Finance but after a long first year of difficulties, I made the decisions to leave after completing all my exams. During the summer I decided to look for work. I wanted to get a job in which would excel my skills; therefore getting the job at Omobono was perfect!”
“Over time, I was able to gain responsibility, in charge of items like expenses, checking VAT, and posting in our accounting system. This responsibility grew as my knowledge in my studies increased.
“The good thing about being a finance apprentice is that I work in a small friendly team and I get involved in all aspects of the business.
“After leaving university I wanted to make sure I found a role that was worthwhile and this certainly is. Being an apprentice is the perfect way to learn for me and it mixes the reality of the job with a back-up of time with the tutor to help cement your learning.
“Betty at CRC has been amazing, the best teacher I could hope for. If there are things I am not sure of, she stays behind at the end of the day to ensure I understand. I can then implement things learned in college in the workplace thanks to my team.
“The main thing for me was substituting my university degree for an apprenticeship. In my opinion, the university route means many students are not prepared to go into work. The apprenticeship route means you are more than ready and coached every step of the way.”