30 May
By Claire Featherstone
Categories: Taxation/Social

Naylor Wintersgill Apprentice: Q&A

Find out exactly what it’s like to be an apprentice at Naylor Wintersgill from Edward Ainley who is currently studying for a professional tax qualification with us.

Edward joined Naylor Wintersgill as an apprentice in our busy tax team in 2018 and is hoping to complete his Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualification by the end of 2020. From there, he aspires to continue with his studies and become a fully qualified Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) in the future.

We caught up with Edward to find out more about apprentice life.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about becoming an apprentice?

A: I’ve enjoyed my start to the apprenticeship. The working environment is good and I wouldn’t say I really feel like an apprentice. I get given work that challenges me and isn’t just something the more senior people don’t want to do.

Q: What kind of work have you been doing as part of your day-to-day job role?

A: I’ve been exposed to a lot of different forms of tax in my role so far. I have been set tasks such as researching certain topics and collating the information to provide to clients, which I’ve enjoyed. This has covered a variety of different things such as information on pensions, tax reliefs and inheritance tax, with some really technical aspects which aren’t always easy to understand! This is good as it allows me to learn additional skills, such as how to present information in a format which is clear and easy to understand by our clients.

Q. How have you found the balance between studying for a professional qualification and working life?

A: I like the fact that college is done in blocks, such as 3-4 day intense courses. I think that this allows me to gain more day to day on the job knowledge and get the experience I need to improve. I’ve noticed that, unlike other courses, the things we learn through the ATT are really relevant to what we do day to day. It’s been really beneficial for me to start the course as early as I did, as every time I go to college I feel more confident with the knowledge I’ve learnt at work.

Q: What’s really surprised you the most since starting your apprenticeship?

A: I think one thing that’s surprised me is the amount I feel I’ve learnt in the 6 months I’ve been at Naylor Wintersgill. There is such a big difference from what I knew at the start to now.  The team are really friendly and always willing to help, which makes me feel more comfortable to ask people questions on anything I’m not sure of.

About Naylor Wintersgill

Here at Naylor Wintersgill, we are passionate about promoting homegrown talent. As an officially appointed training firm of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, we’re extremely proud to have been offering an apprenticeship programme to grow and develop our workforce of the future for over 25 years.

You can find out more about our training centre here.