Finance

They say that money makes the world go round, and in many ways they’re right. Almost every business is set up in order to make money, and making money is not something that happens automatically—it requires careful planning and constant attention.

Companies big and small need teams of people to look after their finances: monitoring who they need to pay, who owes them money and so on. They need people to help them sort out their tax bills and make sure all their employees get paid on time, while making them as profitable as possible. Those finance experts are, generally speaking, people with good organisational skills and a good head for numbers. And, of course, it’s not just businesses that need help with their money. From the student taking out a loan to cover tuition fees, to the entrepreneur putting on a festival, to the retired person claiming their pension, everyone needs financial help and advice at some stage. And it’s employees in banks, accountants and insurance companies who offer that help. Again, people working in these roles are organised, and good with numbers. But it’s equally important to be good with people and enjoy the challenge of helping others achieve their financial goals.

By choosing to do an apprenticeship in this area, you’ll have made a shrewd financial decision. You’ll be working towards a qualification that should see you earn a higher salary in the future. And instead of running into debt—as you’d be likely to do if you stayed in full-time education—you’ll be earning while you learn.

A higher apprenticeship offers a viable alternative to university for a number of great careers in the financial sector. Check out the higher apprenticeships in accounting, banking, insurance, investment operations, professional services, relationship manager (banking) and workplace pensions to kickstart a great future in finance.

Not only will you be qualified to help other people manage their money, you’ll also find it easier to manage your own. And as a great many jobs in the finance sector come with a higher-than-average salary, you could find yourself, quite literally, in the money.

At a glance

  • Almost every business is set up to make money—it requires careful planning and constant attention
  • Higher apprenticeships are available in accounting, banking, insurance, investment operations, professional services, relationship manager (banking) and workplace pensions
  • To work in the finance sector you should be good with people and enjoy helping others to achieve their financial goals

Qualities

  • Be good at maths
  • Be polite and presentable
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be well organised
  • Understand financial terms
  • Stay up-to-date with financial industry news
  • Have good IT skills
  • Have a strong commercial sense
  • Be trustworthy: you may be dealing with confidential and sensitive information

Useful contacts

Financial Skills Partnership—Supports the development of a skilled workforce in the UK’s financial, finance and accountancy sectors

www.financialskillspartnership.org.uk

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