Apprenticeship scheme provides rewards

Work experience during his time at school helped Billy Toulson to decide on what career path to take. Out of the five different businesses Billy worked at, he most enjoyed his week working in an account department within a local business.  He didn’t want to commit to going to university so enrolled at Lincoln College.  During his time at College, Billy took his Level 2 and 3 AAT exams, this confirmed his choice of career and after approaching a couple of accountancy firms, he was offered a position at Nicholsons in June 2016 on the apprenticeship scheme run by Lincoln College under the watchful eye of Nigel Hullett. Billy continued with his studies and past his Level 4 AAT exam within the first year.

During his second year at the firm and as part of the apprenticeship requirements Billy had to study to gain his Level 4 Business Skills so that he could complete the apprenticeship scheme which came to an end in October 2017.

Billy has recently started studying for his ACCA and has just passed his first exam, he now has another nine exams to take and hopes to become a fully qualified accountant within the next three/four years. Once he is qualified, he would like to work in the agriculture department dealing with farm accounts.

During his time at Nicholsons Billy has been working in the agriculture team under the guidance of Senior Accountant Graham Pogson.  He also works closely with Richard Grayson, Head of the Farming team. Being a key member of the agriculture team has given him the opportunity to work on the accounts of some of the firm’s larger clients as well as being the key contact for several of the firm’s smaller clients, especially those that do their VAT returns monthly/quarterly. The number of clients he deals with is steadily growing giving Billy the chance to develop his role.  He also crosses over into the audit team as some of his work involves carry out audits.

Throughout his training Billy has worked hard to achieve his goals and as he continues to study his work within the agriculture team increases giving him more responsibility.

Billy is a member of the Farming Group as well as a member of the firm’s social committee and is active with ideas in helping to raise money for Charity and sort out events.