Brittney is the first trainee to join us on an ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) training contract. The CFAB training route allows school leavers to combine study and exams with ‘on-the-job’ work experience to get started on working towards their ACA qualification without going to university.
Britney completed her A-levels in maths, further maths, accounting and economics in the summer of 2018 and joined WMT in February 2019.
“I’ve always wanted to be an accountant so picked A-level subjects that would help me on that route. On completing my A-levels I was keen to go to university but was a little shocked when I looked into tuition fees and living costs involved. One of my school teachers advised me to keep my options open which led me towards the CFAB option. I still applied to uni but also put in applications for training contracts at some local firms.
The application process for WMT was one of the simplest I came across and the location of the office next to St Albans station meant that my daily commute would be easy too. I submitted a CV and covering letter and was invited to interview shortly after.
I went through the same interview process as the ACA recruits – online competence testing followed by an interview and a skills assessment and presentation. I was offered the job a few days later.”
Brittney’s CFAB training will take approximately 18 months and consists of 6 exams. On completion she will progress onto the ACA qualification. For the majority of her training, Brittney will work within the firm’s accountancy and assurance team, working on client accounts, bookkeeping and audit.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at WMT so far. My training is more focused and supported than it might have been in a bigger firm. I received a good explanation of my training path from the ICAEW and feel like my route to qualification is well planned.
The team have been really friendly and welcoming and it’s nice to be working alongside people of a similar age. I like that the firm has a good mix of people and since attending young professionals networking events, I have realised how reputable WMT is in the local marketplace.
WMT is my first job since leaving school. I’ve had to work hard to adapt to working life and juggling work and study, but it seems to be going well so far. I have passed my first two exams and I’m enjoying the challenge of the client work. Once I finish my ACA, I am hoping to work towards a tax specialist role and gain further experience from the tax team here.”
My training is more focused and supported than it might have been in a bigger firm.