Matthew started working at Wyre Forest District Council in October 2015 undertaking his Accountancy Apprenticeship through Kidderminster College.
Matthew said: “Training as an apprentice I am fortunate to work with an experienced Internal Audit team, who are able to develop my audit skills and public sector knowledge and are always willing to take time to answer my many questions. The variation of work is the best attribute, all of which has given me an insight into how a District Council works, and just what work is done often not seen by the public.”
“Internal Audit are often the team that colleagues will ask for advice if they are having problems or wish to change a process, and this can be challenging, but very rewarding as you feel you are contributing to how the Council functions. Whilst being mentored by the Senior Auditor, I have been able to contribute to reviews of changes both at our Depot site and Tourist Information Centre. I have also had the opportunity to assist the Corporate Fraud Officer in raising awareness of the Wyre Forest District Councils fraud campaign.”
“In addition I have been able to observe the formal Committee process in action by observing the Audit Committee, and attending the Treasury Management training provided for councillors. Working in a local government environment specifically Wyre Forest House with its open plan design has given me the ability to learn how an organisation functions as a whole and to interact with all levels of staff from Councillors, Directors, Managers Colleagues and fellow Apprentices.”
The Apprenticeship scheme has provided Matthew with the opportunity to progress on to his Higher Apprenticeship in Accountancy this year. Matthew is a great example of a successful Kidderminster College apprentice, where he has gained experience, a salary and qualifications whilst working within his chosen industry.