Industry views | 08 March 2018
During National Apprenticeship Week 2018, we speak to Accounting Team Leader Matt Pedder about what made him choose the apprenticeship route, and how the process has supported his career here at Wincanton.
Tell us a little about the ‘Get Ahead’ apprenticeship programme and what attracted you to it.
The Get Ahead apprenticeship is designed to provide aspiring leaders the tools to be an effective manager for the future. One of my colleagues had completed the course at Wincanton and I was drawn to the experiences and opportunities the course gave him. It was this, as well as my own desire to gain insight and experience of leading my own team, that prompted me to apply.
How long have you been in your current role and what experience have you gained?
When I applied for the Get Ahead course I was a Senior GL Accounting Assistant. I had been in the role six months when the course commenced last summer.
I am now an Accounting Team Leader at the Wincanton head office, managing a team of three. Part of the course focused on mentoring and coaching and this has been valuable in helping me manage and motivate my own team.
In your experience, what have been the main benefits of going down this route for career progression?
One of the main benefits of the course has been networking with my colleagues. It has given me a broader view of the business, from operations to back office. The ability to look outwards from what you currently do and incorporate other ways of thinking is critical.
Would you recommend the apprenticeship route to others? If so, why?
I would definitely recommend this course through the apprenticeship programme. Working with like-minded people from different backgrounds has given me confidence in my own ability. I am now working towards an industry recognised qualification alongside the apprenticeship and this is something which will add weight to my CV and set me up for future development.
The away days and nights out aren’t bad either!
What are your aspirations for the future?
I have no set goals for my career, as I don ‘t like to put a ceiling on what I can achieve. In my first three years the direction I thought I’d take has constantly changed. I am completing my accounting qualification alongside Get Ahead and will be looking to progress within accounting at Wincanton….Finance Director sounds good!