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Helena Tranter – PM&M Accountants

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Name, Age and Job Role
Helena Tranter, 19, Tax Trainee

Which type of Apprenticeship are you doing or have you completed?
Currently in an advanced apprenticeship working towards my ATT (Association of Taxation Technicians) qualification to make me a qualified Tax Advisor. I am doing this through Tolleys.

Who do you work for and what do they do?
PM+M Chartered Accountants, offers services in Accountancy, Tax, Corporate Finance, Wealth Management & Technology.

Why did you choose to become an apprentice?
The university life didn’t appeal to me & I preferred to work whilst I learn. I was ready to move away from the classroom.

What does your day in your work life involve?
It involves helping my colleagues to advise their clients on their tax affairs. It also involves preparing personal tax returns & submitting tax returns to HMRC.

What do you enjoy and what is the best thing about being an apprentice?
I enjoy earning whilst I am learning. I get to gain experience in the career I want to pursue as I am studying towards my qualifications. I feel that it makes it easier to understand the content as I am getting to use it as well as see it in practical work.

What are your career plans and what would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?
I would like to pass all my exams & qualify as a tax advisor. I hope that I have started to build my own client portfolio.

What is your greatest achievement?
Getting a scholarship for a contemporary Youth Dance Company in Manchester called ‘The Pointe’. This gave me opportunities that are also great achievements such as performing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Give us one fun fact about yourself!
I have never broken a bone!

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about becoming an apprentice?
Do it. If you want to get out of the classroom & do hands on learning, then you should definitely go for it!

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