Supporting Our Apprentices To Make Every Day Count

Freya Cummings

Supporting Our Apprentices To Make Every Day Count

Accounting is no easy feat, which is why we’re committed to investing in young people’s learning.

We recently welcomed two apprentices to our team, Keiran and Freya, who will be joining us for the next five years to achieve their ICAS accounting qualifications. ICAS is the leading training programme for accountants, which supports, educates, and empowers students to achieve their qualifications through strategic learning and work placements.

At MMG, everyone counts! Our apprentices will be able to develop their learning through real-life scenarios. A mentor has been allocated to each of the students, who will be there to answer any questions and help the apprentices excel.

Keiran -

“My first month at MMG has been great! As cliché as it sounds, I’ve always loved math’s and problem solving, which is what led me to accounting. Math may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I saw accounting as a way to continue using numbers.

“When looking for an accountancy firm to carry out my qualification, MMG instantly stood out. I knew that I wanted to join a forward-thinking firm. When looking at MMG’s website, their mission statement, in particular, caught my eye, and the vast range of software they offer for providing services to clients was the cherry on top.

“For the duration of my qualification, I’ll work alongside the Perth team in different departments with Rikki Jenkins as my mentor. Moving to Perth was daunting to me, coming from a small village in the borders. Not only do I have to get to grips with my new role and qualification, but also being in a new city. My eagerness to learn will make me more comfortable over time, and the team has already made me feel more confident.

“The Chartered Accountant qualification is difficult to achieve as it consists of multiple exams year per year alongside coursework and workplace learning activities. It will be a busy few years, but I have no doubts that it’ll all be worth it in the end.

“I look forward to continuing my learning with MMG and hopefully securing a permanent position with them in the future. For now, I’m focusing on my accounting qualification before deciding whether to specialise in a specific department. The team have been very supportive, especially Megan and Rikki who’ve made my transition that bit easier.”

Freya –

“In school, I was always drawn towards numbers and computer-based subjects. This interest led me to pursue an accounting course at college, which confirmed that it was the job for me. I then began my apprenticeship with MMG and joined ICAS as it seemed like the best way to become a Chartered Accountant.

“An apprenticeship is a hands-on approach to learning.  This will better prepare me for the future, as rather than reading a mountain of textbooks, I’ll be faced with life real-life scenarios. I’m looking forward to using what I’ve learnt through my studies, on different accounts and clients, as it’ll be rewarding to see my hard work pay off.

“My journey with MMG started when I was in college, as I completed a three-day work experience with them and soon became aware of the apprenticeship opportunity. I knew that I’d like to continue at MMG. Not only was I enjoying my experience with them, but I also knew that they would truly care about my learning.

“My apprenticeship will be in the Crieff office, which is my hometown. MMG’s commitment to helping the local communities is one of the reasons MMG stood out to me. At first, I was intimidated by the thought of working in the office in my first ‘grown-up’ job, but luckily, the Crieff team is great! My mentor Michael Davies helps me every step of the way and shows me the ropes of what it’s like to be an accountant.

“I can’t wait to get more involved as time goes on. In five years, I would like to continue working with MMG and see where it takes me. I’m excited to get stuck in and help the different departments to find out if there is a specific area, I would like to work in. Wish me luck!”