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Danny Westley - WMS

Interview with Danny Westley, Apprentice in Warwick Medical School's Finance Department

Tell us about the type of work you were doing...

Processing and raising invoices, goods receipting, analysis of costs and research reports.

Why did you become an apprentice?

I liked the idea of learning in a practical way and it’s certainly worked out that way.

Why did you choose the University of Warwick?

My strength is numbers, so when I saw the role description working in a Finance office at the University of Warwick I went for it.

What was the highlight of your apprenticeship?

My birthday. When I came into the office my team had decorated my desk and bought me a birthday cake! That just sums up how welcoming they have been and how I really feel part of the team.

Which bits did you enjoy the least?

Just the usual ‘getting started’ in my very first work place. Understanding the processes and meeting lots of new people.

What are your plans for the future?

To complete my apprenticeship and fingers crossed there will be a role for me at Warwick at the end.

What would you say to someone who was considering joining an apprenticeship?

If you put the effort in you’ll enjoy it. You learn so much and you’re treated as an adult.

Interview with Kathryn Balanescu, WMS Finance Department

How was your experience of working with an apprentice?

We really enjoy having Danny as part of our team. A young person’s perspective enhances the team and whilst there is an extra time commitment it is rewarding.

Within our team Jeanette Preedy is Danny’s line manager. She liaises with the college Danny attends, to make sure the theoretical training at the college is then developed into practical experience at the office. Additionally Sharon Sword is Danny’s mentor and she’s there to support him on a day-to-day basis.

What are the key benefits of having an apprentice on the team?

It's rewarding but it also strengthens the Universities links with the local community and promotes Warwick as a hub of good practice in supporting the regional apprenticeship strategy.

Danny Westley and Kathryn Balanescu at WMS Finance Department