Apprenticeship sparks new career for Connor
9 March 2018
A qualified electrician with a degree in Economics and Mathematical Science, Connor, 24, already has a varied CV. Now he’s taking his first steps to becoming a professionally accredited accountant with a graduate apprenticeship at Metropolitan.
At the age of 21, Connor Liddle found himself at a crossroads. An electrician by trade, already with a few years of experience under his belt, he decided he wanted to pursue a different career.
“I came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to do the work I was doing for the rest of my life,” he remembers. “I had always wanted to go to university, so I thought: ‘It’s now or never.’”
Connor started studying with the Open University, taking up a part-time delivery job to fit in with his academic schedule. Flash forward three years and he’s earned a BA in Economics and Mathematical Science, and has started a new career with a graduate apprenticeship at Metropolitan – working to become a professionally qualified accountant.
“I started with zero experience of accountancy, so it’s been a pretty steep learning curve,” he explains. “Everyone has been really nice, though – and I’ve felt very supported by the team here.”
The three-year programme sees him working an average of four days a week in the office and spending one day a week studying for a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Over the course of the three years, he’ll gain experience with a number of different teams within Metropolitan, and he says he’s looking forward to absorbing as much information as possible.
“The next few years I will mainly be focused on really learning about the business. By the end of the apprenticeship, I’ll have a good idea of what area I enjoy the most and can steer my career according to that, with the relevant experience to back it up.
“I’d like to stay in housing in the long term, specifically in the development part. As an electrician, I worked on a lot of new developments – and the feeling of turning a project from plans on paper into something real was very satisfying. It would be great to stay in that world, but contribute in a different capacity.”
As part of the apprenticeship, Connor has a designated mentor at Metropolitan – Kirsty Newland, Senior Finance Business Partner.
Kirsty says: “When he started in September, Connor really hit the ground running and has impressed with his aptitude for the work and his willingness to learn. I’m confident he’ll be very well prepared for the next step up in his career after he finishes the apprenticeship programme.”