Meet the Ambassadors

Tiffany Hickman

Tiffany is a Finance Apprentice at Blenheim Palace. She is currently working towards a Level 3 apprenticeship, which she started in 2022 after completing A Levels in Business, Sociology, Maths and English Literature & Language.

Tiffany Hickman
Finance Apprentice
Blenheim Palace

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

I chose to apply for an apprenticeship because after reading up a lot about them I thought it was the best option for me personally. This is because you can get a feel for the workplace straight away and you can gain those skills from a young age. This meant for me I was able to start my career and begin what I always had an interest in.

How did you find out about your apprenticeship?

I found out about this apprenticeship through Abingdon & Witney College.

What does your job involve?

My job involves a wide variety of things within the Sales Ledger and Purchases Ledger. I have the responsibility of creating the invoices for the bottling plant, processing invoices, helping with the Bank Reconciliations, helping post payments and receipts onto the correct entities as well as many more.

What’s the coolest thing about your job?

I find specifically interesting within the finance team is that I get to find out what is always going on, for example you could be processing invoices for different events going on within the palace.

What have you gained from your apprenticeship?

In the short space of time I have been working at Blenheim I have gained so many skills such as: talking to new people, having different responsibilities, organisation skills and learning about the role of a Sales Ledger or Purchase Ledger Assistant.

What do you plan to do next?

I would love to be able to become a fully qualified accountant, my absolute dream is to one day become a director of an accountancy firm in London.

How will your apprenticeship help you achieve this?

My apprenticeship will help me by gaining the experience I need within finance as well as enabling me to work my way through the different levels.

What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?

The advice I would give is by doing an apprenticeship you basically have a head start into your career, if you know what you want to be when you are older you shouldn’t let anything stop you. You are gaining the same qualifications as you would be getting if you were to stay on at school and you are able to experience what it is like within a working environment.

What’s your top tip?

Sometimes balancing college life and work life may be tricky, talk to your employer as they are there to support you.

How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?

When I was at school, I feel the only advice I ever got was to go to university after my A Levels as that was what was best. This meant I never really had a full understanding of what an apprenticeship would include. I would love to be able to support those young children who are maybe indecisive about starting an apprenticeship.

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