Next in the spotlight is our accounts graduate, Sahara Mcletchie-Holder, who discusses the value of training and her experience so far at Diamond Build Group.

What attracted you to the training opportunity at Diamond Build?

Obtaining an accounts graduate role, allowed me to enter into a relevant accounts position soon after finishing my accounting and finance degree at university. This enabled me to put what I’d learnt at university into practice, which is vital. I was also given the opportunity to complete the ACCA accountancy qualification, alongside working for Diamond Build, which is something I wanted to do.

Can you describe a typical day?

I carry out various tasks, so my days can be quite different. Typically, I try to keep on top of timesheets and inputting the data into a spreadsheet, so it’s all ready in time for job cost reports. Because of different deadlines and submission dates, I’m focused on certain tasks at certain times of the month. For example, I complete each company’s bank reconciliation at the start of the month. Towards the end of the month, I tend to be working on the payroll and its relevant procedures.

What do you like most about working and training at Diamond Build?

I like that Diamond Build is a well-rounded company that has different aspects to it, so the business is quite intriguing, and I feel stimulated to work here. I feel supported to complete work to the best of my ability and benefits such as being able to have study leave when I have an exam coming up is great!

How has training at a construction firm benefited you so far?

It’s given me a much wider insight into the construction industry and working here has enhanced my knowledge greatly, not just on an accounts perspective but also on the functions and processes of a company operating in the construction industry, and the construction industry itself.

What advice would you give to others thinking about practical accountancy training?

Definitely go for it. No matter what accountancy related route you want to go down, it’s so important and beneficial to have accounting experience. It will also help massively in understanding the theory side of accountancy.

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