Kallan Keenan - AAT

Kallan Keenan

A-level Maths, Biology and Physical Education.
Accounting Technician

I really enjoy being part of such a large and successful company, the variety of experience I get on my placements, and the opportunities that come with working for the company. These include being supported in a placement to Bristol, customer-visit trips to naval vessels whilst working in the Naval business, and the community and voluntary opportunities available.

It can be a bit of a shock to the system coming from sixth-form environment straight into the office full-time, but the other apprentices - and going to college - help a lot. Colleagues in the office are also incredibly welcoming and social, so there's always something going on.

I've had a placement in Group Finance which gave a real insight into the company's finances as a whole, and was involved in production the 2013 Annual Report. During this placement I also worked in the Finance Systems project team, and was involved on the implementation of the companies new Consolidation Programme.

Working in Naval gave a great insight into a customer-facing business unit. It was the other side of the spectrum to Group Finance, looking specifically into a small section of the business.

For the first 12 months I spent one or two days a week studying the AAT qualification (Association of Accounting Technicians). I then had a six-month study break before starting the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounts) qualification, which is block-release residentially to Wales for around 22 weeks over 14 months.

As well as the external professional qualifications, Rolls-Royce provide an incredible amount of internal training. When starting new roles, colleagues give you lots of one-to-one time. Joining as a trainee you get given a plan, but opportunities are always available and encouraged for extra development where needed.