A BUDDING young financier has been given a helping hand into the world of accountancy after scooping a prestigious £15,000 scholarship.
Danielle Ward was one of 15 lucky young people to secure an accountancy apprenticeship with leading training provider Kaplan and Manchester firm Mitchell Charlesworth.
Danielle, 18, was given her prize after making it past a field of 300 applicants and a testing selection process, impressing the interview panels with her flair for maths and problem solving and her determination to work in accoutancy.
Danielle, who decided to apply for the apprenticeship after ruling out an academic route into her chosen career, says she has loved maths since she was young and had been encouraged to consider a career involving working with numbers throughout her upbringing.
Danielle said: “I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity, I’m still shocked I’ve got it. University wasn’t for me, and it’s almost impossible to get into the accounting industry without a higher education qualification.
“An apprenticeship is a great route for people like me who know exactly what career they want and I feel developing industry specific experience will make me a lot more employable after my scholarship has finished.”
Danielle will work full-time at Mitchell Charlesworth while training with Kaplan for an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualifications, followed by further study to become a qualified chartered accountant.
Kaplan says the scholarship provides an opportunity for talented young people to start moving into their chosen field and has pledged to continue supporting the apprenticeship programme to help young people struggling in the economic downturn, which has seen unemployment among those aged 25 and under rise sharply.
Alison Lavell from Mitchell Charlesworth said: “Danielle shone above the other applicants. She was clearly very accomplished and showed a high level of maturity, and she’d done her research about the company, knew about the exam process and knew where she wanted her career to go.
“With so many high achievers coming to us with As and Bs, there has to be something more to differentiate them than just good grades. Young people make the perfect employees as they have little preconceived ideas.”
The 2014 applications open next month, available to pupils in years 11 and 13 across who would like to work in the accountancy. Visit www.kaplanapprenticeships.co.uk