Yorkshire student awarded £15,000 accounting scholarship

Eighteen year-old Samantha Collins of Kippax is one of just 16 young people to be selected from 300 applicants for a £15,000 accountancy scholarship with Kaplan.

Impressing a panel of interviewers with her passion for numbers, ability to solve problems and desire to work in accountancy, Samantha has since secured herself an apprenticeship role at Leeds-based creative agency, Turn Key.

Each year, Kaplan awards school leavers from across the UK accountancy scholarships worth £15,000 to study for an Accountancy Apprenticeship (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA or CTA) followed by the chance to carry out further professional accountancy qualifications.

Commenting on Samantha’s recent appointment, Turn Key’s head of finance Vikki Atherton said:

“Molly, our finance assistant, joined us through Kaplan last year and is an asset to the department, so we didn’t hesitate in taking the same approach when looking for another addition to the team.

“We are a fast-growing company and we have found a great fit with employing young apprentices because they have a lust for learning, a desire to develop and carve out their career.

“Samantha is confident and her passion for the role really shone through – so we knew she’d fit right in at Turn Key.”

With the rate of youth unemployment so high, Samantha has a rare opportunity to get her foot on the career ladder early, and without incurring thousands of pounds of debt.

On receiving her award from Kaplan, Samantha said:

“I’m thrilled to have been selected for the accountancy scholarship.

“Once I’d made up my mind to become an accountant I became worried about the huge amount of debt I would come out with after studying.

“Winning the scholarship is such a huge weight of my shoulders and now I can’t wait to start my apprenticeship and start earning money.”

Jenny Mason, Kaplan Apprenticeship Advisor said:

“Congratulations to Samantha! We had hundreds of applicants of a really high calibre this year so being one of 16 winners is a real achievement, and employers will recognise this.

Being awarded the Kaplan Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity and Samantha can be reassured she has a bright future ahead of her, which is important when it’s so hard for young adults to find employment.

Apprenticeships are a real viable career option to become a qualified Accountant without getting into debt.  I wish Samantha the best of luck with her Apprenticeship!”

The Kaplan Scholarship applications for 2015 open in August 2014 and are available to young people in years 11 and 13 across England and Glasgow.

Young people must have a passion for numbers and aspire to work in an accountancy-related field.

To find out more, or apply for any of our Leeds-based apprenticeship vacancies visit kaplanapprenticeships.co.uk.

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