A Northampton school leaver is just one of 16 young people to be selected from 300 applicants for an accountancy scholarship.
James Preston, 16, of Wakes Meadow, Northampton, has been awarded the scholarship with Kaplan.
Each year, Kaplan awards school-leavers from across the UK Accountancy scholarships worth £15,000 each to study for an Accountancy Apprenticeship (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA or CTA) followed by the chance to carry out further professional accountancy qualifications.
James succeeded at each stage of the selection process by impressing the panel of interviewers with his passion for numbers, ability to solve problems and desire to work in an accountancy-related field. He has also secured an apprenticeship job at local accountants, MHA MacIntyre Hudson.
Richard Powell, Staff Partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson said: “We are delighted that James had chosen to start his accountancy career with MHA MacIntyre Hudson. We recruit a large number of trainees every year, always looking to take on the best and brightest talent, and James certainly meets those criteria.
“With the rate of youth unemployment so high, James has a rare opportunity to get his foot on the career ladder early, and without incurring thousands of pounds of debt.”
On receiving his award from Kaplan, James 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 begin my apprenticeship and start earning money.”
Nicola Bowden from Kaplan said: “Congratulations to James! 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 James can be reassured he has a bright future ahead of him, 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 James the best of luck with his apprenticeship.”