A LEADING accountancy firm has further signalled its commitment to investing in young people with the appointment of a new apprentice.
JF Hornby and Co has welcomed 18-year-old Carly Atkinson to the team as a trainee chartered accountant.
The former UVHS Sixth Form pupil will spend the next five years under the tutelage of her experienced colleagues as she pursues her dream job.
She said: “I completed work experience preparing accounts with a local agricultural and tourism business in the summer holidays, where I found it interesting learning about the challenges they faced due to decreases in direct government subsidies.
“This inspired me to pursue a role in accountancy as I wanted to help make a positive impact on businesses in the area. I like the idea of helping clients to save money by making their businesses more efficient.
“As an accountant, I will be solving real business problems and helping businesses to achieve their goals which will give me a sense of purpose. No two days are the same and constantly changing regulations create challenges which will keep me on my toes. I aspire to complete my qualifications to become a professional accountant and a productive member of the Hornby team.
Carly will complete her level 4 AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) course after two years. This will be followed by a further three years of study, after which she will become a Chartered Accountant.
JF Hornby & Co has established a name for itself in recent years a business that is prepared to invest in the area’s young people, offering them an alternative to university by fully funding their training to chartered status.
To date, more than 20 people have been through the JF Hornby training programme and qualified as fully-fledged chartered accountants.
Managing Director Paul Hornby said: “Carly is a fantastic addition to the team at JF Hornby & Co. She is bright, inquisitive and enthusiastic. She wants to make a positive difference and her approach is a perfect fit with our ethos.
“It gives me great pleasure to provide opportunities to college leavers who have decided that university is not for them, but want to pursue a career in the finance sector. For as long as the right people are out there, we will continue to invest in the training and development of young people.”