Local School Leaver Awarded Accounting Scholarship worth £15,000

Seventeen year-old Kayleigh Hagen of East Kilbride is one of just 16 young people to be selected from 300 applicants for an Accountancy 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.

Kayleigh succeeded at each stage of the selection process by impressing the panel of five interviewers with her passion for numbers, ability to remain calm under pressure and passion to work in an Accountancy-related field. Amazingly, all five panellists told Kayleigh they would employ her and she was offered a job and an interview on the day. She now has a secured Apprentice job at local firm, Campbell Dallas where she will start at the end of the month.

Yvonne Anderson, HR Director at Campbell Dallas said:

“Campbell Dallas is delighted to have secured Kayleigh as one of our AAT students for our 2014 intake. She impressed us throughout our recruitment and selection process and we believe she will be a great asset to our firm. Campbell Dallas is currently going through a period of considerable growth and we hope that Kayleigh will be part of this success.”

With the rate of youth unemployment so high, Kayleigh 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, Kayleigh 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 Kayleigh! 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 Kayleigh 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 Kayleigh the best of luck with her Apprenticeship!”

If you’re an employer, you can take on Kayleigh to work in your Accounts department and benefit from a talented addition to your team with her training costs covered. We also have several impressive runners-up who are looking to become an Accountancy Apprentice. Visit http://www.kaplanvocational.co.uk/talent for more information.

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 Glasgow-based Apprenticeship vacancies visit kaplanapprenticeships.co.uk .

Submitted by Laura Crossley

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