Case Study: Rebecca

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Straight A pupil opts for apprenticeship over university

Rebecca was very pleased when she secured an apprenticeship as a trainee tax advisor at McEwan Wallace, a position, which at the time had only ever been offered to university graduates. Rebecca worked exceptionally hard to convince an employer to take her on and prove that she was capable. When asked about her journey from A Levels to her position at McEwan Wallace today, Rebecca commented as follows: “When completing my A-levels, all students were very much geared towards going to university as though they had no other choice after sixth form. It took a lot for me to break the stereotype and opt for an Apprenticeship. As a straight A student I was expected to go to university, however, I always believed that an apprenticeship would be so much more beneficial to my career path. My role as a trainee tax adviser is really enjoyable; I prepare tax returns, both for companies and individuals and assist with other day to day tax matters such as the checking of tax codes, assisting with enquires and, more recently, preparing complex tax planning strategies for various clients. I deal with clients on a daily basis, over the phone, via email and face to face; that kind of experience is invaluable. My aspiration for the short term is to become the first apprentice to become ATT qualified, and I am well on my way to achieving this. I was recently afforded the honour of attending a business seminar regarding apprenticeships at which local business and training providers attended, as well as some A Level students. I was asked to deliver a speech to communicate to the audience the benefits I had experienced since the start of my apprenticeship. Once I had delivered my speech, I was provided with feedback from the audience which couldn’t have been more positive! I had made them “sit up and take note” of what apprenticeships can actually offer the individual, rather than just the logistics of an apprenticeship, as well as the benefits it can deliver. I have already been into a school and managed to change one pupil’s outlook. After hearing my story, he now wants to become an apprentice, rather than go to university. I now want to inspire as many others as possible.” Rebecca was recently awarded the title of Wirral Apprentice of the Year 2014 at the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeships.

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