A pupil from Morley is one of 15 young people chosen from over 300 applicants to win a scholarship to study accountancy with Kaplan Financial.
Each scholar gains the opportunity to complete their Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification followed by further training to become a qualified accountant and the award is worth up to £15,000 for each winner.
Molly Kellett, 18, managed to succeed each stage of the selection process, impressing the panel of interviewers with her passion for numbers, solving problems and aspiration to work in an accountancy related field.
Molly has just secured herself a placement job in the finance department at Turn Key in Leeds, a successful full service marketing firm. However she has high hopes to one day become a freelance accountant.
After receiving her award from Kaplan’s Birmingham centre, Molly said: “I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity, university wasn’t for me, and it’s almost impossible to get into the accounting industry without a higher education qualification.
“An apprenticeship is a great route for people like me who know exactly what career they want. I feel gaining practical experience will make me more employable after my scholarship has finished, and I won’t have a ton of debt to worry about!”
Molly, a former Bruntcliffe School pupil, will now receive £15,000 worth of accountancy apprenticeship training followed by a further professional qualification to become a charted accountant.
Kaplan works closely with local schools to find new talent and, through Kaplan’s free recruitment service, matches the most appropriate candidates with local businesses who are looking to take on apprentices.
Jenny Mason, Kaplan Apprenticeship Co-ordinator said: “Congratulations to Molly! The competition was exceptionally high this year, so she should be proud of herself; to be awarded a place is an achievement in itself.
“The Scholarship programme is a great opportunity, especially in a time where it’s so hard for young adults to find employment with work-based training, and with university fees being so expensive apprenticeship are a real viable career option to become a qualified accountant without getting into debt.
“I’m sure Molly will enjoy her time working for Turn Key and training with Kaplan.”
The Kaplan Scholarship applications for 2014 open in August and are available to pupils in years 11 and 13 in England and Glasgow who have a passion for numbers and aspire to work in an accountancy related field.
To find out more, or to apply for Leeds-based apprenticeship vacancies, visit kaplanapprenticeships.co.uk.