Vocational training a viable option versus University
A Haverhill based company is reaping the benefits of recruiting young people from the local area into apprenticeships.
Fiscale Ltd, a firm of Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit specialists, currently has two ex-Castle Manor Academy students and a former student of Joyce Frankland Academy employed on apprenticeship schemes.
Fiscale, which achieved Investors in People (IIP) Silver accreditation in November 2016, has developed its own training and development model to run alongside the Apprenticeship frameworks.
Apprentices receive regular internal training and development sessions. They are encouraged and sponsored to attend appropriate external courses of benefit to their career progression and to gain a wider understanding of the business context. Those apprentices who are following the professional tax advisor pathway have intensive coaching from the qualified tax advisors employed by the company.
Fiscale's HR Manager, Lucie Mayhew-Smith comments, "With the rise in tuition fees for current students and the average debt for a graduate estimated to be £44,000, University is without doubt an expensive route.
Professional Apprenticeships enable you to start gaining hands-on experience with an employer in your chosen profession straight after your GCSEs or A Levels, while working towards the professional qualifications you'll need to succeed in your career. It's a full-time job with a full-time salary and no tuition fees. If anyone doubts that vocational training and development is a viable alternative to University just speak with our apprentices!"
Joseph Webster-Davids attended Joyce Frankland Academy, formerly Newport Free Grammar School, joined Fiscale in January 2016 as an Apprentice Claims Administrator. He is currently studying for a Level 4 Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualification and wants to become a Chartered Tax Advisor.
Pieres Flowers was recruited by Fiscale in April 2016 as an Apprentice Claims Administrator. Pieres moved to Haverhill in 2010 and attended the Sixth Form at Castle Manor to complete his A Levels. Pieres is currently undertaking a Level 4 ATT qualification and his ambition is to become a Qualified Tax Advisor.
Bethany Cowling was appointed as an Apprentice Claims Administrator in September 2016. Bethany completed her GCSEs at Castle Manor and is now undertaking a Level 2 Business and Administration Apprenticeship with Cambridge Regional College. Bethany would like to continue her development by progressing onto the ATT qualification.
Want to know more about R&D Tax Credits?
To find out more about the R&D Tax Credit scheme and if your business activities are eligible please contact a member of the team on 01440 708333