St Helens Chamber is launching a brand new Accountancy Study Programme for 2020, aimed at creating talented candidates for local businesses and helping young people take the first step into the world of finance.
Delivered over seven months, starting in September 2020 the study programme combines a range of highly sought after qualifications with relevant work experience, and aims to encourage a new generation of finance professionals to enter the local workforce.
The financial sector is thriving in the Liverpool City Region, which has the second largest wealth management industry in the UK, so there are plenty of opportunities for ambitious young people to hit the ground running in roles across the region.
Laura Brogden, young people’s development manager, at St Helens Chamber, said: “Many young people have come to the chamber showing an interest in starting a career in accounting, so we’ve created this study programme to help these young people pursue their career aspiration.
“It’s important to us to invest in developing the next generation, and this study programme will give local young people the opportunity to take that important first step onto the career ladder in this exciting industry.”
The Accountancy Study Programme will be delivered both at St Helens Chamber and from their base at Merseyside Youth Association in Liverpool City Centre, training students aged 16-18 in the basics of accountancy; with modules including calculating sales invoices and credit notes, dealing with VAT and checking transactions for accuracy.
Alongside building their accountancy skills, students will complete an extended work experience placement and also will benefit from an all-expenses-paid study trip to Germany, a range of field trips, free driving lessons and more to broaden their industry knowledge.
Laura said: “This new study programme will create brand new candidates with the right training to be able to fill the vacancies of local businesses, boosting employment in our area.
“Plenty of local businesses are in need of candidates and are more than happy to offer apprenticeships after seeing how valuable they can be to a business. The study programme will help us to meet this demand and continue our work to support both young people and the local economy.”