In what is National Apprentice Week, one Haverhill company has shown how it is reaping the benefits of recruiting young people from the local area into apprenticeships.
Fiscale Ltd, Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit specialists, has two ex-Castle Manor Academy students and a former student of Joyce Frankland Academy 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 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 said: “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. He 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. She completed her GCSEs at Castle Manor and is now doing a Level 2 Business and Administration Apprenticeship with Cambridge Regional College.
Bethany would like to continue her development by progressing onto the ATT qualification.
If you would like to find out more about R&D Tax Credits please call Fiscale on 01440 708 333 or visit www.fiscale.com.
To find out more about the Apprentice Scheme in Haverhill please contact the Haverhill Youth Skills Manager, Karen Chapple, on 07877 142000.