accountingApprentices from our account academy

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Accounting Academy apprentices attended the Leadership through Sport (LTS) guest speaker event themed to careers and finance hosted by Macquarie Bank in September.  

The LTS event included a workshop from RedSTART, who provide financial education to young people across the UK, Hazel Garvey from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), an interactive session about tailoring CVs, interview techniques, building a network and effective use of social media presented by Baz Strickland from recruitment agency London Works and a talk by Arun Assumall, Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Group and Global Head of Commodity Investor Products for Macquarie Bank. A highlight of the day for many was the networking session that followed with Arun Assumall and other senior managers from Macquarie and a tour of their impressive London headquarters.  

During the networking sessions apprentices were asked about the LTS programme and what valuable lessons they had learnt through the scheme. Macquarie managers were impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and communication skills of the apprentices and in turn talked about Macquarie and their own personal career journeys.

Apprentice, Sim Aujlu said: “The whole day was absolutely amazing from the RedSTART workshop to the tour of the building. I learned about financial budgeting and to always read the small print of borrowing money from small pay day loans all the way up to mortgages, and how to budget personal finances.”

Apprentice Andrew Kelly also added: “The highlight of my day was seeing the Macquarie team. I learnt a lot from them, about the different aspects of the business - not just financial. It really made me re-think what markets I would like to get in to.  The Macquarie team gave me a real insight into what it would be like working within a bank. I would happily do this day again!”

Caroline Adair, Executive Director of Leadership through Sport, reported that Macquarie managers who participated in the networking event and accompanied the apprentices on a tour of their London headquarters were extremely impressed by the maturity and calibre of the apprentices.  One manager suggested that Macquarie should take on an apprentice themselves and Rachel Engel, Head of the Macquarie Trust, was very complimentary saying that the College’s apprentices were head and shoulders above other groups they engage with. 

Jane O’Neill, Interim Principal and Chief Executive of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London commented, “It is fantastic to see employers offering such great opportunities for our apprentices to understand the world of work and gain an insight into the jobs available within their chosen field.”

Leadership through Sport (LTS) is an employability charity that combines sport and business, enabling young adults to reach their full potential and enjoy the benefits of employment.

This month LTS, together with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Accounting Academy and Leyton Orient Football Trust, launched the new 2014-15 programme.  Students will be placed with leading financial companies as AAT Level 3 apprentices working four days a week in paid employment whilst studying one day a week at college and taking part in a host of LTS activities.

For more information or to register your interest for the Accounting Academy, click on this link or call our Course Information Line on 020 8442 3055.

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