Apprenticeship programme for Grammar pupils

Grammar pupil Alex Smyth.   INCT 10-721-CON
Grammar pupil Alex Smyth. INCT 10-721-CON

Two Carrickfergus Grammar School students are to boost their career prospects through a popular school leaver’s programme.

Year 14 pupils Connor Simms (pictured) and Alex Smyth each completed a demanding five-stage application process to gain a place on the PricewaterhouseCoopers Higher Apprenticeship initiative.

Grammar pupil Connor Simms.   INCT 10-720-CON

Grammar pupil Connor Simms. INCT 10-720-CON

It is the second year that pupils from the school have been successful in achieving a place on the programme.

The scheme allows candidates to study towards a professional qualification, whilst also working for the organisation on various client projects across the UK, Europe and even America.

The programme is an alternative for talented individuals who are interested in a career in accountancy, finance or consulting, but are not enticed by university life or are wary of the financial burden imposed by university tuition fees.

Connor and Alex, who both study A-level Accounting at the school, are both on course to achieve an A* in the subject.

Connor has been successful in attaining a placement in the area of Transaction Services in the Belfast office, while Alex was successful in his application for a position in Assurance in the St Alban’s office near London.

They are now looking forward to the opportunity to develop their business and accounting skills whilst earning a competitive salary and undertaking formal training and qualifications.