Partnership adding up for chosen career path

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Mar 2018

FANTASTIC lifelong careers!

That’s the bottom line when it comes to a long-established working partnership between Grimsby’s Franklin College and the region’s leading independent chartered accountancy practice, Forrester Boyd.

More than 20 former students are now employed with the firm, and some have developed through the ranks to senior levels.

They have entered the South St Mary Gate offices as both graduates and directly from Franklin, where trainees have a full time role within the business as well as fully funded study days.
Accountancy qualifications achieved include AAT, ACA and ACCA.

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Bringing enrichment to education, Franklin has five thriving Career Ready programmes and Forrester Boyd has been involved from the outset with the Business Academy to provide valuable mentorships and summer internships.

Franklin College principal Trevor Wray said: “We are pleased that so many of our students are finding rewarding careers in the local area. We have built up successful links with many locals companies over the past few years particularly through our Career Academy programme. This has allowed our students to learn about industry and progression opportunities alongside their College studies. We see great value in this relationship with Forrester Boyd and all of our other business partners.”

In order to ensure Franklin College’s students get the best careers advice, guidance and experience possible during their time at college, Chantelle Ellis, head of human resources at Forrester Boyd has become enterprise advisor for the Careers Enterprise Company, working closely with experienced careers staff to develop a careers plan for the college.

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Kevin Hopper staff partner, said: “We pride ourselves on recruiting locally and Franklin students who work for us are enthusiastic and well prepared for the structured training programmes we place them on.
“Many of our trainees have progressed through the firm, in some cases to become managers or partners and those who have left the firm have achieved high positions in the local business community.”

Alex Shreeve 
Age: 26 
Senior accountant  

Studied: A-level Accounts, Maths and Sport  
AS Economics.

“I was always better at Maths than English throughout school and college and so I chose to do accounts as one of my A-level subjects which I really enjoyed. Franklin gave me the opportunity to achieve the
qualifications I needed and also provided insights into what a career in accounts would involve.

“What I enjoy most about my job now is getting to work in a great team which makes my life very enjoyable. I like being able to get out and help our clients with their tax planning and I frequently go networking with other companies.

“Since working at Forrester Boyd I have studied AAT and ACCA accounts qualifications”

Phoebe Cranmer 
Age: 20 
Trainee accountant

Studied:  A-level Accounting, Business Studies and English Language.

“I decided to go into accounting because I have always enjoyed maths and had the opportunity to complete my work experience at an accountants. I then became more interested as I studied A Level Accounting and realised it would be a good career for me.

“My accounting tutor at Franklin was a former accountant, he helped me understand more about the industry and the options available to me. Franklin provided lots of chances to learn about apprenticeships and all the opportunities available to me.

“I particularly like that accounting involves problem solving and I get to interact with clients and travel.

“I am now AAT qualified and studying to become a chartered accountant.”

Carrie Jensen 
Age: 26 
Assistant manager

Studied:  A-level  Maths, English Language, German and Government & Politics

“I decided to go into an accounting career as I had always enjoyed maths at school and it was a subject I had done well in, so thought accountancy would put that to good use.

“I was actually planning on going to university to study accountancy, so the college helped me write my personal statement for the application. I was then able to translate some of this into the job application for Forrester Boyd once I changed direction. 

“I had some great tutors that I was able to go to for advice and job interview tips.

“In my current role I really like going out and meeting with clients to see how their business works and how we can support them to be successful.

“While working at Forrester Boyd I have been able to study AAT and then ACA qualifications.”

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