Siobhan Harkin is celebrating after achieving the ACCA qualification (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants); Siobhan progressed to the ACCA after completing AAT qualifications with CWT Chamber Training. All this hard work has now paid dividends and after working for the company for the last 7 years she has been promoted to Payroll Manager with staff responsibilities.
Before leaving school Siobhan had wanted to move into the banking world but after completing her work experience decided that this route was not for her, so leaving Cardinal Newman School with good grades, her next step was Connexions who pointed her in the direction of CWT Chamber Training and as an interest in maths runs in Siobhan’s family it had to be a future with numbers! CWT put her forward for an interview with an accountancy company and she was successful starting her career as Trainee Apprentice with Leigh Christou. Siobhan’s position (as Trainee Apprentice) gave her the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles and gain valuable experiences including bookkeeping and basic summary accounts analysis. Training started with the Intermediate Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) award before progressing to the Advanced Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) at level 4 over a two year period, attending CWT centre each week. Siobhan said ‘Completing the Apprenticeship meant I had the training but also a job that gave me valuable experience that I couldn’t have got by going to university; I am now where I want to be’
Jackie Christou has worked with CWT for over 14 years and has taken advantage of the recruitment service they offer. Jackie has found this to be an invaluable service and feels that the vetting procedure and initial assessments are an important part of the recruitment package.
Karen Devany (CWT Account Manager) has worked with the company for many years and has built a strong customer relationship.
Jackie said ‘We have worked with CWT a long time and Karen knows exactly what we are looking for in an Apprentice; Siobhan is an amazing person with the clients and has worked really hard to achieve the qualification. As an employer I feel taking on Apprentices significantly benefits the company because working with a blank canvas we are able to offer them a variety of work experiences in different areas; this enables us to see if they have a natural flair in one area that we can nurture’.
Siobhan Harkin (left) with Jackie Christou