Newby Castleman Managing Partner Chris Castleman
As the latest unemployment figures reveal a worrying leap in the number of young people looking for work, a Leicester firm are looking to buck the trend by offering one lucky candidate a bright future in accountancy.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of 16 to 24-year-olds now out of work stands at the dizzying height of 1.04 million - a rate of 22.3% - but accountancy specialists and client Newby Castleman has a fast-track opportunity guaranteeing training and employment for one Year 12 pupil from a local school.
The Regent Road-based company are running an exciting competition which will see one A Level student selected for an apprentice-style role, but as the 31st January deadline looms, those with a head for numbers are being urged to enter or avoid missing out.
The training contract competition will provide one young person from Beauchamp College, Leicester Grammar or Loughborough Grammar with training for an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification, which they will train for while working for the firm.
Training will take place over two years, while the chosen candidate enjoys the added comfort of job security, as Newby Castleman guarantees a role within the company upon completion of their qualification and the possibility of further training in the future.
With more than one in five young people now seeking work and soaring costs of university education putting many off higher education, Newby Castleman believes this exciting opportunity will make a huge difference to the life of one A Level pupil.
Chris Castleman, Managing Partner at the firm, which also has a branch in Loughborough, comments: “We’re delighted to be able to offer one student a place at the firm on completion of their A Level studies – an opportunity that guarantees both training and employment. Spiralling tuition fees and the high levels of debt that accompany the university experience are putting many young people off higher education, so it’s not surprising they’re seeking other ways to get ahead. We’ve already had a huge response from young people who are keen to grasp this exciting opportunity, but I would urge anyone who hasn’t submitted their application to do so before the deadline, as this really is your last chance to enter.”
Every year hundreds of applicants, including school leavers and university graduates, contact Newby Castleman in an attempt to scoop one of its annual trainee positions, but this competition is the only opportunity that guarantees a place within the company and a fast-track route into the accountancy profession.
To enter, pupils need to submit a two-page application letter, rather than a CV, explaining why they are interested in the role and why a career in accountancy may suit them by 31st January. Shortlisted pupils will then gain a first-hand glimpse of accountancy during a week of work experience at Easter, before the winner is announced prior to the start of Year 13 and their final year of studies.
More information about the training contract competition is available, simply call the Leicester office on 0116 254 9262 or email email@example.com. Visit Newby Castleman for more details.