I'm delighted to announce that our student Rebecca Coward scooped the title of Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious Institute of Certified Bookkeeper's (ICB) LUCA Awards held on Monday night.
Not only is this fantastic news for Rebecca - who truly deserves the recognition for her hard work and commitment - but also for Riverside Training as it is the second year running one of our students has picked up the award.
Sam Hurst won the title in 2018 - the first year our company entered the awards.
Rebecca, an accounts assistant at Bowmans Stores in Spalding, started her ICB Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship in December last year.
Winning the title rewards the determination and diligence she has shown throughout her apprenticeship. Her attitude to training has been exemplary and she has consistently achieved pass marks of 90% plus for her accountancy exams.
Riverside Training's Head of Accountancy Apprenticeships Victor Gidney collected the award on Rebecca's behalf at the glittering ceremony in London...and we will make sure she receives her much-deserved statuette as soon as possible.
A huge well done must also go to our student Michael John Wright, an account manager at Accumulus Accounting in Peterborough, who was runner-up in the category.
Getting through to be shortlisted for the finals for the Apprentice of the Year title is an achievement in itself.
I, and Victor, jointly nominated Rebecca and Michael John for the hotly-contested Oscars of the bookkeeping world.
Both started their Government-backed apprenticeships - 'learning while earning' - last year and are preparing for the end point assessment when we hope they both continue their success in the pending exams.
The ICB Apprenticeship Assistant Accountant Level 3 provides a funded route into a bookkeeping career, professional ICB membership, and higher accountancy qualifications. Age is no longer a barrier to becoming an apprentice and there is no time limit to complete the ICB apprenticeship programme. Apprentices have access to study materials, computer-based assessments, and ICB's online network of students. Smaller businesses looking to employ an apprentice can get up to 90% of training costs paid by the Government for new recruits or existing staff, and further funding is available in some instances.
To find out more about Riverside Training's range of accountancy-related qualifications call our friendly team on 01775 710945.