Aspiring chartered accountant Kathleen Jackson is encouraging local people to find out more about vocational education.
Kathleen is in the final year of her higher level accounting apprenticeship at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) and has already been offered full-time employment with her employer Whitemountain Quarries Ltd where she works as an accounting apprentice.
“My family were all proud of my career choice,” said Kathleen. “My parents were apprehensive about me not progressing to university and instead going to SERC but were always very encouraging and convinced me to enrol. Now they understand the benefits of vocational education and seen how well I have done they are happy I followed my ambition. I think they are also delighted that I don’t have a massive student loan.”
Kathleen has worked in the industry for about two years as an apprentice, working four days with her employer and one day at college. Once she completes her course, Kathleen plans to progress to complete her professional chartered accounting exams.