Football mad Banbury student decided on course rather than uni

Banbury student meets Luke Clives meets HR manager Tracy Williams of Whitley Stimpson where he will be their first higher scholarship trainee.

Banbury student meets Luke Clives meets HR manager Tracy Williams of Whitley Stimpson where he will be their first higher scholarship trainee.

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Former North Oxfordshire Academy student Luke Clives says he thought long and hard before deciding to join independent accountancy firm Whitley Stimpson as its first higher apprenticeship trainee.

He explained: “I decided I would rather take this professional course than go to university. I think it’s a practical way to gain qualifications and I’ll be happy in the knowledge I’m working for a company that values its employees.”

The football-mad 18-year-old, who has A levels in economics, maths, IT and business, will join the firm’s Banbury office.

HR manager Tracy Williams (pictured with Luke above) aid: “We look forward to welcoming Luke. He’s the first trainee to join us at this level. The Higher Apprenticeships are ideal for young people with A levels at UCAS 300 points level and lead to the Institute’s Certificate in Finance.”

The training course also represents the first six exams for the Institute’s chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA, and offers a qualification in assurance and audit or in tax matters.

> Whitley Stimpson has been named as being one of the top 10 accountants and business adviser in the country. It has recently recruited 27 members of staff and a further five trainees, who will earn while they learn through its in-house training scheme.