Three young people have begun new careers in financial services thanks to an Apprenticeship programme with Blackpool-based business advice specialist, Champion Accountants.
Daniel Kiziltas, 24, from Lytham St Annes, Emma Jane Savage, 18, from Cleveleys and Thomas Brocken, 18, from Preston, join the team as audit and accounts trainees.
Daniel spent three years with Lancashire Constabulary where he progressed to the position of special inspector, followed by a three-year stint as assistant manager of Costa Coffee. More recently, Daniel notched up more than 130 hours of flying time and a 100 per cent pass rate in order to become a qualified commercial pilot, before deciding to pursue a more stable career that was equally as fulfilling.
Emma recently left Blackpool Sixth Form College with A-Levels in economics, business studies and modern history, while Thomas completed A-Levels in accounting, maths and ICT at Cardinal Newman College.
The roles include reviewing financial information, preparing VAT returns and management accountants and liaising with the group’s SME client base. All while working towards a nationally-recognised qualification from the Association of Accounting Technicians.
Starting life as a team of four in 1971, the Champion Group, which has offices in Manchester, Preston, Chester, Southport and Blackpool, now employs more than 110 staff.
Daniel, Emma and Thomas are three of 19 new starters to join the group since the start of the year, which includes Champion Accountants, Champion Contractors and Champion Insurance Brokers.
Daniel said: “With a track record of achieving the best outcome for clients, I saw Champion as a company where I could gain valuable accounting and business skills.
“The training will be a steep learning curve but will be rewarding when I can apply it into practice when servicing clients.”
David Hardy, director at Champion Accountants, added: “We’re pleased to welcome Daniel, Emma and Thomas on board. They’re bright and ambitious individuals, who bring a commitment and willingness to learn, as well as fresh ideas and thinking to the business.”