A BRIGHT Tyldesley teenager has been hand-picked for a prestigious financial scholarship worth £15,000.
Lauren Scott, a former St Mary’s Sixth Form student, was selected ahead of hundreds of applicants to win a full bursary to study with Kaplan Financial.
The 17-year-old was shortlisted for a final interview before impressing a panel of local employers. She will now work closely with accountancy firm White and Company Ltd to complete her training and Association of Accounting Technician’s (AAT) qualification.
Lauren, who picked up her award at Kaplan’s Birmingham centre, said: “I couldn’t believe that I have been given this opportunity with Kaplan.
“I’ve known for a while that I needed to earn and train at the same time, so this route is definitely right for me and will give me loads of experience for my future career.
“I was really proud of myself to be awarded a Kaplan Scholarship and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
The Kaplan scholarship programme will provide Lauren and 16 other young people from across the country with the chance to complete their AAT Apprenticeship and a further professional accountancy qualification.
Kaplan works closely with local schools to find new talent and, through Kaplan’s free recruitment service, matches the most appropriate candidates with local businesses who are looking to take on apprentices.
Emma White, one of the two founding partners at White and Company, said: “We know that Lauren has been hand-picked from a group of excellent candidates through a rigorous selection process and all her training is paid for.”
Nadine Hughes, Kaplan Apprenticeship Co-ordinator, said: “Kaplan’s Accountancy (AAT) Scholarship Programme is popular and very competitive, so to be awarded a place is a real achievement.”