When a key member of staff was due to retire Marshall Havard knew it would take someone special to fill the void.

The accountancy firm turned to Highbury College who matched them with apprentice Kharmen Ford who had everything it takes to learn the ropes while completing a level 3 qualification in accountancy accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

The team at Marshall Havard couldn’t be happier and they are recommending apprentices at the College to other employers.

Chris Havard, director of Marshall Havard, which has offices in Cowplain and Gosport, said: “Kharmen has turned out to be a great asset to the team. She has picked up a great deal and her work is improving all the time.

“I would highly recommend working with Highbury College. They have been very supportive and the AAT qualification fits hand-in-hand with Kharmen’s on-the-job training. It provides more of a structured framework.

“The qualification is also a good stepping stone to Chartered qualifications and that’s something Kharmen wants to go onto.”

Kharman was one of more than 100 students studying an AAT qualification at Highbury College last year when the college achieved its second consecutive 100 per cent success rate.

The 18-year-old, who is continuing her studies this year, said: “I really enjoy being at Highbury College. The staff are supportive and it’s nice to have people outside of the office that I can learn with and ask questions.

“I enjoy my job a lot. It doesn’t ever feel like a struggle and I have never felt like I don’t want to go into work.”

For more information about recruiting an apprentice like Kharmen call 02392 383 131, email employmentservices@highbury.ac.uk or visit highbury.ac.uk/apprenticeships.

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  • Date 18/01/2018