Adam’s double triumph

(left to right): Adam Ballantyne, Kaplan Scholar, and Sarah Bell, P&G undergraduate AAT program co-ordinator.
(left to right): Adam Ballantyne, Kaplan Scholar, and Sarah Bell, P&G undergraduate AAT program co-ordinator.

A SEGHILL teenager has two reasons to celebrate – a scholarship and a job.

Adam Ballantyne applied for a Kaplan Scholarship, being shortlisted for a final interview in front of a panel of local employers.

After winning the scholarship – worth £15,000 – Kaplan Financial will fund the 18-year-old’s training for the Association of Accounting Technician’s (AAT) qualification.

On receiving the award with Kaplan, Adam was thrilled to also be offered a place on this year’s apprenticeship programme at Procter & Gamble’s Cobalt site.

Adam, a former Astley Community High School pupil, said: “I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity with Kaplan.

“I’m really keen to work and learn at the same time, so this route with P&G is ideal for me and will give me loads of accountancy experience in a variety of departments.

“To leave school and land a scholarship to support my education and a job with a global company like P&G is a dream come true.”

The Kaplan scholarship programme is providing Adam and 16 other young people from across the country with the opportunity to complete their Apprenticeship and a further accountancy qualification.

Now in its fifth year, the P&G Apprenticeship scheme was originally launched as a recruitment tool for P&G and offers an alternative to a university education for school-leavers.

Sarah Bell, P&G undergraduate AAT program co-ordinator, said: “At P&G we use our apprentice programme to tap into the best talent in the region.

“We’re pleased to be able to give Adam this opportunity in addition to his Kaplan Scholarship and feel confident that he’ll make a fantastic addition to the business.

“We always welcome ideas from our new apprentices as they bring so much energy into the workplace and look at our processes with a fresh eye.”

James Hammill, head of apprenticeships at Kaplan, said: “Kaplan’s Accountancy (AAT) Scholarship Programme is popular and very competitive, so to be awarded a place is a real achievement.

“Adam is an example of the type of high calibre young candidates we have available through our CV service in Newcastle and the north east.”