Spurs add accountants to the game plan

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) hosted over 120 prospective accountancy students at Make Your Future Count - its accounting apprenticeships and careers conference, Zak Jakubowski spoke to trainees about their accountancy aspirations

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation supports CONEL’s accounting apprenticeships, and also teaches trainees fundamental sports leader skills to be transferred from the pitch to the office.

The half-day event, at CONEL’s Tottenham campus, brought together household names and local employers including CIMA, CIPFA, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, BKL Chartered Accountants, Haringey Council, Adroit Accountax and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

CONEL’s Accounting Academy is run in partnership with social mobility charity Leadership through Sport and Business (LTSB), Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation and AAT.

Together with Premier League football club foundations and education delivery partners, LTSB places students in accounting and digital apprenticeships with leading employers in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Sarah Ebanja, chief executive of Spurs Foundation and a governor of Capital City College Group, said: ‘We support LTSB, and CONEL and its students studying AAT level two, it is an 18-month programme where you also gain a sports leadership qualification which you will do through the Spurs Foundation.

‘The importance of combining sports and financial skills is that being a sport leader, coach, or referee, those types of skills are fantastic skills and competences you need in the workplace.’

A recent qualified AAT student who completed the course in 2019 is Kevser Kilinc, who now works as a financial analyst at Redington.

Kilinc said: ‘I come from a difficult background where I took care of my family because my dad worked hard and had no time off, which meant I became the primary carer for my mum who was very ill.

‘When coming to CONEL, you are coming into a huge amount of support that becomes your second family. They are forever there to contact and they work 24-7 to get you that job.’

Kilinc was named apprentice of the year in 2019, and once she is chartered she wants to ‘climb up the career ladder and one day own her own firm’.

There are currently 276 students studying accountancy or bookkeeping at the college.

Arun Singh is studying a level two AAT accounting apprenticeship, he decided to drop A-levels after year one as it was not for him.

Singh said: ‘I have learnt a lot about myself and how to change myself to become a professional in this industry.

‘I have also learnt a lot of communication skills which I can now use on the phone, with friends and with family.

‘Becoming a chartered accountant has been a dream of mine I have had for a while, when I achieve that I will be very proud of myself.’

Down the line Singh really wants to work at a ‘Big Four Firm’.

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