BT answers the call as its successful finance apprenticeships scheme wins top BPP award

BT has been crowned the Large Employer of the Year winner in the BPP Apprentice of the Year 2017 Awards.

The communications giant retained the award it first won in 2015 for its BT Finance Apprenticeship Scheme.

The organisation’s ambition and commitment to developing apprentices and highlighting them as key performers within its workforce were strong factors which stood out for the awards’ panel of judges.

BT’s Director of Internal Audit, James Grigor, said: “We are absolutely delighted and feel very proud.

“It’s tremendous that the work of everyone in BT who has helped to make the apprenticeship scheme such a success, has once again been recognised.

“We offer apprentices a true alternative to university. With us, they spend four years working and studying to become fully-qualified CIMA accountants.

“However, ultimately what makes the BT Finance Apprenticeship Scheme stand out is the achievements of the apprentices themselves combined with the high level of support, training and expertise that BT offers.

“The high standard expected from the apprentices is clear from the start of each intake, and we, as a company are continually blown away with the performance of work,  attitude and commitment of the apprentices to both their CIMA studies,  their roles and the volunteering and charity work that they do within the community.”

As part of the scheme, finance apprentices are assigned solid work roles as soon as they join the business. Their jobs include taking on full finance and accounting analysis and processing work, contributing to the experience required for the CIMA qualification.

On successful completion of the programme, apprentices will be fully-qualified accountants and entitled to use the designations ACMA (Chartered Management Accountant) and CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant). They will also immediately advance into roles across BT Finance as Finance Analysts or Finance Managers.

Mr Grigor added: “This award from BPP is further recognition of the great work we’re doing across all apprenticeships and of the determination and success of our finance apprentices.  We feel especially proud to have won the award for best large employer of finance apprentices in the face of such strong competition. BPP, a university that focuses on business and professional qualifications, evaluated 28 apprenticeship programmes that together support more than 2,000 learners.”

For more information about BT’s apprenticeship schemes, visit HERE

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