Now Careers provides scholarship for accountancy hopeful
Emma Linton, an Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) student, was among the final three hopefuls in the competition - which was funded by specialist recruitment firm Now Careers - and has now started her course at the University of South Wales, Newport City Campus.
Linton, aged 37 from Pontypridd, was awarded the scholarship at a judging event held at the Celtic Manor Resort, after a unanimous decision by five judges including Now Careers’ managing director Gary Redman and head of ACCA Cymru Wales Ben Cottam. The ACCA qualification can cost students, or often the individual’s employer, up to £8,000.
Working mum Linton decided to pursue a career in accounting after working for 12 years as a facilities manager and realising she most enjoyed the financial analysis aspects of the role. She put in place a six-year goal to achieve AAT levels 2-4 within three years, part time alongside a low-level role to gain work experience.
Linton said, “I am so lucky that the year I needed funding, this excellent opportunity came along. I have been researching available funding to progress to the ACCA qualification, whilst studying on the AAT course. Unless your employer funds it there is virtually no other funding available, so when I saw the flyer advertising the Now Careers Scholarship - which was not only for one years’ funding, but the cost of my course in university for the three years – I was thrilled.
She added, “I have faced some personal challenges over the last year or so whilst studying I was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery and treatment but I wasn’t prepared to let this stand in the way of my goal. To get this scholarship now is the icing on the cake and real reward for all the hard work."
The judges were looking for an individual with the commitment and passion to become a fully qualified ACCA accountant. Ben Cottam, head of ACCA Cymru Wales, commented, “The calibre of entrants was high but Emma’s submission stood out – her drive and determination was entirely evident and her vision for the future is clear. She has an acute understanding of the changing landscape in the sector and is a well-deserved winner.”
Gary Redman, managing director at Now Careers, said, “Having worked within accountancy and finance in Wales since 2000, Now Careers was keen to show support for these sectors in the region, where there is a real renewed confidence in the local economy. In gaining this ACCA qualification, Emma will be able to follow a successful career path – and we wish her luck.”
Linton added, “Without this funding it simply would not have been possible for me to attend this course at university. I can’t thank Now Careers enough for awarding me the scholarship, which will have a huge impact on my career and future development. I plan to become a qualified accountant and achieve success within the financial field - making a positive contribution that will make a difference.”