Our award-winning apprentices: succeeding as a team

Debbie Henderson, People and Office Director, writes: Development is at the very core of what we do at BCMS, and it makes me so grateful to have the job I have. And as 2022 begins, I’m pretty proud, too.

In case you didn’t know, BCMS is supporting a number of our team through professional accounting qualifications as part of their ongoing career development. I’m proud because four wonderful BCMS colleagues are now officially award-winners – recognised for their brilliance at the 2nd Annual First Intuition Apprenticeship Awards.

Development is at the very core of what we do at BCMS – and this award is a great recognition for our brilliant team

The awards ceremony was hosted online, as so many events are these days, by Ryan Hill (Director) and Emma Selway (Centre Manager) of First Intuition, an award-winning nationwide professional education training provider, specialising in Accountancy and Management training programmes including AAT, ACCA and ICAEW.

Ryan said that there were many, many nominations this time around, and listening to the success stories of all the different award winners from across the country, I was really quite blown away. People are simply quite amazing.

We waited until the very last category was announced to hear we’d been successful, too. There it was! BCMS won the Team Award!

Unique challenges

There’s a story here. A while back, I was asked if I would consider putting forward an individual student for an award. I politely declined, explaining that it was impossible to single out just one person.

Our team of four – Stuart Aldred, Kathryn Baldwin, Stefan Cos and Apeksha Tanna – have all displayed an incredible approach and aptitude to their professional development journeys.

We have all had our own unique challenges throughout the last year, as well as contending with the environment that the pandemic has and continues to throw at us as individuals and as a business. But I think these four deserve particular praise. Displaying a balance of work, life and family along with their professional studies, I have seen them dig deep, build resilience and remain committed to adding value to our clients every single day.

So perhaps, it should be with gratitude that I look upon these amazing colleagues. Because you know what? I get to work with them!

A thank you, of course, for those at First Intuition, for helping us to support our apprentices.

‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’ – African Proverb

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