Accounts, audit and training manager, Adam Rhodes of Bennett Verby Accountants has won a Damar Apprentice Award.
Adam was the winner of the ‘Supervisor of the Year’ award in the Damar Apprenticeship Awards 2017.
The awards coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (6th to 10th March) and celebrate the achievements of Damar’s apprentices, employers and apprentice supervisors.
Adam was up against over 800 other supervisors and explained,
“It is fantastic to be acknowledged for this award. Our apprentices are just as valuable as directors, as they are potentially our future directors. One of our current directors came to us from Damar – the ultimate success story for an apprentice! The impact of engaging in apprenticeships has seen a huge increase in staff members within the company, and a more youthful staff base always brings fresh and modern ideas that can be transferred into not only the accounting world, but the office environment as a whole.”
Bennett Verby was also awarded with a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate for the apprenticeship scheme currently in place.
The CEO, Bernard Verby commented,
“We are very proud of apprenticeship scheme and the standard of applicants we have had year on year working with us. Our programme creates the opportunity for young people to start on the pathway to an exciting career in Accountancy. Our Apprentices work towards the internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification and receive MAAT (Member of Association of Accounting Technicians) status and from there we can help them gain their professional ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualification. It’s superb for both Adam and the practice to be recognised in this way.”
Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s Managing Director said of the awards:
“The standard of this year’s nominations was exceptionally high. The increasing profile of apprenticeships and, in particular, the growing levels of interest and commitment from employers is making a real difference to the quality and diversity of apprenticeship programmes. Reading the nominations, I was hugely impressed by the dedication of our students and the positive impact that apprentices, often in their first jobs, are making to business. I would also like to pay tribute to the supervisors and mentors within our partner employers who play such a vital role in the success of apprenticeship programmes and individual apprentices”.