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First City Nursing apprentice wins prestigious New College Accounting Apprentice of the Year title

A bright young budding accountant serving an apprenticeship with First City Nursing has been named New College Swindon’s Accounting Apprentice of the Year.

Christian Tyrrell, who is 20 and lives in Cricklade, became a lifeguard after leaving Farmor’s School but missed continuing with mathematics, one of his favourite academic subjects.

He successfully applied for a place on New College’s accounting apprenticeship programme, joining 50 other new accounting apprentices, and when not at college works at Swindon-based First City Nursing and Care.

First City Nursing and Care’s finance manager, Simon Kew, said the prize was well-deserved.

“Christian has not only excelled at the academic side of the programme, but has demonstrated considerable resilience, and we are very proud of him,” said Simon.

“We work in the healthcare sector, which has been subject to all sorts of non-standard processes, but he has shown he can work in a very challenging environment and adapt to new practices and procedures very quickly, whether that be different funding sources or dealing with Covid-related sick pay.”

Sharon Jones, deputy head of apprenticeships at New College, Swindon, said that Christian has proved an excellent student.

“He achieved impressively high marks across the board, submitted an excellent portfolio of work, and we and First City Nursing and Care are delighted with him. It was a pleasure to present him with this prestigious award,” she said.

Christian said that he feels very at home working in accounting, and is enjoying his apprenticeship very much.

“My parents are both into maths, and I enjoy maths too, so I was looking towards going into accounting but didn’t necessarily want to take out a student loan and go to university,” said Christian.

“Doing vocational training, and getting paid for it as I did so, seemed more attractive than the conventional uni route, and I can get a degree via the apprenticeship route later if I want.

“There’s a lot to learn in this job, including payroll, management accounts and supplier payments, and it can be quite pressured at times, but I enjoy that,” said Christian.

Simon Kew said First City’s experience of taking on apprentices has been a very positive one.

“We also offer a range of apprenticeships in the adult care sector, including Level 2 Adult Care Worker and Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker,” said Simon.

“Apprenticeships are also available in finance, HR, brokerage and other functional departments, so anyone interested in careers in these areas should get in touch with the HR department at First City Nursing and Care on 01793 313044.”

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