It's not often that a company can claim it is going to have an award winner in its midst two weeks before the actual announcement.
But I'm delighted to say that here at Riverside Training we can do just that.
Two of our students are the only shortlisted finalists for the prestigious Apprentice of the Year 2019 title in the Institute of Certified Bookkeeper's (ICB) LUCA Awards - meaning we are guaranteed to see one of our apprentices scoop the title.
I, and Riverside Training's Head of Accountancy Apprenticeships Victor Gidney, jointly nominated Rebecca Coward and Michael John Wright for the category in the hotly-contested Oscars of the bookkeeping world.
Rebecca is accounts assistant at Bowmans Stores in Spalding, while Michael is an account manager at Accumulus Accounting in Peterborough.
Both started their apprenticeships last year and are on the verge of completing their ICB Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship - 'learning while earning' on the Government-backed apprenticeship scheme.
Both Rebecca and Michael have worked with determination and diligence throughout the year and their places in the final are much-deserved.
Throughout their time with Riverside Training the pair have fully embraced the importance of both the examinations and skills that make up the apprenticeship process.
It's just a shame that they both can't win the title as their commitment and attitude to training has been exemplary.
But just getting through to the finals of the Apprentice of the Year category is fantastic for them and us.
Let's not forget that one of our apprentices, Sam Hurst, won the title in 2018 - the first year Riverside Training entered the awards.
We are very much looking forward to the glittering London award ceremony on 25 November when the winners will be announced. One of our hard-working apprentices will walk away with a LUCA Award, a statuette of Luca Pacioli, the Cistercian monk who is credited with inventing the process of double entry bookkeeping that endures today.
The ICB Apprenticeship Assistant Accountant Level 3 provides a funded route into a bookkeeping career, professional ICB membership, and higher accountancy qualifications. Age is no longer a barrier to becoming an apprentice and there is no time limit to complete the ICB apprenticeship programme. Apprentices have access to study materials, computer-based assessments, and ICB's online network of students. Smaller businesses looking to employ an apprentice can get up to 90% of training costs paid by the Government for new recruits or existing staff, and further funding is available in some instances.
To find out more about Riverside Training's accountancy-related qualifications call our friendly team on 01775 710945.