Sheffield schoolboy celebrates accountancy scholarship success

Michael Ufomadu from Lowedges  has been chosen from hundreds of applicants across the UK as a winner of one of six Kaplan Accountancy Scholarships.

Michael Ufomadu from Lowedges has been chosen from hundreds of applicants across the UK as a winner of one of six Kaplan Accountancy Scholarships.

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A Sheffield teenager has been chosen from hundreds of applicants for a £15,000 accountancy apprenticeship.

Michael Ufomadu, from Lowedges, was selected for the cash by Kaplan, which awards six scholarships every year to give school students the opportunity to kick-start their career in accounting with an apprenticeship followed by the chance to gain professional qualifications.

At just 16 Michael is the youngest winner of the scholarship and had to pass a rigorous selection process including a Dragon’s Den-style interview panel.

Michael also had to carry out a presentation on his interests.

He said: “I chose to do an apprenticeship as I wanted to gain work experience first hand, rather than waiting until after I had been to college or university.

“I’ll be starting my apprenticeship with Kaplan straight from finishing school - I’ve chosen to do it this way to become a chartered accountant earlier than my peers who are planning to go to college and university.”

Kaplan’s scholarship applications for 2016 will open in December and are available to young people in years 11 and 13.

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