Career choice adds up to a bright future for former Runshaw student

TOPs: Bethany Atkinson
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Former Runshaw College student Bethany Atkinson is proving she is a class act.

The trainee accountant has been named as the best up-and-coming accountant at an industry awards ceremony.

Bethany, 21, a former pupil at St Michael’s CE High School in Chorley, is studying on day release at Manchester Metropolitan University and received herprize at The Manchester Society of Chartered Accountants (MSCA) ceremony at the Lowry Hotel for achieving top marks.

She is currently a trainee account with Preston-based A.I Cherry chartered accountants.

Bethany said: “I was really happy about the award and really much appreciated it. I have found the course to be really rewarding. Whilst working at the same time as learning, I can put the topics into practice.”

She added: “I started working at A.I Cherry immediately after college. I saw it advertised online and thought the training they were providing alongside MMU sounded perfect.”

The apprenticeship course at MMU is designed for school leavers to work towards a BA (Hons) in Professional Accounting and ICAEW Chartered Accountancy - the industry benchmark ACA qualification.

Bethany still has two years at the university but by the end of next year, she will have completed her degree before continuing with her chartered accountant qualification.