This week’s Throwback Thursday is Sophie Clayton-Spinola. Sophie got in touch to tell us about the apprenticeship she has gained with KPMG and hopes that it may inspire others to look at this progression route.
Sophie says: ‘I was a student at Winstanley from 2016-2018 having previously attended Culcheth High School. I studied Maths, Chemistry and Biology and in my first year I was part of the Oxbridge programme as well as being class rep for Maths and Chemistry. I chose Winstanley because I liked the work ethic and I was also very impressed by the science department. I loved my time there, it was challenging at times but all very much worth it.
After college I had a year out and began to research apprenticeships as a progression route. I was particularly drawn to KPMG, one of ‘the big four’ accountancy firms.
I applied and was successful in gaining a place on the Digital 360˚ apprenticeship. This means that I am now studying for a degree in digital and technological solutions, subsidised by KPMG, whilst also working in the company’s data analytics department on placement. I will then be given the opportunity to rotate around a few different departments before I specialise in one particular field.
Recently, I’ve got involved in the “Back to School” programme which is an initiative that KPMG has launched as part of their school/college outreach work. Through this we spread the message that apprenticeships are a great way of gaining a degree minus the debt whilst also gaining vital experience in a prestigious firm.
After my degree. I’m hoping to do a Masters also be funded by KPMG. ‘