Finance Apprentice David Hill, secures permanent job with Plus Dane’s Finance team

27.05.2015

Finance Apprentice, David Hill secures a permanent job with Plus Dane’s Finance team in Merseyside after studying towards a CIMA qualification.

In that time, he proved himself with colleagues and tenants, always keen to improve his skills and soon became a valued member of the team with his keen eye for detail.

David’s manager, Tina Peet, admits that it was a leap of faith to recruit an apprentice to the role as she had to tailor the recruitment process to attract the right person. All the pre-work paid off. Tina said “It was worth the effort as David has excelled within the role, he has always approached every task with a can-do attitude and I am more than happy that the opportunity has resulted in the offer of a job”.  David has a very strong working relationship with a number of teams within Plus Dane, particularly the Income Collection Team, this relationship is vital for the accuracy of the tenants rent accounts, it is also a chance to share knowledge and improve the service we give to our tenants.

It is testament to David’s perseverance that this has resulted in a positive outcome as the qualification proved to be tough at times, distance learning meant he often sought help from his team with certain modules but his motivation to succeed now sees him on the ladder towards a professional qualification. David came to us after completing a First-class honours degree in English Language at Edge Hill. Despite English being classed as an Art he was drawn to the vacancy as he liked the rigid structure that Finance presented. He had been looking for a change in career after working for a friend’s father in the building trade. He saw the vacancy on the GOV.UK website but had never heard of Plus Dane until then.

He says “After University an Apprenticeship seemed like an option and I am more confident now with life skills and work experience, I would recommend an apprenticeship as a genuine alternative to University”.

David recently won the PIER award for Respect at the annual Apprentice awards. Sharon Vaughan Learning and Development Officer said:

“David has been an exceptional apprentice and has exceeded expectations with his willingness to learn and improve on his financial skills. David’s apprenticeship has been completed through distance learning which has required dedication and commitment; He has demonstrated utmost respect when speaking to internal and external customers and adjusts the way in which he deals with customers depending on their knowledge of finance without patronising them.”

Not only are we delighted that we were able to offer David a permanent position, but this also supports one of our seven promises to our neighbourhoods, the increased creation of local jobs.