Hands-On Experience Has A Proven Route for Success

Posted by: Jannike Post Date: 28th February 2014

Lichfield-based Kain Burgin, aged 21, has taken every opportunity which has come his way, to further his development; not just through further education, but also in his own time.

Kain was working towards the completion of his AAT qualification through an Apprenticeship with the Babington Group, when he and a friend took a bold decision: Kain told us “I was working through my Accountancy Apprenticeship, but also wanted to learn about running my own business, so set up an internet-based business, buying and selling nail varnish with a friend. I was able to work the business around my Apprenticeship, and thankfully, it became highly successful”.

Holding down a full-time job, as well as running your own business can be extremely challenging, but Kain was happy to put in the extra hours to make a success of both roles.

The online business was a great opportunity to learn hands-on, how running a business works. But I decided that I wanted to concentrate on my Accountancy qualifications, and sold my share of the business. Later this year I will studying for my ACCA qualification. The experience of being involved in a business though, has made me empathise with the problems faced by the clients I deal with at work, and the Accountancy Apprenticeship which the Babington Group found me has also meant that I can now do my own Tax Returns.

Babington’s View of Kain’s Story

Since their foundation in 1974, Babington has provided high-quality training within Accountancy, Business Administration, Customer Service, Providing Financial Services, Team Leading and Management, for both employers and apprentices alike.

Apprentices allow young people (aged 16-24) to get hands-on work experience and a qualification, all with the added benefit of earning a salary at the same time. Whilst the £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers helps businesses grow, by taking on an apprentice.

Babington Group CEO, Carole Carson, was keen to tell us of Kain’s success:

“Most men would find a full-time job coupled with studying for a qualification challenging enough, but for Kain to set up a successful business at the same time is a marvelous story. Not only did Kain work long hours, he was able to set aside time to study as well as continuing to show his employers the commitment he had always shown. His Apprenticeship has proved a great stepping-stone into not just the world of Accountancy, but, has also given him the confidence to try other ventures, and his story will no doubt show others that it is possible to be successful given the right motivation and help.”

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