The Awards we have been shortlisted for are:
- Accountancy College of the Year (Chelmsford)
- Best Use of Social Media (The FI Podcast)
- Innovation in Accountancy (Accountancy Academies)
- Lecturer of the Year (Tim Howes)
The PQ Magazine Awards take place on Monday 25 April at Proud Embankment in London.
We are proud to be nominated in so many categories, fingers crossed we bring home an award on the night!
David Malthouse for Accountancy College of the Year said:
“Just over ten years ago, we set out on a mission to help start and develop finance careers across Essex, we were passionate about improving the skills in the region and giving people an outstanding alternative to university. I am incredibly proud of the impact our apprenticeship programme has had on the careers of so many people working across Essex and am looking forward to driving this forward over the next ten years. I am delighted that our centre has been shortlisted for a PQ award. This is amazing and adds to our recent success in achieving an Ofsted outstanding grading.”
Ben Bullman for Best Use of Social Media said:
“It was Dave Malthouse who had the great idea to start recording our live Wednesday night Zoom student forum. With a jingle from our colleague Andy and some background magic from our fabulous marketing team, the audio was released as a podcast. This has evolved into 88 episodes, over 22 thousand downloads, some great guest interviews covering a broad range of study, career and welfare topics. I love hosting episodes with Dave and am delighted the podcast has been recognised with this award nomination. It still makes me smile I can ask Alexa to “play the FI podcast.” To listen to our podcast please click here!
Innovation in Accountancy
First Intuition is committed to creating new ways to attract young adults into the accountancy and finance industry and prides itself on producing free, reliable, and informational resources. First Intuition feels this is more important than ever as many school and college students have missed out on careers information and opportunities due to the pandemic. In response to this, the Accountancy Academy was created to give GCSE and A-Level students the opportunity to find out more about the accountancy and finance industry and the careers available within it. It also gives students interested in pursuing a career in this field the space to learn more, ask questions, and talk to potential employers.
The academy is free and took place virtually in 2020 and 2021 to allow more students than ever from across the country to access the event. In 2021, the programme ran twice; once in April/May and then again in July to again allow even more students to attend. First Intuition shares and promotes the academies with schools, colleges and careers advisors. To date, the programme has been distributed across 70+ schools and has had 1,000+ registrations. No other training provider offers free informational resources such as this to help educate students about a career in accountancy and finance.
Tim Howes for Lecturer of the Year said:
“I was flabbergasted to hear that I had been shortlisted for this award. We do what we do because we love it. In helping people achieve their learning and development goals I have been so lucky to have met so many fantastic and inspiring students. They have also helped me grow as a person and it is remarkably satisfying to now be working alongside clients that were once in my classroom, now helping their students progress in current and future careers. I like to think that I have a certain ‘way’ of keeping learners engaged in the classroom and whilst I still can, I will keep on delivering courses. Whether I take home the award or not, I am a winner every day in the work that I do.”