Burgis & Bullock is celebrating after a former apprentice passed his final exams to achieve chartered accountant status.
Cameron Ross joined the firm aged 20 with no accountancy experience and embarked on an apprenticeship through Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber Training.
Six years on, Cameron has passed his final ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) exams with flying colours and has achieved Chartered Certified accountant status.
He is based at the firm’s Leamington Spa office as part of the audit and corporate services team, but spent five years honing his skills at the office in Nuneaton as part of the client services team.
The exams from AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) up to ACCA level have been funded by Burgis & Bullock.
Cameron said: “I’m really happy to have finally completed my exams, it’s been strange circumstances over the last year with the pandemic but it’s great to have something to show for my hard work.
“I left school at 16 and had a few odd-jobs but nothing to do with accountancy. Chamber Training supported me to get the position at Burgis & Bullock and I’ve pushed on from there.
“Burgis & Bullock have been really supportive throughout my time here. The support has been meticulous and they have been willing to make allowances, such as flexible study leave, to give me a strong chance to passing the exams.
“I’ve had a very good grounding in client services and with bread and butter accounting knowledge. Now I’ve moved into audit and it’s a new challenge and experience.
“There hasn’t been pressure on me to get the exams completed. I’ve been able to do it at my own pace. I’m looking forward to the future with the firm and continuing to develop as a chartered accountant.”
Kate King, Partner at Burgis & Bullock, added: “We’re all very pleased for Cameron, he is very dedicated and we know how much work he has put in in order to pass his exams.
“As a firm we place great importance on developing our staff and giving them opportunities to take on responsibility, and Cameron has taken those opportunities with great success and become a key asset to the corporate services team.”
“To see a young member of the team grow from an individual with limited experience to a confident accountant, giving client’s great service like Cameron does is fantastic, and is a great example of the firm’s commitment to giving young people opportunities and supporting their development.”