St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Brislington are celebrating seven of their pupils who have recently secured apprenticeships and training scheme places at top, global accountancy firms.

With over 87,000 people working in the financial services industry in the South West alone, and its continuing expansion as the regional economy grows, the young adults have promising and exciting futures ahead of them after graduating from the large post-16 centre this July.


  • 18 year old Nathan Berryman has secured a Higher Apprenticeship with BDO – one of the UK’s largest accountancy firms which has more than 1,200 offices worldwide across 140 countries. Nathan will be combining work experience with study on his road towards becoming a qualified Accountant.
  • Lakshmi Sood and Andrew Fowler both look forward to starting their Finance Apprenticeships with the Ministry of Defence.
  • Elliot Lyne is going on to a 360̊ apprenticeship programme with KPMG; a company which offers advisory services to some of the world’s biggest businesses.
  • Holly Jones started studying Accounting during her second year at the College, but after a few months into her AS course she knew it was the career path for her. When she leaves St Brendan’s in July, she will begin a Finance Apprenticeship with Bristol City Council.
  • Bilal Raja looks forward to starting a higher apprenticeship with Deloitte as part of their ‘Bright Start Scheme’; a world-wide brand which provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, tax and related services to clients.
  • Will Maule will also be developing his Accounting skills with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in their prestigious Flying Start Programme.

In addition to the impressive Apprenticeships, a further eight students at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College have secured places on Accounting-based degrees at a range of Universities; including The University of Bristol, The University of Manchester and Cardiff University.

Claire Preston, Teacher of A-level Accounting at the Sixth Form College said on the impressive achievements of her students, “I am hugely proud of my students and their incredible passion for their subject; getting onto such highly competitive programmes is no mean feat. It has been a pleasure to see them develop over the two years, and I am excited to see where their determination will take them in the Accounting world. The financial sector has so many possibilities for young adults and it’s great to see that so many St Brendan’s students are embarking upon such promising career paths after leaving us.”

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