George Preidt, who studies A-Level Accounts at Priestley College, is one of only 19 students in the country to secure the Kaplan Scholarship.
It is the third time in four years a student from Priestley College has secured the training fund.
“I’d never thought about an apprenticeship until I came to Priestley,” said George, who attended Woolston Community High School.
“I’ve found what I am good at and what I want to do during my time at college so everything has worked out really well.”
George joined Priestley three years ago uncertain of what he wanted to study. He decided to start again after the first year so that he could focus on his chosen career and is currently studying A-Levels in Accounts, Business and Maths.
The Kaplan Scholarship allows him to earn while he learns and he will receive more than £15,000 worth of accountancy training.
It gives him the chance to carry out an accountancy apprenticeship with ASC Renewables followed by further professional qualifications.
Just be applying he improved his chances of securing an apprenticeship as 53% of shortlisted applicants go on to find employment through a free recruitment service.
To secure his scholarship George had to tell the selectors why he wanted it, proving his passion for numbers and solving problems.
“I just love that I can improve a company’s fortunes and help it move forward by looking at its accounts and making suggestions,” he said.
Priestley Tutor Peter Bann said George’s success proved how important it was to keep students informed about all the options that are open to them.
“George wasn’t aware that apprenticeships were an option for him before he started at Priestley,” he said.
“It shows how vital it is to ensure students are aware that university is not the only pathway to success.”