Published: 26 Aug 2009
An ambitious youngster is fulfilling a lifelong career ambition and it’s all thanks to his employer, Jennings Ford.
David Henderson, 24, from New Herrington, has transferred from the group’s service department at the Riverside Road dealership, just off Wessington Way in Sunderland, to embark on a completely new career in accountancy.
When David left school he was keen to start an accountancy course at college, but unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond his control, the course was cancelled and David was left in a dilemma about his career.
At the age of 17, he was pointed in the direction of an Apprenticeship programme through Key Skills and started working within the service department at Jennings Ford as a cost clerk.
On completion of the two-year Business Administration Apprenticeship, David transferred to the front desk where he took on the new role of service receptionist.
Still keen to gain the relevant qualifications in order to become a qualified accountant, last year, dedicated David successfully completed a book-keeping course at college and in January of this year embarked on an AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) course with the aim to become a fully fledged accountant in the future.
When an opportunity arose to work within the accounts department, David expressed an interest to his manager at the Ford dealership and a transfer from service to the accounts department was on the cards.
“I have always enjoyed working with numbers and working as an accountant has always been my ambition,” said David.
He added; “When I was unable to complete the initial accountancy course, I thought I would never be given the opportunity again.”
“It really is a dream come true for me to have been given this excellent opportunity. I am delighted and looking forward to progressing my career with Jennings Ford.”
In his new role as accounts administrator, David will work within a team of four at the Sunderland dealership and will be responsible for handling cash, credit control, in addition to liaising with external suppliers.
David has already completed the six-month Foundation Course, which will be followed by an Intermediate course and a number of Technician status courses, before he achieves his AAT Qualification.
Commenting on David’s transfer to the accounts department, John Hepple, group accountant, said; “David is an ambitious youngster with determination to succeed.”
He added; “We are very much a company committed to training and developing our staff and David is a prime example of the endless job opportunities which are available to staff.”
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