Sonny’s next steps with accounting giant


A Stockton Sixth Form College student is making large steps towards his future after being offered a prestigious apprenticeship with one of the UK’s biggest accounting firms, Ernst and Young.

Eighteen-year-old Sonny Huggett, who is currently in his second year at the college studying Business, Economics, Maths and Further Maths, has accepted a place onto Ernst and Young’s School Leavers Business Apprentice Programme in his chosen field of Assurance.

The five year long programme which starts this September demands that all applicants have to not only have the ability to think critically, learn new skills fast and be able to deal well with clients but be able to maintain stamina and keep a level head when the going gets tough. During his time on the scheme Sonny will study towards gaining his Chartered Accountancy qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales whilst working 9-5 Monday-Friday in the Ernst and Young Leeds office.

Sonny applied online to the scheme in early September 2016 which was followed by a rigorous 5 stage recruitment/selection process which included several online tests for numerical, situational and verbal reasoning skills, telephone interview and full day assessment centre. After successfully making it through each stage, Sonny was invited back to the Ernst and Young offices for a final formal interview along with preparing and performing a 5 minute presentation.

Sonny came to the conclusion that an apprenticeship was for him when he was inspired by a former student who was accepted onto a similar scheme.

He said “If you are able to get the place, the opportunity to be able to become a charted accountant without getting into debt with university fees scheme seemed like a no brainer for me. I chose to apply to the scheme in Leeds as their offices are impressive and it’s an exciting city, there will also be opportunity for international travel once I am qualified which is a bonus”

Business teacher Tony Dixon said the scheme was a: “Fantastic alternative to university which will not only see Sonny gain professional qualifications but earning a wage alongside and straight after College, this is something that we are encouraging many of our students to consider”.