Josh Dowen is a real ambassador for vocational business qualifications. He took a Level 3 Diploma in Business and Accounting at Walsall College and completed the course with a triple distinction star – the highest grade possible. He then secured a place on KPMG’s prestigious school leaver’s programme, beating off competition from thousands of other hopefuls, many of whom came from grammar and public schools.
Josh is now in his second year earning a salary and working his way up to Chartered Accountant status, while studying BSc Accounting at Durham University and BPP university, with all of his accommodation and tuition fees paid for by KPMG. He is already highly skilled at analysing and evaluating information, his presentation skills are of professional quality.
‘I want people to know that choosing a vocational qualification doesn’t mean you can’t go to university. Doing a BTEC was the right thing for me because it suited my way of learning and, contrary to what people might think, it didn’t close down any opportunities. I’m studying for my degree now and working towards chartered status while earning a salary and working for one of the big four accountancy firms.’