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Aspiring accountant takes his place with Macquarie

London, 01 Nov 2015

Macquarie intern Rabi Rahman has always been fascinated with numbers so he was quick to take up the opportunity of studying for his first accounting qualification with  Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB).

LTSB is a social mobility and employability charity in the United Kingdom, combining sport and business to enable 16-24 year olds to fulfil their potential and become employable. Leadership skills are learnt through coaching with football clubs as well as engaging with senior business leaders to learn more about how to excel in the workplace.

“We offer young people from state schools or disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to transform their lives by training for a great career while they are earning,” says Caroline Adair, Executive Director at LTSB.

Selected from a pool of 100 applicants, along with 19 others in his cohort, Rahman completed paid work placements whilst studying part-time for his Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification.

He also learnt leadership skills through regularly mentoring young children with the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Foundation which links in with the aim of the LTSB program: developing leadership skills through sporting and community activities whilst studying. 

“We had a chance to be a role model and the aim is for us to transfer those skills into the workplace. LTSB see leaders in us and it’s our responsibility to harness that belief and build on it. Without LTSB I wouldn’t be where I am.”

Rabi completed his LTSB program over a year, graduating in early 2015. After a stint working at a financial institution in the heart of London Rabi was offered a project management role at Macquarie in mid 2015 through his networks at LTSB. Currently he is the only paid intern connected with LTSB at Macquarie.

“Macquarie sees things in people that others don’t and I have a drive to come into work. It’s a dynamic and fast paced environment which I didn’t expect. It’s the perfect start to my career.”

Macquarie is the principal corporate funder of LTSB and has worked in partnership with the charity since 2013. Most recently Macquarie has supported an employee to join the LTSB board and has hosted a careers conference for young people in London.

Guest speakers included senior managers from financial and legal companies, including Macquarie’s David Terry-Lloyd who told the young people in the room that an accountancy qualification had enabled him to quickly excel in his career.

Rahman agrees: “In the next five years I want to be continuing my education and enrolled in a chartered accounting course to open up more opportunities, but most importantly I want to be in a job that makes me want to get up every morning.”

LTSB recently recruited 75 apprentices for its 2015-2016 intake.

Image caption: Leadership Through Sport & Business graduate, Rabi Rahman.