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MichaelPhilips
Age22
TraineeManagementAccountant,
ClintonDevonEstates
Aboutme
IgraduatedfromtheUniversityofPlymouthwitha2:1BAHonours
degree inAccountancyandFinance inSeptember2012andapplied
forapostontheClintonDevonEstateGraduateScheme. Ibecame
theEstates’secondTraineeManagementAccountantfollowing in
thefootstepsofLukeAndrewswhohadgainedhisAssociationof
CharteredCertifiedAccountants(ACCA)professionalexamsafterthree
yearswiththeEstatesand leftto joinaprivateequitycompany–The
ConstantineGroup.
When Isawthepostadvertised Isawthatthiswasauniqueopportunity
toworkfora largefamilybusiness involved inawiderangeofactivities.
Itwasalsooneofmymainprioritiestowork inDevonandtobeclose
tohome. Iworkwiththefinanceteamdoingmanagementaccounting
acrossall theestateentities.Onamonthlybasis, IreporttotheEstates
Directorduringaconsolidatedfinancialmeeting. Ialsoprovide input
intotheyear-endaccountsand I’m involved inthebudgetingprocess.
Overthepastyear, Ihaveundergoneabigtransformationand learntso
manynewskills.Aspartofmytraining, Iattendablockreleasecourse
atthespecialistAccountancyTrainingCentreatBristol–CAPLAN–
where IamworkingtowardsmyCharteredAccountancyQualifications.
This jobhasreinforcedmybeliefthat Ihavemadetherightcareer
choice.
curriculum vitae
ESTATE
ANGLE
GROWING PEOPLE
GROWING PEOPLE
AlisonSmith
Age27
PhDstudentatPlymouthUniversity
Aboutme
IwasapproachedbyClintonDevonEstates insummer2013 inconnectionwithmyPhDstudies intoclimate
changeandmeasuring itseffectsontrees. Inordertoconductmyresearch Ineededaccesstoanancient
woodland,specificallyonethatwasplantedpre-1600. HunshawWoods,nearTorrington inNorthDevon isone
oftheoldestbroadleafwoodlands inBritainand isaregisteredSiteofSpecialScientific Interest(SSSI). Itnow
providesthesiteformystudieswhich involvemeasuring leaves,buds,groundflora,saplingsandcanopycover,
thenmappingmyfindingsagainstchanges intheweather,recordedby localweatherstations.
It isdifficulttosaywhat impactclimatechangewillhaveonourforestsbutweknowthat itwillhavean impact,
andthatdifferentforestswillrespond indifferentways.Atthemoment, themethodsusedtodetectthesubtle
changes inthegrowthandhealthofforestspeciesaretoocostly, tootimeconsumingandtoo labour intensive
tostudyaswidelyas isneeded. Iamhopingtofindmethodsthatcanaccuratelymonitortheeffectsofthe
climateonwoodlands,whicharecheaperandeasiertouse,and ideallywhichcanbecarriedoutbytrained
membersofthecommunity.Thenwecangather informationfromallovertheUKtoworkouthowourforests
arerespondingtotheirchangingsurroundings.Eventually, thiswillmeanthatwecan implementappropriate
andeffectivemanagementtomitigatedetrimentaleffectsandprotectspeciesthatmightbeendangeredby
changingclimates.
Recommendation
HeadofForestryandEnvironmentforClintonDevonEstates,JohnWildingsaid:“Wearepleasedtosupport
Alison inherresearchprojectbyprovidingtheopportunitytounlocksomeofthesecretsofthisancient
woodland,with itscenturies’oldnatural lifecycle.Thetheorythattheseforests inparticularwillbeusedto
identifymethodsthatcanbesuccessfullyusedtomonitortheeffectsofclimatechangeonforestsacrossthe
UKandpotentiallybeyond isparticularlyexciting.”
curriculum vitae
ESTATE
ANGLE
Clearly, finance is a core concern for students and theCBI is urgingministers
to address the 40 per cent drop in part-time undergraduate applicants since
2010-11 – thinking innovatively about how to encourage provision via a re-
examinationof exemptions from theequivalentand lowerqualificationspolicy
andarrangementsdesignedtohelpmitigatetheremovalofdedicatedpart-time
fundstouniversities. Aclearcommunicationsstrategyshouldbeput inplaceto
ensure thatbothstudentsandemployersunderstandfinanceoptions forboth
part-timeeducationstudyandthenewAdvancedLearningLoans.
Moregenerally, there is justnotenoughgood informationaboutall theoptions
andprovisionaroundus. Careersadvice inEnglandhasneverbeenasgoodas
it needs tobe, sowe still needa comprehensivenewapproach toadviceand
guidance,helpingyoungpeopletonavigateallthe informationattheirfingertips
moreeffectively. AvocationalUCASsystem, ifyou like,withsimilarprominence.
Weneedbettercentraldataonall the informationavailable,andanational focal
pointdesignedtopromote localclustersofvocationalhigher-skillsexcellence.
Incentivesandgoalsmustbealigned to thegrowthof themarket,withgreater
co-operation between businesses, universities and colleges. Courses where
employers fully fund tuition fees shouldbeexpanded rather than controlled in
thesamewayastheirpublicly-fundedrelatives. Universitiesandcollegesneedto
stepupto longertermpartnershiparrangements,althoughbothbusinessesand
skillsprovidersshouldalso invest inbetterarticulatingtheirneedstoeachother.
Finally,universitiesshouldbeallowedgreater freedomstodesignshortcourses
for business. Universities currently take only 1.2 per cent of the £49bn that
business spends on workforce training each year, representing significant
potentialformarketexpansion.Thesearesome importantwaystheCBIbelieves
theUKshouldtackleaclearnationalneed–toensuremanymorepeopleachieve
appropriatehigher level qualifications. Webelieve theyarepractical steps that
canbetakenbygovernment,businessandtheHEsectortobreakdownbarriers
toexpanding themarket inmoreflexibleprovision.Wemustmeet thehigher
skillsrequirementsthatourfutureeconomymostcertainlyneeds.
Furtherdetailsare
intheCBIreport
‘Tomorrow’sgrowth
–newroutes
tohigherskills’,
availableat
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