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Success multiplies for Finance trainee David

Date: 17 August 2021

Time: 09:00

SCFT’s work to improve diversity and inclusion across the Trust has been highlighted thanks to one of our Finance trainees. 

In a feature-length article, Public Finance, the journal of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, tackles the issue by telling the story of David Wilder (pictured), who works with our Finance team. 

David has Asperger’s syndrome, which makes people see, hear and feel the world differently to others, and which may present them with challenges such as specific learning difficulties, anxiety or other conditions. 

For David, Asperger’s created difficulties at interviews, making him appear awkward and inexperienced and, as a consequence, complicating his search for a job. 

David’s fortunes changed when a Jobcentre coach referred him to a Prince’s Trust partnership scheme with SCFT aimed at helping young people into work. 

After the charity helped him improve his social skills, and the Trust provided him with experience of mock interviews, David worked in roles across SCFT before applying for a role in Procurement. 

Although David was unsuccessful on that occasion, he was offered another role in the team on the Bank, which he held for nine months before going full-time. 

“I made slip-ups from time to time, but I knew I had the support from my department,” David explains. 

“They would help me if I made a mistake and were able to explain to me where I was going wrong.” 

David later secured a secondment as a finance trainee before being accepted on an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ course, which he is now about to complete. 

Jamie Bewick, SCFT’s Head of Financial Accounts, who was also interviewed by the magazine, says: “Everyone in the department knows about David’s needs; we do not make a big deal of it. 

“With David, the initial hurdle was getting the interview, experience and having the chance. 

“The Finance team are all really pleased with how far David has progressed with his qualifications and his professional development; he is a real asset to the department.” 

Jamie hopes the article will inspire other Finance teams to think differently about recruitment and open up opportunities to other young people. 

To read the full article, Firm footing: Supporting staff with disabilities, please click here.