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A young woman from Falmouth has been named apprentice of the year at an award ceremony organised by Truro and Penwith College.

Kate Cooke, 20, who works for Lang Bennetts chartered accountants, was named Accountancy Apprentice of the Year and Overall Winner at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

The event was held at Truro and Penwith College on Friday, October 9.

Kate said: “It was brilliant to be recognised in the accountancy category, but to win the overall award was such a surprise as there were so many great award winners on the night.

“The decision to become an apprentice has been the right one for me. It has allowed me to get practical experience right from the start.

“The whole process has boosted my confidence, which means I can deal with clients and feel empowered to flag issues.”

Kate joined Lang Bennetts, which has offices in Truro and Falmouth, in 2013 and has gone on the achieve AAT level 4.

Over the last two years Kate has also clocked up 2588 chargeable hours across 144 clients, become part of the firm’s audit team and is about to start training to become a chartered accountant.

Helen Hood, Lang Bennetts’ manager and apprentice co-ordinator, said: “We are so proud of Kate for winning the accountancy category and overall apprentice of the year award, she really deserves her success.

“She has shown a lot of guts, as well as commitment to her own progression.

“As well as passing all her exams first time, Kate took an additional module in business tax, which was over and above what was required for her to pass her course, but what she felt she needed in order to progress her career at Lang Bennetts.

“We have seen a shy person who knew little about the business community, grow and mature over the last two years, into someone who is confident, diligent and commercially aware.

“Investing in top quality staff is important to us and since Kate has been part of the team we have seen turnover growth of more than 10% per year, each year.

“Lang Bennetts has been a successful firm of accountants since the 1960’s Kate has been part of our recent success, and is helping to put Lang Bennetts in a position to succeed for years to come.”

For more information please contact Helen Hood at Lang Bennetts on 01872 272047.