Tom joins team line-up at Innes Reid

After tackling Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, footballer Tom Williams has an exciting new goal with Innes Reid. He has joined the firm’s training programme as a Financial Services Trainee/Apprentice – and is relishing the chance to get stuck in to his new role.

Innes Reid has been in business in the Chester area since 1999 and boasts a team of highly-trained and qualified independent financial advisers. We are Chartered Financial Planners – a status only awarded to firms with a ‘commitment to developing and maintaining the knowledge and capability of their people’.

It is into this environment that Tom, 18, has decided to step after two years at Tranmere Rovers as a professional footballer. He joined the club aged 11 and signed professional forms after leaving school at 16 where he had to show commitment, discipline, adaptability and attention to detail.

Managing Director, Mark Reidford said: “I could tell straight away that his time in professional football had provided Tom with a strong set of life skills and a maturity beyond his years. We want him to transfer those skills to the office environment where Innes Reid has offered the chance to follow a structured programme of development with a clear career path”.

Tom says “I joined Innes Reid in August and it has been a great work environment to come in to. Mark gave me a great opportunity and I couldn’t turn it down. The training gives me the chance to look at all aspects of the business and how it works. But obviously the aim is to become a financial adviser with the clear career path which has been marked out.”

And he believes his career move to gain work-based training is an example of sound financial sense. He said: “I thought it would be better to be working full time than going to university and ending up with all that debt. Sometimes you can go to university and do a course which doesn’t actually lead directly to a job three years down the line. When I reach Chartered status in my own right, it will be the equivalent of a university degree, but without the debt.”

Indeed, in three years’ time he hopes to be well established at Innes Reid thanks to the structured training programme he is on, and he is already finding the high-pressured, fast-moving life in the office exciting.

“The biggest lesson I have learned so far is that everything that Innes Reid do is focused on their clients. The office is really busy with some staff at their desks from 7.30 am and others working through to 8.00 pm.

“I am already really busy, and sometimes can’t believe it is already 5.30pm and time to leave. There aren’t enough hours in the day!

“I have been made to feel very welcome by all the staff so far, and hopefully I have been able to add something to the office with some friendly banter I picked up in the dressing room!”

It was during his time at Tranmere that he came up against Rashford and the cream of young talent at other Premier League clubs in the North West in Under 18s and Under 23s football. Centre-half Tom said: “I’ve played against him a few times over the years as he’s always been in the same age group.

“You could tell he was a good player – always quick and direct, as you can see from the impact he has made in the Premier League.”

Tom has now joined Welsh Premier League side Llandudno FC who this year qualified to play in the Europa League, and is currently on loan at Denbigh Town in the Huws Gray Alliance until the end of the year to pick up some experience of senior football.

But he is relishing the chance he has been given to develop his promising career as a financial adviser with a potentially bright future ahead.

He said: “My focus is on the finance industry with Innes Reid. I have been given a great opportunity here with a chance of progressing thanks to the training on offer.”

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