Bishop Fleming is delighted to welcome a record-breaking number of school leavers and graduates into the business, beating last year's record of 60 apprentices.
The intake of 74 new recruits, which includes 43 university graduates, 26 school leavers and five placement students, represents a fourth year of successive growth in apprentice numbers and comes just three years since Bishop Fleming became an accredited apprenticeship Employer Provider.
Having delivered fee growth of 15.5% in 2022 to £38.4m, the firm has seen headcount grow to over 500 people for the first time - continuing the ambitious growth plans to double its size in the next few years.
The apprentices will work across the firm’s eight offices in Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Truro, and Worcester.
Each trainee will receive an extensive induction plan for their first 100-days as they start to undertake their qualifications for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), with whom the firm is a ‘Partner in Learning’.
Anna Averis, Partner and People Director for Bishop Fleming said:
“We have ambitious growth plans and our record-breaking number of trainees yet again this year is testament to our commitment to invest in new talent into our business. As one of the few firms in the UK to have Employer Provider status it is fantastic to see that our Apprenticeship programme is yielding great results."
Bishop Fleming has been ranked once again for its apprenticeship programme in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer rankings for 2023 and is current holder of the Investing in People award at the Accounting Excellence Awards. The firm is a Certified Great Place to Work® and is ranked as a Best Workplace for Women and Best Workplace for Consulting and Professional Services.
Managing Partner Andrew Sandiford added:
"On behalf of the partners, I offer a warm welcome and wish all of our new recruits the best with their future careers with us. I encourage any interested students seeking a similar rewarding career to contact us to find out about joining our 2024 intake and the exciting plans we have for our firm."