Leading accounting and advisory firm, Bishop Fleming have welcomed a record-breaking number of apprentices this week as it continues with its ambitious growth plans.
The firm has employed its highest number of school leavers and graduates, just a year on from becoming an accredited apprenticeship provider. The intake of 57 new apprentices (45 university graduates and 12 school leavers) is a 25% increase on last year, with the firm now employing over 430 people.
The apprentices will work across the firm’s seven offices in Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Truro and Worcester.
Each trainee will receive an extensive induction plan for 100-days as they start to undertake their qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), with whom the firm are a ‘Partner in Learning’ with.
Anna Averis, People Director for Bishop Fleming said: “I am delighted that we have recruited a record-breaking number of trainees yet again this year, particularly as we continue our growth across the South West and West Midlands. After the disruption of COVID-19, it is brilliant that we have been able to welcome them all in our offices this week and look forward to supporting them reach their full potential while undertaking their qualifications.”
This year’s school leavers have joined from several local schools and colleges, as well as graduates from a variety of universities. Some apprentices have made significant career changes to join the firm, amongst them are a professional golfer, Special Constable and a TV research analyst.
Andrew Sandiford, Managing Partner added: “Despite a challenging 18 months, our business has performed well and is positioned to drive forward with ambitious growth. Our continued investment in our apprentices is proof of that, and I am particularly pleased that our scheme offers a variety of routes into a rewarding career in our business.”
Bishop Fleming is recognised as one of the Top five Best Companies’ Accounting Firms to Work For in 2021 and is current holder of the British Chamber of Commerce’s Business of The Year Award.