Accountancy and advisory firm BDO LLP expand their 300-strong workforce across the Midlands by welcoming 17 new trainees today. The trainees will sit across BDO’s Birmingham and Nottingham offices.
The new recruits are part of a wider intake of 300 new trainees across the firm’s 16 regional offices and include apprentices and graduates.
This year the firm experienced a record-high of more than 10,800 applicants, a 20% increase compared with last year and a reflection of BDO’s continued commitment to attracting the most talented and diverse individuals for the next generation of its workforce.
The new trainees will sit within tax, audit, advisory and business services and outsourcing streams. Alongside their relevant professional qualification, trainees will get opportunity to work towards a Level 7 accountancy or taxation professional apprenticeship, equivalent to a master’s degree.
Richard Rose, Lead Partner for the Midlands at BDO commented:
“Welcoming our new intake of trainees is one of the highlights of the year at BDO, it is fantastic to see so many fresh faces and support the next generation of accountants and advisors in the Midlands.
“We place great emphasis on the personalities, skills and drive of our colleagues rather than focusing on their background or education, so I am proud to announce that BDO is offering an increased number of apprenticeships this year compared to last, as well as more graduate roles.
“As the business landscape changes and technology continues to disrupt the way we work, now more than ever we focus on attracting trainees with commercial acumen and the personal skills required to offer the best service to our clients and to ensure we stand out from the competition.”
The firm is also calling on the government to make changes that support and encourage the number of quality apprenticeships. In particular, BDO would like to see reform of the Ofsted assessment system for schools and colleges to track the number and quality of apprenticeship places secured by their students. Tracking progress of students to higher-level apprenticeships should sit alongside the numbers of those who have gone onto university.