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Smith Cooper hails apprenticeship success


Posted on 6 March 2014

Midlands based accountancy and business advisory firm Smith Cooper has placed 5 accountant apprentices throughout their business as interest in the scheme has developed. Overall, Smith Cooper has grown considerably hiring an additional 21 people this year alone.

The firm, as a result of their continued growth, has moved their head office into the incredible 18th century townhouse St Helen’s House in Derby, and employs young people through their apprenticeship scheme offering a full time position and professional training.

Lisa Walton, HR Manager at Smith Cooper commented on the scheme: “Offering young people an opportunity to train in this way gets them into interesting and rewarding work and reflects our approach towards employee development. Those in the apprenticeship scheme are given the opportunity to build their skills and are trained in a practical business environment giving them insight into the workings of an accountancy practice.  Apprentices will receive an AAT qualification at the end. The whole process really embeds the special values and commitment our firm has.”

The current apprentices include Cameron Edwards in the Derby office, Daniel Greenhalgh in the Derby office and Max Hawley in the Ashbourne office.  Each of them is continuing under the apprenticeship programme to work towards gaining the AAT qualification. The firm also plan to recruit more apprentices, taking the total number up to 7 by September 2014. 

Cameron Edwards commented: “When I began working at Smith Cooper through the apprenticeship scheme, I had very litte understanding of the accountancy industry and practices. However, throughout my time here and thanks to the training and support I have been given, I now have both practical experience as well as a thorough grounding of the industry overall. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone considering it!” 

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