Thomas Westcott, a South West-based independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers, has welcomed five new trainee accountants to the firm – taking the number to 30 graduates, school and college leavers now progressing through the trainee programmes and apprenticeships.
The new intake has been recruited from across the UK and includes graduates of the Universities of Exeter, Swansea and East Anglia, as well as one former student of Belhaven University, Mississippi.
The five new graduate recruits will be based in the firm’s offices across Devon and Somerset. Some are studying for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification, while others are graduate trainee Chartered Accountants, studying for the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualification. In addition the firm has a number of their own AAT trainees who qualified this year and who are now progressing further with their studies and studying for ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
All programmes take approximately three years to complete and during that time the trainees will gain experience in a range of different accountancy disciplines, from audit and assurance to tax and corporate finance.
Thomas Westcott Managing Partner Shona Godefroy said: “We take our commitment to our trainees’ development very seriously indeed – after all, they are the future of Thomas Westcott. I strongly believe it is important to offer a range of different routes into accountancy, which is why we run our accounting technicians programme for school leavers, as well as our trainee chartered accountant and trainee chartered certified programmes.
“Being a large regional firm, we can offer our trainees access to expertise in a range of specialisms, working with a diverse mix of sectors. We are delighted that so many of them choose to stay with the firm, and continue their careers with Thomas Westcott. It is all about nurturing potential.”