Azets, the UK's largest regional accountancy and business advisers to SMEs, has announced plans to recruit 213 graduates and school leavers as trainees, all of whom are due to start this August. In total, Azets will have 975 students studying professional qualifications. This includes 58 in London and 23 additional students across the South East of England.
Investing in the next generation of talent is a key strategy for Azets, as it looks to further expand its offer and continue to deliver a high-quality service locally to businesses across the UK.
Azets is able to offer a varied career path for joiners, with the option to work across different parts of the country and to specialise in different aspects of accounting and business advisory, from general practice and tax to corporate finance, trade, and restructuring.
William Payne, regional CEO for London and South East commented, “The continuation of Azets’ graduate and school leaver national recruitment drive, against the backdrop of the current pandemic, wider economic challenges and the UK adjusting to post-Brexit life, is also a reflection of growing demand for tailored business advice and services, as companies and individuals look to navigate through the increased levels of uncertainty and change.”
He added, “Following this extremely successful year of trainee recruitment, Azets is keen to continue this commitment to developing the talent of the future. Our September 2022 intake will open to applications in September 2021, and will offer opportunities in audit, accountancy, corporate finance, tax and business technology consulting for both graduates and school leavers. These roles will be an excellent opportunity to joining a rapidly expanding firm experiencing fantastic growth.”
The school leaver route at Azets is a six-year programme which includes two apprenticeship programmes leading to the student becoming qualified in their AAT and then moving onto their chartered accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CTA or ICAS).
The graduate route is a three- or four-year programme where students study toward their chartered accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CTA or ICAS).
An apprenticeship with Azets and its training partners provides a bespoke programme that combines qualifications, skills, and behaviours training. Everyone gets a talent coach, and each new student gets a buddy and substantial amount of on-the-job training, giving them the opportunity to pave a career path for life.
David Whitson-Black, group head of talent development for Azets, said, “It has been a tough year for all of us and as we start to move out of our various lockdowns and our economy starts to pick up again, we are more committed than ever in our investment in people and to developing the talent of the younger generation, who will be the business leaders and advisors of tomorrow. More and more young people find themselves struggling to find good jobs since the pandemic and I am excited we are able to kickstart the careers of so many and offer them a bright and interesting future.
“Investing in our people and their careers is a key strategy for Azets, benefiting them as well as positioning the company well for the future, as we continue with our ambitious plans to grow the business and deliver a service of outstanding professional quality, that is both personalised and localised.”