Leading South West accountancy firm, Albert Goodman, is investing in a top level, rigorous training programme tailored for its six accounting trainees – the first of its kind in the South West.

Working with First Intuition and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Albert Goodman is putting its trainees through the gruelling process of becoming registered Chartered Accountants as soon as they begin their training with the firm. The trainees will complete AAT (Association of Accounting Technician) Level 3, CFAB (Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business) and their ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) certificate, to become fully registered.

Simon Emery, Partner at First Intuition, says, “First Intuition is Albert Goodman’s preferred professional exam provider and we have a great relationship. It was a mutual agreement to develop the bespoke training course and the CFAB qualification provides trainees with a demanding work plan and rigorous assessment criteria, but in return they have a wider knowledge of the sector, which is flexible and transferable.”

The CFAB qualification gives students a solid understanding of tax, assurance and law, which is crucial to the accounting profession. In addition, the ACA certificate – which is achieved after the CFAB qualification – gives students credibility as registered Chartered Accountants.

Alison Kerr, Albert Goodman’s Partner responsible for training, comments, “We are delighted to be working with the ICAEW and First Intuition to offer high quality training locally. Our innovative approach to training provides our apprentices with an excellent start to becoming fully fledged chartered accountants, combined with professional work experience and recognised qualifications. We are incredibly proud to be the first regional company to offer this level of training and we have extremely high hopes for our students.”

Albert Goodman currently has four students completing the CFAB qualification and two students working towards their ACA certificate, which is funded solely by the firm.

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