Albert Goodman, continues its investment in local talent across the region, with the appointment of 22 new trainees and nine work experience students since April 2016, bringing the firm’s total headcount to 285. The amount of Albert Goodman trainee appointments in 2016 represents a record intake for the firm.
Of the recent recruits, 22 are trainee accountants, the vast majority of whom have come from the local area. With applications from across the region – from Weymouth to Weston-Super-Mare to Exeter, the appointments are part of Albert Goodman’s commitment to invest in the local area. The new recruits are a balanced mixture of students who have recently completed A-levels, university graduates, mature students and some who are changing their career path.
Richard Bugler, Managing Partner , says, “We are privileged to be the trusted advisor to many businesses and individuals in the South West, and we feel our strategy of investing in local talent is the best way of enhancing our services, ensuring our clients are cared for by local, talented people. We are proud to be a South West firm and want to do all we can to develop and retain a skilled workforce in the region. We know that Somerset and Dorset is a great place for young people to live and work and we take the responsibility of providing local people with employment very seriously, giving them the opportunity for career development without the need to move to a city. As we look forward to our 150th anniversary on 30th September 2016, I think the future of Albert Goodman will be in safe hands”
All Albert Goodman trainees are being supported to complete their professional qualifications. 12 of the new trainees will embark on the rigorous ACA (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualifications, with a further eight working towards the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification, one undertaking the ATT (Association of Taxation Technicians) qualification and another is currently at the firm for 12 months on a university placement. The new starters will join the firm’s wider trainee population, which has expanded significantly in recent years, in undertaking professional qualifications.
Alongside the influx of trainees, Albert Goodman has welcomed nine pupils from local schools for two to three-week work experience placements at offices located throughout the South West. This gives the students a real opportunity to gain valuable experience in a professional environment.
“We are privileged to be the trusted advisor to many businesses and individuals in the South West, and we feel our strategy of investing in local talent is the best way of enhancing our services”- Richard Bugler
Simon Irvin, Head of Human Resources says “We were delighted by the volume and quality of local people who applied for work experience placements across our offices this year. As well as giving us a first look at our potential employees of the future, we got to give something back knowing the placements were developing ‘workplace-ready’ skills, contacts and practical experience that cannot be taught in the classroom. It was also a fantastic chance for some of our existing team to develop their mentoring and coaching skills – a win for everyone involved and already we are planning for next Summer!”
Ed Smaldon, a trainee in the Albert Goodman agricultural team says “It is really encouraging that my training is taken very seriously. The team are welcoming, friendly and willing to spend time with me to make sure I am happy and working along the right lines. Moreover, the Partners and Managers take time to integrate with the trainees and we also have a buddy system if we do have any other queries”
We still have some training positions available, please visit our careers page for more information.