Bishop Fleming welcome fleet of apprentices, despite unprecedented times
Accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, with offices in Worcester and across the South West has employed a record number of school leavers and graduates as the firm launches a new apprenticeship programme.
35 university graduates and 9 school leavers join the firm this September, undeterred by the ongoing global pandemic. It comes as an encouraging move, as many other firms have delayed their training programmes.
The investment in trainees supports the firm in their continued growth. The 2020 intake sees a 29% increase compared to 2019. The firm has grown overall by 13% in the last three years and has seen continued growth for the past 10 years.
The new intake will work across the firms seven offices and across a variety of sectors including tax, audit, restructuring and corporate business services. They will receive significant support as they kickstart their careers and undertake training programmes to gain their accountancy qualifications.
The firm has adapted to accompany social distancing and remote working, to ensure the safety of its people and clients. Each trainee has received a 100-day induction plan, as well as an office buddy to work with in person, rather than just remotely.
All trainees will pursue qualifications from the Institution of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The firm has proudly gained a new status as ‘Partner in Learning’ with the ICAEW.
School leavers have joined from Exeter College and The King Alfred School, having turned down university offers to join the firms LaunchPad scheme. Three graduates have made significant career changes, two previously being qualified teachers and one previously working for the Brazilian Stock Exchange. A further three join from other accountancy practices to complete their training at Bishop Fleming. Other graduates have completed a diverse range of degrees from Mechanical Engineering, Film & Theatre, as well as Accountancy, Business and Economic degrees.
Anna Averis, People Director for Bishop Fleming said: “I am delighted that as a firm we have recruited a record breaking number of trainees, and even more so that we are able to get them started with the firm this September, despite challenges met by the coronavirus pandemic.
“It demonstrates our continued growth and commitment to our people, in creating the most rewarding working environment. We have adapted our working environment to ensure social distancing rules are in place, as well providing each trainee with the support and equipment needed to work from the office and remotely, enabling them to receive continued training, coaching and development in all circumstances.
‘We welcome them all to Bishop Fleming and look forward to supporting them reach their full potential.”
With a turnover of £25m, Bishop Fleming saw organic growth of 9% per cent over the last 12 months. With 7 offices spanning from the West Midlands to the South West, Bishop Fleming employs over 370 staff in the UK.