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Grant Thornton grows East of England team with next generation of talent

Grant Thornton UK LLP has hired a raft of new starters this September, as the firm looks to invest in the future of its team in the East of England.

19 graduates and school leavers have joined the leading business and financial advisory firm’s Cambridge, Chelmsford, Northampton and Leicester offices across a range of departments, including audit and tax.

The new joiners have been welcomed from various stages of education including school leavers, university graduates and placement students.

Nationally, Grant Thornton has more than doubled the number of trainees joining its school leaver apprenticeship programme, achieving a record 193 new recruits, up from 90 in 2021.

The firm has also welcomed a record number across its broader trainee intake in 2022, with a combined 461 new graduates and school leavers joining across the country.

Grant Thornton, which was named in the top 10 of the Department for Education’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in 2022, aims to reach a 50:50 split in its trainee hire population between university graduates and those joining straight from school.

Tim Taylor, Partner and Practice Leader at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: “It’s been wonderful to welcome so many new joiners to our teams in the East of England. At Grant Thornton, we understand the immeasurable value that investing in the next generation has for the region, its businesses and future. For this reason, we’re committed to developing a culture that engages our graduates and school leavers to ensure that they are given the best chance possible to fulfil their potential.

“In recent years, we’ve increasingly seen how valuable apprenticeships are to provide effective routes for young people to become trusted business and financial advisors. They’re a great way to promote social mobility in our communities while ensuring a pipeline of highly skilled and diverse talent.”

Bella Zeng, a 22-year-old accounting and finance graduate who has started with Grant Thornton as an Audit Associate, said: “Everyone has made me feel a part of the team and I’ve been given opportunities already to join different initiatives, such as becoming a ‘social media champion’ which allows me to network beyond my office.

“As someone who would like to grow and develop within my work, being given opportunities like this means a lot. Working in an environment where I can be true to myself is important to me and I also really appreciate the environment created here – the commitment to diversity and inclusion and the dedication to doing what is right over what is easy is really inspiring.”

Shriya Arya, also an accounting and finance graduate discussed Grant Thornton’s attentiveness during the application process, saying: “As someone new to the team, I was bound to have loads of questions. The friendly and approachable nature of the team has meant that those questions have been answered and then some!

“Since joining, nothing has been too big or too small – they’ve gone out of their way to make the settling in process as smooth as possible. My short-term goals are to pass my chartered accountancy exams and build my professional network but in the longer term I hope to become a director or partner for an accountancy firm one day.”

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