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HURST opens trainee accountant programme to school leavers

Accounting and business advisory firm HURST is offering school leavers the chance to join its trainee accountant scheme for the first time in its 40-year history.

HURST is opening the programme to applicants with three A-levels or equivalent.

The firm is also offering places to graduates with lower second-class honours degrees for the first time. Until now, there has been a requirement for trainees to have at least an upper second-class honours degree.

Another change sees HURST open its programme to those seeking qualifications from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) rather than solely from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

HURST partner and director of practice development Simon Brownbill said: “We have seen placement and work experience students make a fantastic impression with us over the years, demonstrating that there are quality people out there without university degrees who would be great additions to our team.

“Our rapid growth means we need more applicants, and we also want to improve diversity and reduce barriers to entry. As we look to build our business at an even faster rate while continuing to develop our own talent, the time is right to offer careers to school leavers.

“We welcome applications from a range of backgrounds, and will be using the same recruitment process for school leavers as we have in place for graduates. The standard to get a place at HURST will remain the same. The process is under way, as we are seeking trainees for our 2022/23 intake.”

School leavers joining HURST will receive paid leave for study and examinations, leading to the same qualifications they would get had they graduated from university.

Each newcomer will be assigned a mentor and will have a tailored career plan, which will see them working with partners and managers on a range of assignments with clients, and including possible secondments overseas.

Meanwhile, HURST has also launched a development programme for accountants seeking to progress through the ranks all the way to manager and partner level.

Simon added: “Our retention levels have been phenomenal, and this has been down to a focus on working with the very best clients, a supportive culture, and providing career development. As the firm grows, we want to give more people these opportunities.”


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