Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has opened its applications for more than 130 apprentices across its UK offices.
The firm is an international network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms. Their apprenticeship programmes are designed for students who have completed their A-level studies (or equivalent).
Applications are now open on the BDO website until 24 March 2024. Successful candidates will start at BDO in September 2024.
Earning while you’re learning
Rachel Jackson, a tax trainee in BDO’s Leeds office, started her apprenticeship with BDO in 2022 after taking part in the Explore BDO programme.
“Of course, for many, university is about more than just the qualification but for me an apprenticeship has meant gaining real experience of the working world as soon as I finished school, whilst also getting the chance to gain a respected professional qualification,” said Rachel.
“Going down this route means I qualify as chartered tax adviser more quickly than if I had gone to university, without accumulating any student debt and giving me the chance to earn while I learn.
“Doing a programme like Explore BDO or an internship before applying for an apprenticeship is really useful. You get to know the firm and its people before deciding whether it is somewhere you think you’d enjoy working. I’d recommend it to anyone considering a career in professional services.”
BDO apprenticeship opens up routes into accountancy
Paul Eagland, managing partner at BDO says, “We are committed to attracting and developing the brightest talent and strive to make the accountancy profession more accessible for everyone, no matter what their background.
“As a growing firm and a large employer of 7,500 people across the UK, our role in progressing the next generation of professionals has never been more important. We know one size does not fit all, so we hope that by offering a number of entry routes, we are creating opportunities for a wider range of people.”
“Having chosen not to go to university myself, I know firsthand the benefits an apprenticeship can bring and the lifelong skills you learn along the way. Programmes like Explore BDO, designed for those from less privileged backgrounds, have a huge role in improving social mobility both in our industry and across the UK, and I am proud to see BDO playing a part in this.”