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BDO’s Midlands offices invest in trainees

BDO’s Midlands offices invest in trainees

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has welcomed 27 new trainees with more than 30 roles available to start later in 2021.

BDO’s team across its Birmingham and Nottingham offices welcomed its 2020 cohort in November compromising both graduates and apprentices.

The new joiners took part in virtual inductions while BDO’s workforce continues to work remotely as a result of COVID-19.

Applications are now open for trainee roles starting in 2021, with the majority of trainees able to undertake a level-7 apprenticeship programme - a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree. Almost two thirds of new trainees in the Midlands will be recruited to BDO’s audit department, demonstrating continued investment in its audit practice.

In addition to this, last summer BDO hosted its first ever ‘virtual internship’ where 26 students in their penultimate year of university were able to spend a week with the firm, gaining valuable insight into what a career at BDO might entail.

Richard Rose, partner and head of BDO LLP in the Midlands, said:

“2020 was a year like no other but, despite the immense challenges facing businesses and individuals alike, we are delighted to have recently welcomed 27 new trainees to our team, and more than 30 in 2021.

“Through a combination of the latest technology and a unified approach by our 350-strong team in the Midlands, we have been able to support our clients and communities during the global pandemic from our homes. This flexibility and focus on our core purpose to help people succeed, will allow our new cohort of trainees to still fully immerse themselves into their first few months with BDO, while the vast majority of our colleagues continue to work remotely.

“Our own /Rethinking the Economy/ analysis shows that investing in talent is hugely important to businesses in the current climate, particularly in young people looking to kick-start their careers. That’s why it’s important to look ahead and invest in the best and brightest people who will become our advisers of the future.”

Nationwide, BDO welcomed almost 400 trainees in November, with a further 450 roles available to start in 2021. In 2019/20, the firm received more than 20,000 applications for its school leaver and graduate programmes.

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