Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO is set to recruit a record number of new trainees in 2020 in in its North West offices.

Applications are now open for more than 30 new roles which will be based across the firm’s Manchester and Liverpool offices and split across its four key programmes: graduate, apprenticeship, summer intern and summer school.

This year, the firm also recruited 30 students undertaking a 12-month industrial placement in Liverpool, with the same number set to be recruited in 2020.

Nine of the new roles are apprenticeships and there are 21 graduate roles on offer. The majority of both apprentice and graduate trainees are able to undertake a level-7 apprenticeship programme – a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree.

This news comes a month after the firm promoted 73 people across its North West team. The promotions spanned the firm’s tax, audit, BDODrive and M&A practices, as well as its support functions. It comes just months after it was announced that a third of BDO’s regional workforce had been promoted in the last three years.

Ed Dwan, partner and head of BDO LLP in the North West said:

“We are really pleased to announce our largest ever intake of trainees for 2020, demonstrating our ongoing commitment of investing in people. We’re proud to attract dynamic and forward-thinking trainees who share our ambitions and will become ‘advisers of the future’.

“The most rewarding part of my role is seeing our people succeed in their own careers and thriving in our dynamic and supportive culture.

“The accountancy profession has long been an advocate of apprenticeships. BDO wants to see the government continue to support this route into work and reform the Ofsted assessment system to increase the number and quality of apprenticeship places on offer – this in turn will help address the UK skills and productivity gap.”

BDO recently announced its annual revenues and profit had increased by a quarter to £578m and £134m respectively. In the last six months 400 trainees and eight new partners have joined the firm.


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