PKF Francis Clark to create new trainee jobs in Dorset

PKF Francis Clark is to create 80 new jobs for graduates, school leavers and career changers next year.

The roles will be based at the accountancy firm’s offices in Poole, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Salisbury, Taunton, Torquay and Truro.

Applications are now open for 80 apprenticeship vacancies – including 11 in Poole – starting in January and August 2024. Candidates can choose between accountancy and tax pathways, with qualifications tailored to both graduates and non-graduates.

It comes after 63 new apprentices joined PKF Francis Clark this year. In addition, the firm expects to recruit around 110 experienced hires over the next 12 months.

Chief people officer Amy Taylor said: “Alongside our ongoing recruitment of experienced professionals as we continue to grow, we’re stepping up our early careers recruitment for next year to ensure we have the capacity and skills to serve our growing client base in the future. Our latest recruits have settled in well and are already making an impact, and we’re delighted to be able to offer even more career opportunities to school leavers, graduates and career changers across our region next year.

“Applications so far are well ahead of this time last year, reflecting our growing reputation as a great place to work and the efforts our recruitment team are putting into engaging with schools, colleges and universities.”

PKF Francis Clark is ranked among England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship employers, claiming 28th place on this year’s list produced by the Department of Education and High Fliers Research.

Since being certified as a Great Place to Work, this year the firm has also been ranked among the UK’s Best Workplaces for Wellbeing, Best Workplaces for Women and Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services.

PKF Francis Clark offers three main entry routes for accountancy and tax trainees:

  • The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) apprenticeship is aimed at non-graduates and combines learning on the job with attending college one day a week, leading to a level 3 or 4 qualification.
  • Trainees who have a degree can work towards a level 7 qualification from the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA), combining on-the-job learning from experienced colleagues with studying via a leading professional training provider.
  • The firm also has a specialist tax pathway for apprentices to achieve the level 7 Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.

Year 11, 12 and 13 students – and their parents or guardians – will be able to find out more about AAT accountancy apprenticeships at open evenings hosted by PKF Francis Clark next month, including in Poole on Wednesday 22 November.

More information can be found on the PKF Francis Clark careers website.

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