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    We’ve just hired 13 new audit trainees and seven new interns. We’re excited, as these are the next generation of accountants and business advisers that might soon be working with our clients. They arrive mainly from schools, colleges and universities from across the Midlands.

    Audit trainees – from 500 to 13

    Our 13 new trainees are a mixture of school leavers, graduates and university placement students doing a sandwich year during their studies.

    This year, we had 500 applications for the trainee role, which is larger than our entire 450-person team. Of the 500 applicants, 200 went through to video interviews. 50 candidates then attended assessment centres before we offered the final 13 positions here.

    The students will be mentored by last year’s trainee intake, and then will do the same for next year’s students. The group will spend their time working in audit, where after a two-week induction on our culture and how we do things, they’ll begin working on real projects.

    Our interns – this year and last

    The seven interns will rotate around the business, working in audit, tax and a variety of different areas for a set period, gaining different skills and experiences along the way. The interns arrive from a number of universities, including the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University.

    Of last year’s placement students (2017/18), all have been given conditional offers for full-time positions this year. Eight out of nine interns were also offered permanent homes across PKF Cooper Parry. They will be moving into a variety of different team ranging from Cooper Parry Wealth, IT Solutions, Tax and Finance.

    We’re already on the lookout for next year

    Applications for our next intake open in early October and will be listed on our Jump on board page. So, if you’re interested, keep your eyes peeled and don’t miss out!

    A few nice words

    Simon Grey is part of this year’s intake. We offered Simon a position here a few years ago, before he turned down the role in favour of going to university. We obviously had no hard feelings, because last year he re-applied and he’s finally with us. Here’s what he had to say:

    “When it came to applying for school leaver programmes, I had an interview with one of the Big Four and I started to believe in the stereotypes surrounding working in an accounting environment. It was only when had my interview at Cooper Parry that I realised the dull and robotic approach doesn’t always have to be the case.

    “Cooper Parry showed a fresh and changing attitude towards accounting that I hadn’t been aware of. When I was at university, it was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to end up working with Cooper Parry. I reapplied for the graduate scheme straight after my degree and I’m so glad to have been accepted!”

    Orianne Wightman, our Early Careers Talent Co-ordinator at PKF Cooper Parry, said:

    “September is my favourite time of the year. I love seeing the new generation of talent coming in, all hungry and driven ready to get their hands stuck in. It brings a certain youthfulness and energy to the business. People often ask what it is I love about my job – it’s this, the buzz offering people a life changing career. I’m really proud of 2018’s intake and can’t wait to watch their careers flourish with us.”

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