Training to become a Chartered Accountant is both rewarding and challenging and can open up a whole host of opportunities for you. At Thomas Westcott we are looking to train and develop graduates who could be our future partners and leaders. Many of our senior managers and partners started their career as a trainee with us and have stayed with us throughout their working life. Unlike so many larger firms, we do not take on dozens of graduates only to ship them off at the end of their training to try to find work elsewhere. We select the best candidates who show drive, ambition and individuality and we give them high levels of support and mentoring throughout their training so that they can be the best at what they do and want to stay with us to build their career as a Chartered Accountant.
As a graduate trainee you would normally join us in September and will embark on a three year training program. Your structured training will take place at Reed Business School in the form of residential courses. The relaxed atmosphere at Reed allows you to focus on preparing for and, more importantly, passing exams. Studying residentially at Reed enables you to avoid the demands of day to day chores and a daily commute, but instead use the valuable time saved for additional study, relaxation or socialising with other students on your course. We will fund your training and provide you with paid study leave to attend the courses so you will be earning while you are learning.
Back in the office you will also get support from more experienced staff and partners and will work on client assignments from the start, such as preparing financial statements for limited companies, partnerships and sole traders, auditing financial statements and tax compliance work to mention just a few. You will have the opportunity to visit clients’ premises to carry out some of your work and your work will be a mixture of team work and projects undertaken individually. All our offices are different and are full of different characters, but whichever office you work at you will be sure to find a friendly and supportive team that you will quickly integrate with and you will very soon feel part of the Thomas Westcott family.
So far, we have told you what we can offer you, in return we expect you to be hard working, ambitious and dedicated to this career path. You will need to have an analytical and methodical approach to your work and be able to apply both common sense and technical skills to different assignments.
You will have already achieved, or expect to achieve a minimum 2.1 degree in a relevant discipline and this will be supported by 3 A levels (1A, 2B’s or above) or equivalent.
Or, for a non graduate entry route, you must have or expect to achieve 3 A levels at grade A (or above) or equivalent.
If this is you then we would love to hear from you. To apply for a Trainee Chartered Accountant position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV along with a covering letter providing information about yourself. The information we ask you to provide on your application should include your aspirations, qualifications, experience, details of which offices / roles you would be interested in working in and confirmation that you have the right to work in the UK. Please also provide an email address and a contact telephone number should we need to contact you about your application or to progress you further through our recruitment process.
Due to the volume of applications we regrettably are not able to reply to every application, so if you do not hear back from us within 4 weeks of applying it will be unlikely that you will have been shortlisted this time.
Being a trainee at Thomas Westcott means that I receive the first class training of a top 50 firm, while benefitting from being given more responsibility and a greater breadth of experience than many accountancy firms offer. As part of the audit team, I have had the opportunity to travel and meet a range of clients across Devon and further afield. Whether I’m working in audit, accounts preparation or tax, I am made to feel like a valued member of the team.Cate Davey, Trainee Chartered Accountant
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