Accountancy and advisory firm BDO is in line to recruit a “record” number of trainees next year.
Applications for 600 new roles will be opening today, with positions based across the firm’s 17 UK office locations.
The trainee roles will be split into four key programmes: graduate, apprenticeship, summer intern and summer school.
The firm is now offering over 150 apprenticeships to applicants, with most apprentice and graduate trainees being presented with the opportunity to take a level-7 apprenticeship programme, the equivalent to a Master’s.
Some 30 students undertook a 12 month industrial placement in Liverpool this year, with the same number to be recruited by BDO in 2020.
Paul Eagland, managing partner at BDO, said: “We are really pleased to announce our largest ever intake of trainees for 2020, demonstrating our ongoing commitment of investing in people.
“We continue to develop our recruitment strategy in order to attract a diverse, dynamic and forward-thinking cohort of trainees, who ultimately share the values and ambitions of BDO and will become ‘advisers of the future’.”
He added: “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.”
In the last six months, 400 trainees and eight new partners have joined the firm.