Wales’ largest independent accountancy and financial planning firm, Bevan Buckland LLP, is opening up its Training Academy applications for graduates and school leavers early this year as the firm continues to grow.

L – R Hannah Hicks, Vanessa Thomas-Parry and Corey Edwards from Bevan Buckland LLP.

The firm, which has offices throughout South West Wales, launched its Training Academy programme in 2019 and has seen some of the first round of recruits already progress through the firm as they train towards becoming Qualified Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors.

Vanessa Thomas-Parry, Head of People Operations at Bevan Buckland LLP said: “Launching the Training Academy was an important step for us, we wanted to put more emphasis on recruiting and developing young talent to help the firm grow and provide training opportunities to support jobs and skills within the region. The Training Academy initiative has been one of the most rewarding things we have done as a business. It is great seeing enthusiastic young recruits quickly progressing their skills and adding value to the business. Our trainees benefit from structured pathway towards a professional qualification, ongoing support and get stuck in with helping our clients from day one. Our 2019 and 2020 academy recruits are already proving to be a real asset.”

Corey Edwards, who joined the Bevan Buckland LLP Training Academy in 2019, says: “The Training Academy has given me such a good start in my accountancy career, and it has opened my eyes to how varied it can be. It has been a steep learning curve, but I have very much felt supported by my colleagues and mentors along the way. I have learned so much and I feel well-equipped to look after the needs of our clients and to contribute in a meaningful way to our team here at Bevan Buckland LLP. I would encourage anyone with an interest in carving out a career in accountancy to consider applying for this year’s intake. I have surprised myself by how much I have learned and taken on board and how much more confident I have become, and I am grateful to Bevan Buckland LLP for investing in me and my future.”

Vanessa adds: “Clearly, these are difficult times for young people – the employment market has been hit hard by the pandemic. We feel it is important for us to do what we can to help young graduates and school-leavers to take their first step on their career ladder and to take advantage of sound training in a workplace environment that will lay the foundations for a stable career. It also underlines our commitment to creating and supporting highly skilled jobs and careers within the south west Wales region. We have been delighted by the quality of recruits who have come through our doors since we set up the Academy and we are sure 2021’s intake will be similarly committed and impressive.”

To be eligible for the Training Academy applicants must be:

  • A current undergraduate in the final year of study, on track to receive a grade of 2:1 or above
  • A graduate who has graduated within the last two years, achieving a grade of 2:1 or above
  • A postgraduate who also obtained their undergraduate (within the last two years)

School Leaver:

  • Holds or is working towards 3 A-Levels (at grade B or above) or;
  • Holds or is working towards AAT at level 3 or 4 plus 2 A-Levels (at grade B or above)

To apply, go here:

Training Academy 2021

Applications close on 2 April 2021.

Bevan Buckland LLP is the largest independent accountancy firm in Wales providing practical support and strategic accounting, tax and financial planning advice for small to medium-sized businesses. Headquartered in Swansea, the firm has offices in Carmarthen, Pembroke, Haverfordwest and St David’s.

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