Gloucestershire's Apprenticeship Champions 2019


Randall & Payne Cheltenham ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES

The leading firm of accountants and business advisors currently has five advanced level apprentices, four in accounting and one in administration. The Shurdington-headquartered firm will be recruiting in 2019 for an accounting apprentice and it also has an advanced level accounting apprentice starting in January.A number of its current staff will also be undertaking higher level apprenticeships in management and leadership in early 2019.

“Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for individuals to work whilst studying.They ensure that our trainees gain essential skills and knowledge, whilst building up valuable experience.Accounting apprenticeships in particular, provide a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in accountancy and business advisory, with many of our accounting apprentices finding themselves fully equipped to go on to further professional accountancy studies.” TimWatkins, managing partner, and Ollie Newbold, partner and head of corporate finance, both started as apprentices. Others have gone onto become senior auditors and trainee accountants. One of its former trainees

recently achieved Rising Star of the Year Award at the British Accountancy Awards 2018. Gina Gardner was called up on stage in front of 800 guests from the UK's leading firms to receive the honour at what is known as the 'the Oscars of the accountancy industry' - hosted by Mock theWeek comedian JoshWiddicombe. Ms Gardner, who started as an 18-year-old apprentice and is now a trainee corporate tax accountant, was the only trainee among the finalists for her category. She became MAAT-qualified in 16 months post-apprenticeship (usually this takes around three years), also gaining an AAT Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills. She is currently the first staff member in the firm to attempt the new joint ACA/CTA programme l

Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester Quite how long what you might cheekily refer to as the oldest business in the county has been offering apprenticeships is unclear. The cathedral’s own time line takes it back into the 7th century. Today it takes on three choral scholarships, or apprenticeships annually, plus one organist scholarship, and two trainee stonemasons. The former last for one year and the latter, at foundation degree level, take three years. “The scholarships are usually gap-year students who want to go on to become professional singers and then move on, often to study music at the likes of Cambridge University. The stonemasons apprenticeships are done in association with the Cathedral

GE Aviation Cheltenham AEROSPACE, DEFENCE/ENGINEERING A quick online search for ‘GE Aviation’ and ‘apprenticeships’ will take you right to current vacancies at what is possibly the county's biggest aerospace and defence firm. Old-timers in the county may refer to it as Smiths, but the Bishops Cleeve site is now owned and run by world-leading American giant GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric. It has an estimated 40,000 staff world- wide and turned over $122.1 billion in 2017. Opportunities and possibilities at the business, which also makes aerospace engines, are manifold l

Workshop Fellowship in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. Education and training has always been part of Gloucester Cathedral’s Benedictine tradition and it is really important to our daily life.We are helping secure our heritage by training the next generation” l

Want to be part of the 50 Apprenticeship Champions 2019/2020? Please send us the name of your company, how many apprentices you have on your books and how many you may or may not be taking on in the coming year. The numbers don’t have to be high. As they say, it’s not what you do – it’s the way that you do it. Email

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