MHA Henderson Loggie has welcomed the latest recruits to its trainee programme, providing 11 new-starts with the opportunity to achieve professional qualifications while gaining on-the-job experience.
The mid-tier accountancy firm has upheld its commitment to make a significant investment in developing young talent through its graduate recruitment programme, and for the first time this year has extended the number of those joining straight from school to their Edinburgh office. The firm has also increased the number of tax trainees taken on from two in 2019, to three in 2020.
Graduates Claire Don, Ewan Shiels, Euan Woodley and Adam Graham will join school-leavers Colette Swinley, Archie Williams and Wallis Lynch as trainee chartered accountants in the firm’s Audit departments in Dundee and Edinburgh. Dundee University graduate Filip Grzybowski joins the internal audit department. Abertay University graduates Claire Ogilvie, Darren Wyllie and Emma Borrie join as trainee tax accountants.
Managing partner David Smith said: “Our decision to invest in our future, and the future of young graduates and school leavers, reflects our positivity as a firm. Since the pandemic hit the UK, we have also increased our marketing team, recruited into our outsourced payroll team, added to our growing insolvency department headed by Shona Campbell, and made senior appointments to our forensic accounting and tax departments.
“We are cautiously optimistic about the future. No-one knows what’s ahead and our priority since April has been to look after our staff and stay close to our clients to help them overcome the challenges they face. A lesson learned following the financial crisis of 2008 when trainee recruitment slowed, was the adverse impact on cost efficiencies and finding suitably experienced staff in the following years. Our focus is to help our teams reach their potential and to create wealth for our communities. I am very excited with the calibre of this year’s intake, who are attracted by our values and the opportunities we can offer them as a leading independent firm to shape their own destiny.”
The induction will be a virtual experience for the new recruits, who will work from home until it is considered safe to do otherwise. The trainees each have a mentor and will network with their new colleagues online at first. Training will be modular, with a range of speakers to retain engagement.
School leavers can become qualified chartered accountants in five years, compared to graduates who will typically spend four years at university followed by three years as a trainee before gaining their professional qualification. MHA Henderson Loggie is now inviting applications for their 2021 training programmes.
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Top Row – L-R: Adam Graham, Euan Woodley, Archie Williams, Darren Wyllie
Middle Row – L-R: Claire Ogilvie, Claire Don, Emma Borrie, Ewan Shiels
Bottom Row – L-R: Wallis Lynch, Filip Grzybowski, Colette Swinley