Employing young people is a key part of firm’s growth strategy

New trainees Grant Thornton, Milton Keynes. Back left to right: Rosemary Wemyss, Ben Leadbetter, Rebecca Brinkley, Simon Long, Komal Yagnik, Dan Clark, Andy Poole, Alex Walker, Adina Jacobs, Duncan Martin, George Bucur, Soham Gehani, Zhen Ren and Timothy O'Reilly
New trainees Grant Thornton, Milton Keynes. Back left to right: Rosemary Wemyss, Ben Leadbetter, Rebecca Brinkley, Simon Long, Komal Yagnik, Dan Clark, Andy Poole, Alex Walker, Adina Jacobs, Duncan Martin, George Bucur, Soham Gehani, Zhen Ren and Timothy O'Reilly

A company has made investing in recruiting and training young people a key part of its strategy for future success.

The Milton Keynes office of financial and business advisors Grant Thornton has taken on 14 new recruits as part of the firm’s annual Graduate and Accelerate School Leaver programme.

David Newstead, practice leader at Grant Thornton’s Milton Keynes office, said: “Despite current conditions, Grant Thornton continues to invest heavily in its business to further strengthen the services we offer to clients. An important part of this strategy is recruiting and training young talent to build our skills base of tomorrow.

“To this end we are taking nearly 300 trainees across 21 of our national offices to begin what we hope will be a long career with the firm. We are delighted to welcome the new trainees to our Milton Keynes office and we look forward to working alongside and supporting them as they begin their career.”

For their first few years with the firm all the trainees will work towards professional accounting qualifications while receiving training and on the job experience.

The trainees, Rosemary Wemyss, Ben Leadbetter, Rebecca Brinkley, Simon Long, Komal Yagnik, Dan Clark, Andy Poole, Alex Walker, Adina Jacobs, Duncan Martin, George Bucur, Soham Gehani, Zhen Ren and Timothy O’Reilly have joined the three year training programme in the firm’s Audit and Tax departments.

Graduate trainee Alex Walker said: “I was attracted to Grant Thornton because of their reputation for investing in youth and the general welcoming feel of the company as a whole. Grant Thornton is a large enough company to offer me the opportunities for growth, but still retaints the attitude and culture of a smaller business which appreciates all its staff and clients.”

Grant Thornton also runs 12 month placement scheme and an internship programme for students in the penultimate year of university. The internshop scheme offers four to six weeks paid work experience over the summer and a possible fast track to the graduate programme.

Applications can be made for Grant Thornton’s 2014 graduate, school leaver and internship programmes by visiting www.grant-thornton.co.uk