Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO is set to recruit a record number of trainees in 2019.
Applications are now open for 450 new roles which will be based across the firm’s 16 UK offices and split across its four key programmes: graduate, apprenticeship, summer intern and summer school. It will bring BDO’s trainee total to more than 1,100 by the end of 2019.
The firm is increasing the number of apprentices it recruits, with a total of 120 apprenticeship opportunities confirmed for next year – an increase of 33% from 2018’s intake.
The majority of trainees will also be given opportunity to undertake a level-7 apprenticeship programme – a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree.
BDO’s commitment to apprenticeships supports its ‘New Economy’ campaign to help UK businesses thrive in a post-Brexit world.
As part of its five-point plan, the firm is calling on the government to increase efforts to tackle the UK skills gap. BDO’s policy suggestions include reform of the Ofsted assessment system to give some weight to the number and quality of apprenticeship places secured by schools.
Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at BDO, said: “Each year we welcome trainees who bring individuality, energy, ambition and fresh thinking to BDO. They are part of our DNA and have a huge impact on the culture and future direction of the firm.
“Since refreshing our recruitment strategy, widening our entry criteria and moving the recruitment process online, we have seen an uplift in both the diversity and volume of applications we’re receiving. I expect we’ll get more than 10,000 applicants this year for the 450 roles available, which is fantastic for our business.”
Last week BDO announced it is in advanced merger discussions with Moore Stephens, bringing its combined workforce to 5000 and making it the UK’s fifth largest accountancy and business advisory firm.