Lancaster apprentice - Azets celebrates its 61 apprentices across the North West on National Apprenticeship Week

February 22, 2021 - 12:00am

 Lancaster apprentice - Azets celebrates its 61 apprentices across the North West on National Apprenticeship Week

Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and business advisors to SMEs, is celebrating its 443 apprentices across the UK as it demonstrates its commitment to ‘Build the Future’ - the main theme of National Apprenticeship Week this year. In total, Azets have over 900 students studying professional qualifications and 443 of them are doing this on the apprenticeship route. 61 of these apprentices are based across Azets offices in the North West (Bolton, Lancaster, Manchester, Preston, Rossendale and Stockport).

Investing in the next generation of talent is a key strategy for Azets, as it looks to further expand its offer and continue to deliver a high-quality service locally to businesses across the UK.

Azets is able to offer a varied career path for joiners, with the option to work across different parts of the country and to specialise in different aspects of accounting and business advisory, from general practice and tax to corporate finance, trade and restructuring.

The continuation of Azets’ graduate and school leaver national recruitment drive, against the backdrop of the current pandemic, wider economic challenges and the UK adjusting to post-Brexit life, is also a reflection of growing demand for tailored business advice and services, as companies and individuals look to navigate through the increased levels of uncertainty and change.

Azets has a range of apprenticeship offerings but there are broadly two options: the school leaver or graduate programmes.

The school leaver route is a 6 year programme which includes two apprenticeship programmes leading to the student becoming qualified in their AAT and then moving onto their chartered accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CTA or ICAS).

The graduate route is a 3 or 4 year programme where students study toward their chartered accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CTA or ICAS).

An apprenticeship with Azets and its training partners provides a bespoke programme that combines qualifications, skills and behaviours training. Everyone gets a talent coach, and each new student gets a buddy and substantial amount of on the job training, giving them the opportunity to pave a career path for life.

David Whitson-Black, Group Head of Talent Development for Azets, said:

“Despite the current economic backdrop, we remain committed to investing in people and to developing the talent of the younger generation, who will be the business leaders and advisors of tomorrow. Young people have been disproportionately hit by the economic impact of the pandemic, so it is extremely pleasing to be able to kickstart the careers of so many and offer them a bright and interesting future.

“Investing in our people and their careers is a key strategy for Azets, benefiting them as well as positioning the company well for the future, as we continue with our ambitious plans to grow the business and deliver a service of outstanding professional quality, that is both personalised and Localised.”

Mohsin Mehmood, an Azets apprentice based  in the Lancaster office,  said:

“Having graduated in Accounting with Financial Services this summer I wanted to get into the industry as soon as possible. When the opportunity to work at Azets came to light, I felt the culture, people and goals of the company stood out the most and reflected on what I wanted from such a workplace. Azets is where I want to be and I look forward to working here for years to come.”

“My apprenticeship enables me to have a deeper understanding of the financial industry and qualify as a chartered accountant with the possibility to grow and progress within the company.”

“I was welcomed with open arms at Lancaster office and the firm has made the induction process seamless despite the pandemic. We’ve been provided with technology and equipment to work from home safely. On top of that the culture of the company stood out as a friendly environment that looks out for their employees. It is a diverse space to be a part of and reflected with me on a personal level.”

Matt Turner, an Azets apprentice based in the Manchester office, said: 

“The apprenticeship has been a great way to improve my working skills such as communication and leadership alongside my studies. I get support and funding toward my learning too. The big difference with Azets is their commitment to developing employees' knowledge and experience rather than external recruitment. I get to work with some fantastic businesses across the North West across a variety of industries. No two days are ever the same!”

“Azets have been really supportive during the pandemic and communication has been excellent. We’ve had virtual training sessions and been provided with tools to be able to work comfortably from home such as desk chairs and IT equipment.”