A warm welcome to our newest group of talented trainees!

Category: People - Posted On: Aug 20 2019

L-R – Calum MacDonald, Sam Walker, Ashley Breckenridge, Andrew Kelly, Sinead Scobie, Karri Russell and Heather Leighton.

We are delighted to welcome our seven new graduates, who recently gathered at our newly expanded Dundee office. The new recruits will be spread across all our offices, with two trainees based in Dundee, Forfar and Glenrothes and one in Cupar.

Our ongoing investment in trainees supports our continued growth of almost 95% in just five years, with an increase in turnover to £7.5M in 2019, and staff numbers rising from 70 to 130 within the same period. To accommodate our growing staff numbers, we have recently completed the expansion to our Dundee office by incorporating the unit next door.

The seven new graduates represent a range of disciplines, including Accountancy / Finance graduates Sam Walker (University of Dundee), Heather Leighton (University of Glasgow), Karri Russell (University of Abertay) and Ashley Breckenridge (University of Stirling).

Meanwhile, Calum MacDonald, a Mathematical Biology graduate from University of Dundee, Andrew Kelly, a Mathematics (Integrated Masters) graduate from University of St Andrews, and Sinead Scobie, a Psychology graduate from University of St Andrews have also joined our team.

Six of the graduates will pursue the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) qualification, with Karri embarking on her training with Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).

The new recruits join the existing team of 13 graduates who are already on their training journey. With one graduate being admitted to membership with ACCA, and another four now exam qualified with ICAS, we pride ourselves on the continued professional development of all graduates progressing through our training.

Our graduate recruitment drive is about to begin for next year, where we offer an intensive, three-year training programme which is unrivalled locally when it comes to the experience, training and funding which graduates benefit from. As well as being exposed to a broad range of assignments, with client responsibility from early on, graduates receive a diverse training experience, developing skills in accountancy, taxation and audit. The programme also offers the opportunity to enhance personal skills and gain valuable insight into business advisory services.

David Cameron, Managing Partner, commented,

“With growing demand for the services we provide, it’s crucial that we have the right people in place. We are therefore delighted to welcome this group of talented, young people to our growing workforce, while also congratulating our existing graduates on their exam successes and continued development.

“When it comes to graduate recruitment, we look beyond the degree. Instead, we focus on attracting and investing in the right calibre of graduate, ensuring that they can thrive within the firm as both individuals and professionals, enjoying a truly rounded experience. We look forward to working with our new colleagues, shaping them into professional Chartered Accountants who we are proud of, and who are proud of themselves.”

More information on our graduate vacancies for 2020 will be available in early September. If you want to read about what our previous students thought about their experiences, visit www.eqaccountants.co.uk/careers/graduate-recruitment/.