School & College Leavers

University not for you? Looking to earn whilst you learn?

We are able to offer school or college leavers an alternative route into the accountancy profession, without having to go to university to study for a degree. As a firm, we pride ourselves on offering a fantastic training experience and understand that some prefer practical learning.

Applications for our Trainee Accounts Assistant positions are now closed

Energise and Evolve at EQ.

What we provide

We provide the opportunity to start as a Trainee Accounts Assistant and help you develop a range of skills, to allow you to grow both professionally and personally.

EQ are a dynamic firm, and we believe in knowledge sharing and encourage our staff to help and actively support one another whenever possible.

Nothing can beat practical experience – we want you to grow and progress in your career to allow you to reach your ambitions. We also want you to have fun doing it!

What you could be doing

You will have the opportunity to work across a wide range of service areas, such as bookkeeping, accounts preparation, budgets and cashflows, etc.

You might also assist in carrying out audits (independent examinations of a client’s accounts), providing tax advice to clients, as well as dealing with HMRC on their behalf and offering support on how businesses can improve their performance and increase profits.

As you progress, more of your time will be spent delivering value added services rather than pure compliance work as well as building relationships with clients and intermediaries (i.e. bankers, lawyers etc).

What should you expect?

After around a year of work-based learning, we would look at supporting you through formal studies with ACCA.

The length of training varies depending on your initial entry qualifications but you will be supported throughout your journey.

Practical training continues to take place “on the job” and we also supplement your formal studies with training courses delivered internally by our more senior staff who continue to mentor you and provide advice, every step of the way.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in joining us as a trainee, but you want to know more from people who have been through the experience then take a look below.

We’ve asked some of our previous trainees various questions to give you an idea of what life is like training with EQ – you’ll be glad to know that many have chosen to stay with us, and some are now even Partners!

If you have any questions you can contact our HR and Training team via [email protected].

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