Nineteen new recruits have been welcomed to launch their careers at the Milton Keynes and Northampton offices of financial and business advisers Grant Thornton after securing a place on the firm’s industry leading, inclusive training programme.
Graduates Tanya Annachhatre, Calum Cave, George Laythorne, Jasmeet Gawera, Joseph de Vries Robbé, Josh Knight, Michael Shaw and Oliver James, along with school leavers Gubir Ubhi, Benedict Fenton, Daniel Camplisson, Lucy Oaten, Ryan Johnstone, Sarah-Louise White, Perdita Molian and Vuyo Ncube join the Audit team, while graduates Abbi Wright and Jeevan Aujla, alongside school leaver Jacob Tresham, start with the firm’s Tax team.
During their training with Grant Thornton, the new candidates will study for a range of professional chartered accountancy qualifications whilst gaining valuable on the job experience alongside the expert team at the firm’s Milton Keynes and Northampton offices.
In 2013, Grant Thornton opened up its training programme to many more people when it became the first professional firm in the UK to remove academic barriers to entry to instead focus on individuals’ talents, values and potential. The firm also introduced online interviewing and coaching for all candidates pre and post interview to widen the diversity of applicants.
Independent analysis shows Grant Thornton’s inclusive approach to recruitment is reaping rewards with those employees who would not have met the pre-2013 academic criteria performing just as strongly as those who would have.
Fiona Baldwin, practice leader at Grant Thornton’s Milton Keynes and Northampton office, said: “Since we started our social mobility journey five years ago with the ambition to become the UK’s most inclusive employer by 2030, we have focused on providing all young people, regardless of background or academic achievement, with equal opportunities to thrive.
“We know that a more diverse, inclusive workforce is good for business, leading to improved organisational performance and a better outcome for our people and clients. Creating a level playing field for all continues to be a priority for the future of a vibrant, productive economy.
“Of our 19 new trainees this year, nine have joined the firm straight from school. Under previous criteria, these bright, driven and energetic young people may not have been able to apply and we as a firm would have missed out on their valuable talents. I would like to welcome and congratulate all our new recruits who have already displayed their enthusiasm and ambition through the application process and we look forward to supporting them during what we hope will be a long and fulfilling career with the firm.”
School leaver Lucy Oaten, added: “Grant Thornton has a reputation as a brilliant firm to work for and its values really matter. The people really care and offer support and I am looking forward to gaining real life experience instead of learning everything in the classroom.”
Earlier this year Grant Thornton won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its actions to improve social mobility in the workplace and in 2017, the firm topped the first ever UK Social Mobility Employer Index.