Hi Everyone, we’re Nicola, Harriet and Faye from the Manchester office!
We’d like to introduce you to the School Liaison Project and the work we have been doing in the North West to promote Grant Thornton’s opportunities for school leavers.
Alongside the graduate programme, year on year, Grant Thornton are opening more vacancies up to school leavers. This is a programme which is run alongside the graduate training programme and is perfect for individuals who are looking for an alternative to university education.
Training with us as a school leaver is a great opportunity as within four years of sitting your A-Levels you could have achieved both the AAT and ACA qualification meaning that you would be a fully qualified chartered accountant. The ACA is recognised worldwide as one of the leading financial qualifications and prepares you to work in a huge range of financial positions, whether you choose to continue working at an accountancy firm or within industry. Also unlike university, if you choose to join us as a school leaver, at the same time as studying, you will be gaining invaluable on the job experience, earning a competitive salary, receiving full study support, and avoiding the increasing university tuition fees!
In order to get this message across to sixth form and college students, School Liaison teams have been established across the country and are all run by current trainees like us. The North West team was established in March 2012 and we have so far worked with over 60 schools and colleges across Liverpool and Manchester. We attend school careers fairs, run sessions on interview and application skills, and have developed a business game for students to practice business awareness and analysis – the type of skills that will be tested at interview stage! Recently, we also piloted an Insight afternoon at the Liverpool office for sixth form students from a local school to come to the office and see what life is like as a trainee at Grant Thornton.
A recent Insight Day
We all really enjoy being a part the School Liaison team. It is a great way of adding something different to our day to day role within the firm and we always enjoy the opportunity to meet and talk with people who are interested in taking similar career paths.
Look out for us coming to your school soon and in the meantime you can follow Faye on twitter (@GT_Faye) for updates on the North West Schools Liaison team and further insights into working at Grant Thornton. Please get in touch with any further questions – we’d love to hear from you!