Applications for school leavers’ accountancy programme open

As Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016 kicks-off, Scotland’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants is calling on school leavers from Ayr and Kilmarnock areas to apply for a placement in accountancy before March 14.

With roles available at Johnston Carmichael’s Glasgow office, the six-year JC Futures training programme is open to new school leavers with a keen interest in a career in accounting.

Iain Abernethy, Career Development Director at Johnston Carmichael, said: “We are seeking ambitious and enthusiastic individuals who are keen to learn more about finance, accountancy and business. This is the perfect opportunity for those who are leaving school, who may not wish to go to university, to secure hands-on experience, a regular wage as well as the prospect of becoming a fully-qualified Chartered Accountant at the end.’’

“The feedback from our current crop of school leavers has been overwhelmingly positive, and I would encourage any students with an interest in accounting and finance to apply.”

After an initial year learning the ropes in book-keeping, students will then be able to take part in the five year training route to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. JC Futures students will have the opportunity to gain experience within accounts, audit or tax departments whilst undertaking their studies.

Glasgow-based student Calum MacDonald explains how influential the programme has been for him. ‘’In my eyes, the JC Futures scheme has given me an in-depth perspective on the business world. The greatest benefit is that it allows you to complete the CA qualification without attending four years at University. Additionally, being paid is obviously a big advantage as it allows me to kick-start my life financially.’’

MacDonald encourages other school leavers to apply. ‘’I would say go for it. In six years’ time at the end of the scheme they will be professionally qualified, but they will also have had six valuable years of work experience.’’

Johnston Carmichael, which currently employs 670 people across 11 locations, has openings on the scheme in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth.

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