Shaping our future business leaders
Thursday 30 November 2017
By Alex Frew, HR Manager, Equiom Scotland
At Equiom, we pride ourselves in developing the young workforce. It is our duty to train and support people at the beginning of their career journey and it is integral to our business model. We want to ensure people get the most out of the experience as well as guide them through the challenges and praise the triumphs along the way. For over 20 years, we’ve taken on school leavers, graduates and mature students, training them on the job and helping them to achieve professional qualifications that give them the skills to excel in their role.
Through our 10-year partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands and other local schools, we have attracted individuals from varying backgrounds and experiences. We recognise and value individuality and work to everyone’s particular strengths and abilities. Our philosophy is to promote from within wherever possible. We get to know our staff and understand their strengths and motivations to create a role that works for them and the company. Our employees are our best asset and we want to ensure that everyone has a stimulating, rewarding environment to work within. As well as financially supporting people and providing additional study leave our dedicated Training Manager supports and mentors our 15 students who are all working towards a professional accounting qualification.
I caught up with these five trainee accountants for an insight into their experiences at Equiom.
As an ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales), Trainee Rachel has worked for the company for four years. Rachel began the Trainee Accountancy Programme as a natural progression following her Mathematics degree and has just completed her final CA exam. She explains that the established training programme was an attractive option for her to pursue as she ‘enjoys the challenge of juggling work with study.' Her favourite thing about working at Equiom is getting to know new people and also working with a great team of knowledgeable people.
As a recent Accountancy graduate, Freya has a passion for the sector and joined the Trainee Accountancy Programme with Equiom straight after university. Freya’s interest in Equiom’s trainee programme stemmed from the opportunity to work within each department before settling on a specialism. Working towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification, Freya enjoys being part of a global group with the freedom to gain experience in many different areas.
Now in his third month at Equiom, Rory joined the Trainee Accountancy Programme straight from school. Rory has initially undertaken an online accounting course to gain a deeper understanding of accountancy which then offers him the freedom to choose the type of qualification he is working towards. He is still deciding whether to pursue the Chartered Institute of Management Accountancy (CIMA) or ACCA, which will depend on how focused he wants to be on Management Accounts or simply have a broader qualification. Rory comments: ‘the best thing about working here is that I can always get help if I have any problems. Equiom strives to create an environment in which everyone feels empowered and driven to succeed.’
Having recently completed his Master’s degree in Physics, Scott relocated to Inverness to join the Trainee Accountancy Programme and commence a career in accounting. Working towards a CIMA qualification, Scott is enjoying his work and studies with Equiom and his recent move to Inverness. As he starts his traineeship within the Purchase Ledger Department, he is eager to learn the basics and progress from there. He enjoys the insight into businesses when working in accountancy that you wouldn’t otherwise experience.
Having completed her first year at Equiom, Leanna hopes to qualify with ACCA in order to build on her Accounting and Finance degree from university. Leanna enjoys the wide variety of clients she comes into contact with on a day-to-day basis at Equiom. She describes her role in maintaining good relationships with clients as ‘challenging but very rewarding’.