Each academic year, Carpenter Box hosts an ongoing stream of recruitment for trainee positions at its offices in Worthing, Gatwick and Brighton, with 21 trainees joining over the previous 12 months. They currently employ a total of 43 trainees at the firm, making up more than 20% of its overall workforce.
University graduates Alex Paddley and Shaha Choudhury, as well as undergraduate Farhan Nibrash, joined the firm’s Worthing office on 6 September with no previous experience in the finance industry.
Trainees are recruited into departments such as tax, audit and assurance and business services, with the potential to rotate depending on demand while they work to gain qualifications.
These qualifications include Chartered Accountant (ACA), Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
They also have access to apprenticeship schemes which, alongside traditional qualifications, provide opportunities to enhance knowledge, skills and behaviour such as problem solving and communication.
James Gawman, training director at Carpenter Box, said: “Over the course of the training programme, recruits are granted study leave and have bi-annual meetings with a senior partner and me to discuss progress and exam planning.
“Those taking part in apprenticeship schemes are also involved in soft skill workshop days and partner with coaches from our chosen training provider, who act as mentors throughout their development.
“We want to feel part of all our trainees’ journey. When results day comes, there’s no better feeling than seeing someone’s hard work and commitment pay off and being a part of that celebration.”