Cornish accountants RRL
Apprenticeships are a well-established and integral part of Cornish accountants RRL.
The firm, which has had an apprenticeship programme in place for the past 10 years, currently has eight apprentices, all of whom joined from school, college or university.
One is studying to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) through First Intuition and seven others to be AAT Accounts Technicians, five through Truro College and two with Cornwall College. In the case of the ACA student, he joined from school and has completed his AAT before progressing on to ACA. RRL currently employs six former apprentices.
It is a key part of RRL’s ethos to cultivate a working environment in which people can successfully grow and the firm recognises that apprenticeships provide the skilled workers needed for business sustainability.
Practice Director Michelle Pearce is a champion of the apprenticeship route into the workplace. She said: “At RRL, we believe that a business is only as good as its people and that whilst aptitude can be developed, the right attitude cannot.
“Hiring an apprentice is a commitment. It requires an investment of time and a great deal of support, but the value that the apprentices have added to our business has paid this back many times over.
“The apprenticeship scheme has enabled us to train individuals with the support of the college giving them the skills they will need to become a valued and valuable member of our team.
“Our apprenticeship programme is at the core of our growth strategy. By developing the next generation of staff from within the firm, to fulfil our growing business needs, we are future-proofing the organisation.”
Michelle says for a Cornish firm, supporting the development of Cornwall’s young talent is fundamental.
“We have been consistently very impressed with the calibre of recruits from local schools in recent years, and have found our apprentices to be highly motivated to pursue their continued career with the firm,” she said.
“Our apprentices have the chance to specialise in a chosen area, but will still work closely with other departments, meaning that they complete their apprenticeship as well-rounded accountants with a broad range of experience. We are proud to say that the staff we train stay with us for many years following the completion of their apprenticeship.”