Truro-based accountants Whyfield has employed apprentices since first opening its doors in 2014, even hiring an apprentice as its first ever employee.
Whyfield is a general accountancy practice with clients predominately in Devon and Cornwall. The company currently has four apprentices at all levels, and is advertising for a fifth. It works closely with training provider Cornwall College which supports its apprentices.
Director Laura Whyte is an advocate of apprenticeships, having completed one herself.
Laura said: “I did my accountancy apprenticeship with a large firm, before starting up Whyfield. I think apprenticeships are a great way to stay earning while learning new skills and getting work experience, and suits everyone.
“Apprentices can help in all areas of a business, learning about the company while supporting other members of staff. They can also support each other with their training. Here at Whyfield, we have an open-plan office, so everyone helps each other.
“I would always recommend that businesses looking to take on apprentices approach a training provider as a good starting point. We have a really close relationship with Cornwall College and we always speak with them in the first instance, when thinking of hiring a new apprentice.
“Our apprentices are of real value to our business. By the time apprentices are fully qualified, they know the business inside and out, and are loyal to the company.”
Liam McCormick is one of the apprentices currently working at Whyfield. He joined the company two years ago and is working towards his Level 4 Accountancy qualification, having already completed Level 3 while working at the firm.
He said: “When I was at college, I felt like I was at a crossroads as I really didn’t want to go to university. I did accountancy for A-Level and I thought that an apprenticeship was the best way for me to get into the industry, which was definitely the case.
“It is so different than just being in the classroom. Everything I learn at college, I can then put into practice day in and day out which really sets everything in stone for me.”