PM+M Solutions for Business LLP is celebrating its twelfth year of supporting Apprenticeships and is urging other firms to consider recruiting an apprentice.
The chartered accountants and business advisory firm, which is based at Greenbank Technology Park, Blackburn, was established in 1919 and has recruited eight accountancy technician apprentices over the last decade through Blackburn-based training provider, Training 2000.
Human resources and training manager, Linda Whalley, is responsible for the firm’s employee development programmes and believes that apprentices show a focus and eagerness as they have chosen their career path at an early age.
“Our apprentices have been keen to learn and do well, which I am sure are attributes that many employers look for in any new recruits,” said Linda.
“It’s been twelve years since we recruited our first apprentice and each of them has impressed us with their enthusiasm and attitude to work. We have found them all to be extremely loyal and it has been very rewarding to watch them flourish as their skills and confidence have grown and they have developed into qualified professionals.”
Six staff at PM+M are completing a professional accountancy qualification and the latest apprentice to finish their Apprenticeship was 19-year-old Bradley Howarth, from Burnley.
Bradley’s friends and family recommended he tried an Apprenticeship and he is pleased to have acquired increasing skills and responsibility in the workplace. He said: “I didn’t want to go to university and thought that an Apprenticeship would be a good way to get some work experience and a qualification, without getting myself into debt.
“Everyone at Training 2000 was really helpful and the course equipped me with a good understanding of the industry. I’ve got more responsibility now and even have some of my own clients. I’d definitely recommend Apprenticeships to anyone who wants to work in finance.”
Gill Makin, career development adviser, business administration at Training 2000, concluded: “PM+M is a great example of how a company can benefit from work-based training and it has been a pleasure working with them over the years – long may it continue.