Award-winning apprenticeship programme turns five

An award-winning apprenticeship scheme launched by expanding Worcestershire accountants Ormerod Rutter is marking its fifth year in operation.

Set up to address a skills shortage across the sector, the programme has given invaluable accountancy and IT career opportunities to 38 ambitious young people from across the county since 2012.

The fast-growing firm, which was named medium apprenticeship employer of the year at the 2015 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, is currently seeking eight new recruits to join its accounts, audit and tax departments between July and September this year.

Marketing manager Robin Williams said: “The company is undergoing an exciting phase as it continues to grow to meet the needs of an ever-increasing client base and this scheme gives young people the chance to learn as they earn in a lively working environment.”

Non-graduates aged between 17 and 25 are welcome to apply for the roles which will be based at the firm’s offices in Droitwich and Bromsgrove. Applicants must have six or more GCSEs at grade B or above including English and maths.

As the apprentices work towards their Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification over a three year period, they attend college in Birmingham. If successful, they can progress to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification, which takes four years to complete. Apprentices also receive ongoing mentoring and regular appraisals.

For more information about the scheme, email HR@ormerodrutter.co.uk or call 01905 777600.

Pictured above are current and former Ormerod Rutter apprentices, from left, Alex Cook, Sam Batkin, Dan Bourke, Charlotte Beck and Matthew Collett.