Beginning your career

For those taking their first steps in an Accountancy career

As I progressed through my training I've been given more challenging work, trusted with more responsibility, and had an opportunity to really contribute to the team.

Sean Busby, Audit and Accounts Senior

Every year, a number of apprenticeships and postgraduate placements are available at Shorts, through our program of continual recruitment.

We are an ICAEW and ACCA approved training employer, but our placements do not only apply to those looking for a career in accountancy. We also provide training for careers in payroll, administration, IT, Tax, and Private Client.

Trainees and apprentices are fully supported throughout their training, with access to;

  • Assistance with administration paperwork
  • Guidance with the scheduling of examinations and payment of exam fees
  • Quarterly meetings with one of the support team, the trainee, and skills coaches to maintain and monitor progress
  • Six-monthly progress reviews
  • A central hub where they can raise any queries or concerns

In their own words

Some of our recent trainees share their experiences.

Kelly McCubbin

"I joined Shorts three days after finishing my postgraduate exams and was welcomed into a healthy and supportive environment."

"From day one, I was given specialist training full of knowledge, expertise, and experience, and have always felt like a valued member of the team. Since joining Shorts, I have progressed from Adviser to Manager whilst being surrounded by support and encouragement from my Private Client family and wider colleagues."

Craig Lucas

"I joined the IT department at Shorts just after finishing at university."

"The IT department began building applications to help improve some internal processes and I’ve had opportunities to lead and play a large role in some of these projects, which is not something that I would have the opportunity to do in many companies. This is something that I’ve seen across all departments demonstrating the firm’s willingness to help to build the skills of its team members rather than just sticking with age and experience"

Alex Colley

"Even before I began my Apprenticeship with Shorts, I was really impressed by the onboarding & enrolment process from the HR team; it was very efficient with lots of clear communication from their end. I’m delighted with the professionalism and how welcoming Shorts was, even before my official start date."

"I couldn’t have been more excited to start working with the team. And Michelle Frost even sent me a personalised welcome video before my start date which I wasn’t expecting; what a lovely touch!”

National Apprenticeships week 2022

Our team share their apprenticeship experiences

Completing training within an apprenticeship scheme is increasingly popular.

We asked our apprentices, what it was about training through an apprenticeship that had really appealed to them?

What came through the most, was the ability to learn within a working environment with the opportunity to also acquire new skills.

Thank you to Htet Htet Khaing Win, Sean Busby, and Lucy Pridmore for sharing your thoughts.

Completing training within an apprenticeship scheme is increasingly popular.

We asked our apprentices, what they had found to be the most enjoyable part of their apprenticeship?

All of our trainees found the skills days enjoyable and the opportunity to meet new people and develop their leadership skills in an interactive environment.

We talked to our apprentices, to learn more about what they had found the most challenging aspect of their apprenticeship?

Not surprisingly, the Covid period had proved a challenge for most, but it was really interesting to learn how time management and exam delays were also an issue.

It was interesting to hear how they worked to overcome those difficulties.

We asked our apprentices, to talk a little bit about the support they had received during their apprenticeship.

Not surprisingly, the Covid period had proved a challenge for most, but it was really interesting to learn how their skills coaches and training officers had allowed more time for completing assignments and arranged gap training with additional flexibility around exam dates to ensure that all work was completed with minimum stress.

We asked our apprentices to talk a little bit about their achievements whilst studying for their apprenticeship?

We’re really proud of our apprentices and the hard work they have put into their studies. They deserve to be proud of their achievements.

We asked our apprentices to talk about the skills that they had learned whilst completing their apprenticeships.

Alongside the technical knowledge required for the professional qualifications, our team talked about learning about leadership, teamworking, negotiations, leadership, and communication skills – all valuable and transferrable skills for their future careers.

We want our trainees to feel part of the team as quickly as possible.

During National Apprenticeships week 2022, we asked our apprentices to tell us a little bit about their experiences.

Htet Htet, Sean, and Lucy recently completed their apprenticeship courses. We talked to them to find out whether they would recommend apprenticeships to others as a method of study.

Their enthusiasm shows through, and all three of them definitely would.

Supporting our clients - living our lives

Team focus

For many, completing professional qualifications is only the beginning of their journey, and understanding how to achieve a promotion or climb the career ladder is the natural next step.

So, our Management Development Program is designed specifically for those individuals wanting to understand, plan and navigate their route to promotion.

Through a program of structured courses, mentoring, and training we continue to support our team throughout their development journey.

We look after our clients really well, but we also look after our team, because we know that their welfare and development are equally as important.

For everyone, personal time when we are not working is extremely valuable, and it is for that reason, that our zero overtime policy was created.  Fundamentally, we do not expect any of our team to work more than their basic weekly hours.

Although this practice is quite unique within the accounting industry, we are proud to consistently see average overtime at less than one hour per employee per month.

Hybrid working, core hours, and zero overtime policies mean that our team manage their time better – both in and out of the office.

We don’t work to unrealistic timescales and never accept client work that we are unable to fulfil.

We manage our employee levels to ensure that our team is always around 15% over capacity at any time, meaning that they should never feel overwhelmed or under undue pressure.

Consequently, our team have the appropriate time to focus on their work – time to think, time to analyse, and time to bounce off one another with ideas. Not only does this lead to improved job satisfaction, but also results in higher levels of client service.

Our team regularly takes part in local and national fundraising events and all team members have the opportunity to take part in one volunteering day each year.

There is an opportunity to get involved in

  • Sporting events, tournaments and challenges
  • Cake sales
  • Christmas events
  • Local charity collections

We’ve created an environment where our team feel supported, developed and happy; a blend of interesting and challenging work, with time to contribute their own ideas, concentrate on personal development whilst ensuring a healthy life balance, both in and out of work.

We work together, celebrate our successes together and always share our team news.

To find out more about what’s been happening recently, visit our LinkedIn page.

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Interested in finding out more?

We’re always open to talking to great people. If you feel that Shorts would be a great fit for your next career move, then why not send us your contact details; we’ll give you a call and maybe meet up to chat over coffee? (If you’d prefer to send us your CV, you can add that too)