Apprenticeships photo of Rosie Harper, Ffion Williams and Charlie-Anne Yardley
Category: Jobs, R&P News
Topic: Accounting

The importance of apprenticeships


In our experience apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for individuals to work whilst studying, ensuring that our trainees gain essential skills and knowledge, whilst building up valuable experience.

Accounting apprenticeships in particular, provide a solid foundation on which to build a successful career, with many of our accounting apprentices finding themselves fully equipped to go on to further professional accountancy studies.

Many of our partners, managers and senior accountants started off as apprentices, with our Managing Partner, Tim Watkins, having joined Randall & Payne as an apprentice himself.

Being part of the C2S work placement pledge demonstrates our commitment to providing effective and constructive work placements. We believe they make a positive impact in our community and enhance students life skills and employability.

We are pleased to work so closely with schools to help students discover a future career path and Rosie Harper is an excellent example of why work experience can have a positive result for the student, as well as for an employer.

Rosie Harper, Trainee Accountant

“Starting out as a trainee at Randall & Payne with no prior experience felt a little daunting at first however, working in the accounts team has allowed me to gain knowledge and an in-depth understanding, which has provided me with a solid foundation and helped me to progress quickly with my studies.

There is a fantastic support network from other trainees through to partners. The training programme is well structured and is flexible to fit around day to day work while allowing you to learn on the job, as well as applying what you learn on study.”


Each year we take on apprentices depending on business need. We currently have five apprentices, across different teams. Our most recent recruit is Charlie-Anne Yardley who started in the Audit & Assurance team in January this year (pictured below).

Charlie-Anne Yardley, Trainee Audit Accountant


We are very much looking forward to our new trainees joining us in August. James Cook, will join us as an AAT Level 3 Apprentice and Ethan Powell will be joining us as a Graduate Trainee Accountant, studying for his ACA. As part of their training programme, both James and Ethan will benefit from rotational placements in all of our specialist teams. We believe that this type of training programme is of great benefit to our trainees, as it allows them to gain valuable practical experience in all aspects of accountancy, which aids their technical studies and helps inform their future career plans.

We are looking to provide a careers forum for students from local secondary schools about a career in accountancy. Speakers would include trainees talking about their experiences, our AAT Apprenticeship training provider, White Horse Training, and the ICAEW about their ACA qualification.

Contact Jo Byrd for more information by emailing or call 01242 776000.