David-Cameron, managing partner, EQ

A GROUP of seven graduates have started their Chartered Accountancy journey, after securing posts with leading taxation and business advisory practice, EQ Accountants LLP.

As the EQ offices remain closed following government advice, the firm have adapted their usual induction process and training programme to accommodate the current situation. Instead of ‘onboarding’ in an office environment, everything will be done digitally including their initial welcome and team introductions. All training for professional qualifications and related exams scheduled for October and December 2020 will be delivered through ICAS via virtual classrooms.

Although the new trainees will work remotely initially, they are to be based across the offices in Forfar, Dundee, Cupar and Glenrothes when it is safe for the EQ offices to reopen. They will join the existing team of graduates who are progressing through their training, in spite of the current challenges.

The seven new graduates represent a range of disciplines including Accountancy graduates Sian James, Alistair Robertson and Beth Kochaniuk (University of Dundee), Ben Mitchell (Robert Gordon University) and Demi Hughes (Edinburgh Napier).

They will be joined by Actuarial Science graduate Brogan Howe from Heriot-Watt University and Mechanical Engineering graduate Tom Cumming from University of Dundee, who also studied a MSc Industrial Engineering and International Finance.

EQ delivers an intensive, three-year training programme which is unrivalled locally when it comes to the experience, training and funding which graduates benefit from.

The new trainees will receive a diverse training experience, developing skills in accountancy, taxation and audit and will be exposed to a broad range of assignments, with client responsibility from early on.

The programme also offers the opportunity to enhance their personal skills and gain valuable insight into the firm’s business advisory services.

David Cameron, managing partner, commented, “With growing demand and necessity for the services we provide, it’s crucial that we have the right people in place. We are therefore delighted to welcome this group of talented, young people to our growing workforce, regardless of the ongoing circumstances.

“We believe it’s important to invest in our future workforce and although we’ve had to adapt our processes, the trainees will still receive a truly rounded experience, and we will ensure they can thrive within the firm as both individuals and professionals.

“We look forward to working with our new colleagues, shaping them into professional Chartered Accountants who we are proud of, and who are proud of themselves.”