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Currently celebrating our 90th anniversary, the UHY Hacker Young Group is an ambitious Top 15 national accountancy network with a strong local presence. Our 102 partners and more than 500 staff are based across 27 offices around the UK, 10 of which offer graduate training.
Our mid-tier size means that every year we select just a small number of talented trainees to help grow our business. Each trainee is given responsibility from day one and has the chance to stretch their talents, and experience a wide diversity of work.
Our trainees deal with a variety of work, from the very small companies, through to what we call the ‘dynamic mid-market’ businesses and AIM and fully listed public entities. As an approved training office for the ICAEW, an ACCA Platinum Approved trainer and an AAT Accredited trainer, we are considered a leading trainer within the profession and as such you will be exempt from certain aspects of the cyclical reporting needed to fulfil your training contract by completing our internal assignment reports.
What do you get from training with an ICAEW training office?
By training with an ICAEW training office you can be assured that you will receive best practice and consistency within your training and that we will comply with the five main principles:
- operate with professionalism and commitment to ACA training
- provide students with a suitable training environment
- offer students appropriate supervision and support
- offer students the opportunity for personal and professional development and
- offer students appropriate training in professional ethics.
As an ACA student you will be exempt from the professional development section.
What do you get from training with an ACCA Platinum Approved trainer?
Platinum approval is the highest and most prestigious level of the training programme that ACCA offer. It covers:
- Trainee development
- Practising Certificate development
- Professional development
As an ACCA student having trained with an ACCA Platinum Approved trainer you will be exempt from completing the performance objectives when you complete the Personal Experience Record (PER).
- Name: Bilal Khurram
- Role: Trainee Auditor, London
- University: University of Essex
- Degree: BA Accounting and Finance & MSc Corporate Governance
Why did you choose a career in accounting?
The clear structured career path, even though it can be slightly different depending on your specialism and industry, was what attracted me to the industry. Many people hold the misconception that you need to be ‘good with numbers’ to succeed within accountancy, however, I believe the main skills required to excel are communication and empathy as this is a very interpersonal industry, plus you have a calculator for the numbers!
What made you choose UHY Hacker Young?
Throughout the recruitment process, there were various attributes I was looking for in a firm. I wanted to be sure that I would gain experience working with businesses of different sizes and industries whilst working for a firm who were not going to recruit a very large number of trainees as I did not want to become ‘just a number’. However, UHY Hacker Young only recruit a select number of graduates to ensure you are given the time, responsibilities and training you need. Another great selling point for me was the interview stage where an informal chat occurred with the current crop of trainees. Not only were they very personable but also honest and genuine people who I sought to work with.
What is the atmosphere like in the office?
The atmosphere in the office is always easy-going and all staff are extremely approachable; I genuinely feel that I can talk to anyone in the office. On assignments, visiting client premises, a slightly more professional demeanour is required, however, bringing an open and enthusiastic mind-set is always recommended to help put the client at ease and encourage interaction. As assignments can be for an extended period of time, you will have the chance to build relationships in and out of the office, which I have found to be a really valued benefit.
What do you like most about your role?
Definitely the amount of time I spend interacting with others. Although, as trainee accountants, we have to make sense of the numbers, we also have to make the numbers speak for themselves and the only way to do this is to gain a greater understanding through increased interaction with our clients. Throughout my career history, this is the only role where I wish there was more time. Not because the workload is too great, but because you can get so engrossed in solving a problem. Once achieved, it is great to take pride in the problems you have managed to solve.
Finally, I like that with most assignments I work on, I am encouraged to use my initiative to improve a client’s situation and also encouraged to provide my opinion on any issues. This is because the managers appreciate your input and always value what you have to say.
What level of responsibility do you receive as a trainee?
As a trainee, the level of responsibility I was given vastly increased as I gained experience. This allowed me to achieve a greater understanding of the role and provided me with the confidence to tackle issues from an early stage. Throughout my time as a trainee, I have been able to work on a variety of assignments, some completely different from anything I have previously encountered, but my manager has been confident enough to let me take on these responsibilities and use my own initiative. I have come to realise that you can only stand out and impress people, including yourself, when you are challenged. As I have become more senior in my role, I encourage junior members of the team to take on greater responsibilities as this will stand them in good stead for future assignments.
Training & Profiles
Training does vary from office to office but there are opportunities in all assignments to apply and develop your knowledge and to learn more by dealing with real business situations.
We’ll support you in every way we can with high-quality training focusing on both technical areas and soft skills, including effective communication, presentation and negotiation skills. We will assign you a personal mentor who will support you where necessary and ensure you are happy.
During your training you will develop via two main mechanisms:
- the professional examinations; and
- practical work experience.
Examinations ensure that you gain a clear understanding of the range of knowledge and technical skills that are needed to become an accountant, but they can’t assess how well all of those additional skills are being acquired.
During the practical work experience, you will develop a range of required additional skills, for example communication and interpersonal skills, team working and management skills.
Throughout your training we are interested in you as an individual – what your interests are, what motivates you and how we can help you to meet your professional objectives.
We look for a mixture of academic ability and commercial acumen; Training to be an accountant is tough, therefore, we look for past high levels of academic success mixed with a positive attitude and a high degree of commercialism
Typically, you will have 280 UCAS points (or equivalent) and a 2.1 degree. At the same time we also have an eye out for the partners of the future and so we want you to prove that you can sell yourself, that you understand business and that you can build strong relationships. If you think that sounds like you then we would love to hear from you.
Following completion of our application form, which can be found on our dedicated website, our recruitment team will acknowledge receipt and contact you with further information. Please note all applications received are manually reviewed and processed.
We offer all of the services you would expect from a firm of our size and a few you might not expect:
- Audit, accounting, payroll and bookkeeping
- Corporation and personal tax
- Corporate finance services such as strategic business advice, advice on selling a business, raising finance, going public – in particular AIM support services, and mergers & acquisitions
- Advice on family matters, including inheritance tax, trusts and other tax planning
- Specialist services such as VAT, litigation support, corporate restructuring and recovery, international tax planning
- Company secretarial services.