Deloitte in Jersey has welcomed a group of 14 young people into the business and the bright and talented new joiners have embarked on their accountancy training programme.
The young people are a mix of university graduates, A-level and scholar students and all had to complete a rigorous selection procedure. Deloitte in Jersey received almost 100 applications for the 14 places. The successful candidates passed through a pre-screening process, various numerical and critical thinking tests and a number of interviews, including one with a Deloitte Partner or Director.
The new joiners have widely varied educational backgrounds, with degrees in accounting and finance, economics and languages, sport, physiology and biochemistry, which reflect the diverse nature of Deloitte’s sectors, their clients’ interests and the firm’s passion for bringing broad thinking and insights to their clients.
Deloitte caters for all levels by offering positions at graduate level, A-level and scholar – it all depends on what stage the applicant wants to start their career. On the scholar scheme, students will work at the firm for seven months as part of their gap year plans before heading to university next autumn.
The group has quickly settled into the routine of work and study and they have already started their professional education training and taken the first exams of Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW) or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) courses. They have also undertaken extensive in-house training and the next years will see them take on more responsibility throughout the audit.
Deloitte’s learning and development programmes involve both theoretical learning and hands-on practical client work. ‘I know the next few years will help me to develop my core skills and experience a wide number of industries both in the class-room and at my desk,’ says Ciara Lynch, graduate. ‘Juggling the demands on my time will be the biggest challenge but I am really enjoying the client work and getting involved in meetings.’
As well as rapid promotion, Deloitte’s agile working policy gives staff the responsibility for how, when and where they work, plus the firm allows the purchase of additional holiday over and above the standard 25 days. This all helps trainees manage the challenges of a demanding job and tough exams.
‘As a training organisation, Deloitte provides exceptional opportunities for young people and this year’s group of new joiners have proved they are all bright and talented individuals. We are all looking forward to following their progress over the next three years,’ says Greg Branch, Managing Partner of Deloitte Offshore.