Record accountancy cohort


For a second year running, a record number of accountancy and tax apprentices are embarking on their careers with PKF Francis Clark.

The latest cohort of 58 new starters – including 12 from Truro – came together for a welcome day at Sandy Park in Exeter, where they enjoyed a chance to network over lunch as well as learning more about the firm’s values, specialisms and history, as well as a session on how to be your best self at work.

It brings the number of trainees to join the south west’s largest independent accountancy firm in 2022 to 67, based across eight offices from Bristol to Truro.

The new intake is 59% female, ranging in age from 18 to 40, and includes a number of career-changers, as well as school leavers and graduates from universities including Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth, Cardiff, Southampton and the University of the West of England.

They will be the first to experience PKF Francis Clark’s new trainee rotation programme, spending one or two six-month secondments in specialist teams – such as business recovery, corporate finance and financial planning – during their three-year apprenticeships to broaden their knowledge and gain an insight into potential career paths.

Managing partner, Andrew Richards, said: “The arrival of new trainees who are eager to learn is always an exciting time for us, and it was great to welcome our latest recruits as they start their careers with the firm.”