Hazlewoods climbs the rankings as top employer of school and college leavers

Published: Friday 9 June 2017

We are delighted to have climbed to 28th in the National Top Employers for School and College Leavers awards, organised by AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

The winners were decided on the results of anonymous satisfaction surveys filled in by trainees; these assessed opportunities for skills development, careers progression and salary.

Julia Jones, HR Director, said: “We are so pleased at being placed above some of the biggest national players in this ranking, including BT, GSK, Harrods, Mercedes-Benz and Marks and Spencer. 

“We work closely with schools and colleges, attending events such as careers evenings and providing mock interviews and offer a route to becoming a qualified accountant without having to go to university.”

The news follows further recruitment success for Hazlewoods, as we had our biggest intake of trainees ever at the end of 2016. We enrolled a total of 28 school and college leavers and university graduates to train in the profession - the largest single intake of new trainees in Hazlewoods history. 

A-level students can apply for an AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) training contract with Hazlewoods, which lasts two years. During that time, they are employed full time gaining valuable experience of working in accountancy whilst attending college one day a week and undertaking exams.

Julia Jones continued: “Trainees are supported every step of the way at Hazlewoods. It is hard work, working full time and studying, but they get time out to study and take exams.

“We liaise regularly with the college they are attending and get regular feedback on progress. Hazlewoods is committed to bringing in new AAT trainees every year and to its training programme.

“There are clear opportunities to develop and climb the career ladder and we are wholly committed to developing our own talent at Hazlewoods and nurturing it. We are delighted to gain this ranking as a Top Employer for School and College Leavers." 

We were also finalists in two school leaver awards: ‘Top employer – accounting and professional services’ and ‘Best school leaver programme’.