Apprentices add up for Campbell Dallas

Apprentices add up for Campbell Dallas

Scottish accountancy firm Campbell Dallas is set to invest £250,000 into the recruiting and training of 15 apprentices.

Campbell Dallas is one of the largest providers of accountancy apprenticeships in Scotland, with 50 members of staff currently under training contracts with the firm.

The company is hoping to help plug the accounting skills gap with its continued investment into apprentices and has been awarded the highest level of Investors in Young People Accreditation in recognition of this.

Chris Horne, managing partner, said: “The accountancy profession is struggling to attract, develop and retain young people, and is losing too many to competing sectors offering graduate programmes, such as financial services. 

“Attracting university trainees is a major problem for the long term sustainability of the profession and will impact on succession planning in the near future. 

“Three years ago we set a strategy to focus on attracting and training school leavers, and I am pleased to say it has been very successful for the apprentices and for the firm.

“Since we began the apprenticeship programme we calculate that the firm has invested well over £1m in employing, training, and development of staff. 

“In return we are growing our own talent, and ensuring our clients have consistency and continuity of service. 

“It is a model that is working for our firm, and could benefit the profession in Scotland if adopted on a wider basis.”