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PKF Francis Clark is a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

PKF Francis Clark has been recognised as an outstanding apprenticeship employer in England.

The Exeter-based chartered accountancy firm is ranked 28th on the new Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list for 2023. First compiled in 2020, the prestigious annual rankings have been developed by the Department of Education in partnership with High Fliers Research, who independently assess and rank the nation’s top apprenticeship employers.

The rankings recognise employers for their commitment to employing apprentices, their creation of new apprenticeships, the diversity of their new apprentices, and the number of apprentices who complete their apprenticeships and progress further.

A total of 108 apprentices started apprenticeships with PKF Francis Clark in the year to March 2023. With nine offices across the South and South West of England, the firm offers accountancy and tax apprenticeship pathways for graduates, school leavers and career changers.

Amy Taylor, chief people officer at PKF Francis Clark, said: “Growing our own talent is fundamental to our success as a firm, so we’re proud to be ranked as a Top 100 Apprenticeship employer. In recent years we have recruited a record number of graduates and school leavers, as well as providing opportunities for our existing colleagues to start apprenticeships.”

PKF Francis Clark offers three main entry routes for accountancy and tax trainees, with apprentices usually starting in January and September:

  • The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) apprenticeship is aimed at school leavers and combines learning on the job with attending college one day a week, leading to a level 3 or 4 qualification.
  • Graduates work towards a level 7 qualification from the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA), combining on-the-job learning from experienced colleagues with studying via a leading professional training provider.
  • The firm also has a specialist tax pathway for apprentices to achieve the level 7 Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.

Applications for apprenticeships starting next year will open in September.

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers accolade comes after PKF Francis Clark was certified as a Great Place to Work in September 2022. The firm is also ranked among the UK’s Best Workplaces and Best Workplaces for Wellbeing by Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture.

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