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Apprenticeships have changed a lot since Sam Gooding started out as an accountancy apprentice in the 1990’s. Read on to find out more about what it’s like to be an apprentice at Gooding Accounts in 2024.

Why are apprenticeships important to Gooding Accounts?

We’re always looking to hear from individuals who are keen to begin their career in accountancy. Those who choose to take the apprenticeship route are always eager to learn, not just about accountancy but often about the world of work. Our culture and values here at Goodings are very different from many other accountancy firms, and our apprentices learn how to grow within our unique working environment.

How does an apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship usually involves a day at Wiltshire colleges whilst working the remainder of the week in one of our offices. Personal study and revision is also required, but we empower our apprentices to succeed by offering them study days and time off to prepare for exams. Our apprentices are involved in all aspects of our busy office and aren’t just left to make the tea! Along with the rest of the team our apprentices are embracing our 2024 charity fundraising challenge, even joining a group who will be climbing Snowdon for Sunrise in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

What are the opportunities for progression for apprentices?

We’re keen to nurture the talent we have and keep our apprentices within the firm long term. Apprentice, Nathan has recently been promoted to Pod leader – leading a team of accountants, bookkeepers and tax experts. Even our Training Manager, Sam, who is now a fully qualified Charted Accountant, started his accountancy career here as a fresh-faced apprentice recently out of school.

How do you recruit apprentices?

We’re always looking to take on more apprentices, in 2024 we’re hoping to recruit a further 3 apprentices to join our team. It’s important to remember that, whilst most apprentices are young, we’re also interested to hear form those who might be looking for a new direction in their careers. In the first instance, we’ll take a look at the CV, followed by an interview, which focuses on whether an individual fits with our team. Those who fit with our team values will be welcomed on board!

What do your apprentices say?

Lara, our most recent addition to the team commented;
“I met Sam (Gooding) on my first day and he was really friendly.  Everyone is friendly and available to offer guidance and help.  I felt part of the team from day one!”

What are the benefits of an accountancy apprenticeship?

There are many routes to becoming a qualified account, including a university degree. Apprenticeships offer a number of benefits including:

  • Personal Development: Apprenticeships foster personal growth, promoting self-reliance, problem-solving, and adaptability.
  • Earn While You Learn: No need to choose between education and income! With apprenticeships, you earn a salary whilst you gain your professional qualifications.
  • Practical Experience: Immerse yourself in real-world scenarios, gaining hands-on experience that sets you apart.
  • Job Security: Secure your employment by consistently showcasing dedication and value, positioning yourself as an essential contributor.
  • Industry Networking: Connect with professionals and mentors, expanding your network to support you through your qualifications and beyond.

If you’re interested in an apprenticeship at Gooding Accounts please send us your CV and a covering letter to

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