Whitehead & Howarth Chartered Accountants makes graduate recruitment

A University of Central Lancashire business graduate has secured a permanent role at a well established firm of accountants, following a successful trial programme.

James Schofield, 22 from Blackpool, has joined Lytham St Annes-based chartered accountants and auditors, Whitehead & Howarth as a trainee accountant, following a four-week work experience period.

The UCLan graduate gained a first class BA Hons in Business & Accounting this year and following a conversation with Partner, Gareth Maddock, James secured an interview and then a four-week trial at the practice. He has spent that time shadowing the different departments within the firm and assisting them on various clients from a variety of business sectors.

In his new permanent role, James will work alongside the team at Whitehead & Howarth, with a study package enabling him to expand his knowledge of accountancy, tax and auditing.

“This is a great opportunity and proves that work experience is worthwhile and rewarding” says James on his permanent role. “The range and diversity of the work here make Whitehead & Howarth a really interesting environment in which I know I will learn quickly.”

Whitehead & Howarth Chartered Accountants has been in practice since 1922, and have developed a fine reputation within the surrounding area, priding themselves on close links with their clients. The highly experienced team includes AAT, ACCA and ICAEW qualified chartered accountants, all of whom regularly undertake professional development training in order to ensure that they maintain the most up to date technical know-how in the specialist fields in which they operate.

Gareth from Whitehead & Howarth adds: “James has talent and intelligence, which, combined with his enthusiasm for the profession, makes him a great addition to our team.” “We operate throughout the Fylde and Lancashire area and James’s skills will be put to good use, helping us service clients throughout the county for any of their business needs”