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Fluid job market leads to potential positions

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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ACCOUNTANCY Learning, which specialises in training for accounting and the AAT qualification, is seeing more opportunities for new apprentices as the jobs market becomes more fluid.

It is advertising for accounting apprentices in Bideford, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple on this week's apprenticeship vacancies page.

"When there's a recession, nobody leaves," said Simon Deane of Accountancy Learning. "When things pick up, people move on. People who move on are being replaced."

The roles advertised involve developing a wide range of accounting skills required by firms of chartered accountants in practice.

They will include training to help applicants achieve the full AAT qualification.

The roles also require the progressive acquisition of technical knowledge and skills, and candidates are expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A-C (including Maths and English) and ideally two A Levels at grades A-C, or equivalent.

Simon stressed the importance of having a good CV and making the most of GCSEs and A Levels. He likes to see the candidate's name as well as their exam subjects and grades.

"Employers want to see that a person is worth investing in. Be brave. Find something relevant to put on your CV, such as voluntary work.

"They want to see personality, a willingness to work and that you know what you want."

Simon said how useful apprentices are to employers by providing extra resources and freeing up owners to develop and expand their business.

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