Local accountancy firm Crunch Accounting launched the Crunch Academy today, the first in-house, AAT-approved accountancy training service of its kind in the south of England.
The first eight recruits from across Brighton begin training in the Academy today, including four accounting apprentices working towards their AAT Level 2 certification in bookkeeping. Trainees in the Academy will be receiving a mixture of classroom and on-the-job training before progressing to work with live client data.
Accounting apprentice Jason Cordingley, one of the new recruits, said, “the Crunch Academy provides a foot in the door of my chosen career, as well as a springboard into a fun and innovative company.”
Crunch Accountancy training manager Laura Hughes, who is running the new programme, said:
“By providing the training on-site at Crunch, we can offer a much more flexible and modern programme. Our apprentices will not only be learning accounting, but also communication, software and marketing skills. They’ll learn how startups and freelancers work, and how best to support these new businesses.”
“As Crunch continues to grow, we are recruiting new people every week and it’s not always easy to find the high quality of staff the Crunch service demands. By launching the Crunch Academy we can address the skills shortage we’re seeing locally while also creating more employment opportunities.”
The launch of the new training centre follows a massive period of growth for Crunch, as the company welcomed its 5,000th client and celebrated its fifth birthday in April.
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