Work Experience, Apprentices and Graduates
We want the very best to be part of the team at Thorne Widgery, so we’re always looking to meet high calibre, enthusiastic, hard working people to join us. Whilst we sometimes do have specific vacancies available please like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and keep checking our current vacancies page for updates.
We’re an expanding business we would really love to hear from people who are:
- Really motivated to make the most of their abilities
- Confident with great interpersonal skills
- Team players who enjoy sharing their knowledge with others
- Forward thinking and solutions focused
We regularly attend careers fairs in Herefordshire so please come over and say hello!
Investing for the future
At Thorne Widgery we’re proud of our 70+ year history and being the largest independent accountancy practice in Hereford and expanding to Ludlow.
We believe good business is built on good planning.
So when we’re looking to the future we want to invest in apprentices with great technical skills, to ensure we have strong resources to grow our business in the years ahead.
The apprenticeships on offer will vary from year to year from Business Administration, Accounting to IT.
As Thorne Widgery apprentices working with us you’ll benefit from exposure to a varied customer base, from businesses of all sizes through to schools and non-profit organisations.
You’ll have the opportunity to experience a wide range of business/accountancy/IT processes whilst developing your skills and knowledge.
Many of our apprentices have worked in a rotation around teams by the time they have completed their apprenticeship programme.
Our apprenticeship programmes are fully supported by HWGTA, which as an employer, gives us a joined-up approach to apprenticeship’s progression at college whilst gaining MAAT and ACCA accreditation.
Looking further to the future, many of our former apprentices are still enjoying a rewarding career at Thorne Widgery, many after more years than they’d care to remember!
What our current apprentices and graduates have to say:
Harvey is one of our youngest apprentices to date having joined us straight out of school at the age of 16. Harvey has completed Level 2 and 3 AAT while assisting our team with the day-to-day work of the practice. He will be commencing Level 4 during 2019, and then hopes to continue his studies with the goal of one day becoming a qualified accountant.
So why TW, Harvey?
“I can confidently say I feel comfortable where I am, everyone has welcomed me and have been looking after me; helping me into the accountancy world. Thorne Widgery has taught me a lot with their training sessions, teaching me the base knowledge needed and also little tips that will make jobs easier to understand.”
Harvey won the Excellence in Accountancy Award – https://www.thornewidgery.co.uk/about-us/awards/
Charlotte joined Thorne Widgery in 2015 after 5 years at Santander. She loves working with numbers but found long-term, banking wasn’t offering the career opportunities she was looking for particularly in auditing. Having passed Level 3 AAT she’s looking to continue her studies to become fully ACCA qualified and to pass on her knowledge and experience to other new apprentices.
So why TW, Charlotte?
“Wealth of knowledge which is good when I’m still learning as lots of people to ask. As TW offer a wide range of accounting services (which you can’t get in all practices) there’s plenty to learn and the opportunity to find what parts of accountancy I enjoy. As the largest practice in Hereford with a good reputation, I’m proud to say I work at TW.”
Work experience and Internships
We think it’s important that opportunities are offered for all and where possible will accommodate requests for work experience to student from years 10/11/12 and 13 and sandwich year students at University.
After completing my A levels I took a year out before university with the aim of “seeing what opportunities came along”. Almost immediately I found myself with an accountancy apprenticeship at TW. The attraction for me was that it was a local firm that had scope for career progression. Obviously after this happened I didn’t make it to university! I then completed my AAT within 2 years and went on to study ACCA for a further 3 years before I qualified. Since that I have also competed dual qualification with ICAEW.
The reason TW was a good fit for me is it is a very forward thinking and progressive firm. For me career progression was always very important. TW recognised this and gave me every opportunity to push myself and to progress. I guess the evidence of this is that I started my initial Accountancy apprenticeship at
18 and worked my way up until I was made a Director before the age of 30.
I truly believe that with the right attitude, hard work and determination TW will give you every chance to achieve (whatever your definition of achievement is).
At TW we recognise that we are nothing without an excellent team. Which is why we are so committed to them and their development. And I guess I should know...
The opportunity to work at Thorne Widgery was too good to turn down as I knew it was very much a company on the up. Since I started I have been welcomed into the team and everyone I have come across has helped me in some way. It’s the strong bond between everyone here that I most enjoy about working at TW because as a ‘newbie’ there is nothing more comforting than having people willing to help and explain things to you. There is a real sense of togetherness and everyone is pulling in the same direction which makes it the perfect environment to learn.
I left Ludlow College in 2012, not really knowing what I wanted to do. I knew University wasn’t for me and it’s quite a lonely time looking for a job whilst all your friends are preparing to go to University. I ended up working two jobs for a few years, one with my Dad at the Earl of Plymouth Estate where we reared beef cattle. I also a part time job at Tesco, a few hours a week to try and earn as much as I could.
I then left to work at McCartneys in the accounts department and it was there I realised what I wanted to do. After progressing as much as I could there I wanted to take the next step up the ladder and to do that I needed qualifications.
Although it’s taken 6 years, thanks to TW, I now have the chance to achieve my career goals as I am enrolled onto an AAT Level 3 course. I hope to progress onto my Level 4 and eventually gain ACCA accreditation further down the line.
I strongly advise young people today to think seriously about apprenticeships as going to University isn’t for everyone. Unless you have a clear path you want to follow then don’t be afraid to earn whilst you learn.
After leaving school in 2011 at the age of 16 I started a summer job at Thorne Widgery and it soon became clear that becoming an accountant was something I was interested in.
Thorne Widgery then offered me the opportunity to stay on and undergo an apprenticeship with HGTA studying AAT. I attended Hereford College of Technology 1 day per week. What I enjoyed most was learning on the job, which is what attracted me to an apprenticeship.
In 2014 I completed my AAT qualification by which time I had progressed from accounts trainee to accounts technician.
In 2016 I decided to go on to study ACCA, studying at the University of South Wales and am due to complete this qualification during 2019. During this time, I have been promoted to a Manager, which allows me to assist one of the partners in managing their portfolio of clients as well as managing a team of accounts trainees.
What I enjoy most about Thorne Widgery is the diverse type of work I get involved in and being one of the largest accountancy practices in the area I feel it offers me a lot of opportunities.
I joined TW in April 2016 in the position of Sales & Marketing Manager following a varied career in Account Management, Business Development, Event planning and customer services. Through time the functions of my job changed and moved from what was originally envisaged, partly due to my input and also reacting to the innovation and development initiatives across the business of which there are many!
During the 2.5 years I was in this role I also undertook some HR and recruitment requirements which utilised skills I had built throughout my career.
I have a passion for working with and helping people, and seeing the growth changes across our business. My proposal in December 2018 was accepted and I was given the opportunity to change career direction within TW to concentrate on our employees. I am now currently responsible for managing the recruitment, development and support of our team. I have introduced a new performance and appraisal programme and also head up the TW Life team who capture and discuss ideas on how we can improve our working environment, social and charity events and any other ideas that will keep our team happy or add value to the community.
I am also able to support local schools and education providers by attending careers events, assisting with mock interview training and, where possible, co-ordinating work experience within TW. These opportunities give potential future employees the chance to ask questions, meet some of the team and get a feel of what a working life within TW is like and gives me job satisfaction by being able to provide some coaching assistance and advice.
I was attracted to a role at TW as it offered a greater flexibility and attitude to technology than any other local firm. I initially joined as an accounts senior and worked within this role for 3 years whilst studying towards the ACCA qualification. Whilst working towards the qualification I was mostly involved in the processing and reviewing of accounts and supervising junior members of staff in completing their work. Around 1 year into my TW career I moved into the Xero team and concentrated on answering any queries clients had.
In June 2016 I qualified as an accountant and then took up a role working within the technology arm of the business and helping clients to embrace various systems, mostly Xero, to help them streamline their workflows. I am now heading up a team of 4 in the Innovations department developing, and training in, X for Education; our own bespoke financial software developed for the Academy Schools and Education sector. I enjoy the fact that no one day is the same and my work can be helping clients in many different sectors and on different systems, together with managing and nurturing my team.”
In 2016, I joined TW as a Trainee Accountant, after completing an Accountancy degree at University of Worcester. When I left University, my preference was to stay in Herefordshire,
I therefore started to research into Companies in the area; after many conversations and research Thorne Widgery quickly became top of my list. After joining I wasn’t disappointed, there was so much variety of work and several opportunities to develop my skills and the office has a great atmosphere. During my time with TW I have worked on accounts from a range of different industries all of which use different rules within the accountancy profession. As well as preparing accounts, some of my jobs include preparing VAT returns, incorporating companies and share transfers.
The opportunities aren’t just in the office though; I am very much a people person, and TW have encouraged me to develop my networking and presenting
skills. I have been able to attend several different events and even presented at a couple with the support of TW.
As I had completed a relevant degree, this gave me a head start in both the
office and the classroom; in the office I had the knowledge of the accounting fundamentals so was able to get into the work straight away. In the classroom, I was able to bypass several of the early ACCA exams, allowing my qualification time to be reduced.”