BDO welcoming more than 800 trainees in the next 12 months

Later this month, BDO will welcome its 2020 cohort of almost 400 trainees to the firm, with an additional 45 due to join in February 2021. 

The roles are based across the UK and split across its graduate and apprenticeship programmes. The new joiners will take part in virtual inductions while BDO’s workforce continues to work remotely as a result of COVID-19.

Applications are now open for trainee roles starting in 2021, with 450 roles available. 

More than 100 of the positions will be school leaver apprenticeships, with the majority of the 450 trainees able to undertake a level-7 apprenticeship programme – a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree. Over 300 of the new trainees will be recruited to BDO’s audit department, demonstrating continued investment in its audit practice. 

This summer, BDO hosted its first ever ‘virtual internship’ where 26 students in their penultimate year of university were able to spend a week with the firm, gaining valuable insight into what a career at BDO might entail. 

In addition to this, the firm’s Liverpool office also hired 29 industrial placement students earlier this year who joined the firm for 13 months between their second and third year of university.  

Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at BDO, said:

“Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 making it an incredibly challenging time for businesses and individuals, we are delighted to be welcoming almost 400 new trainees to the firm this year, and even more in 2021. 

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“The wellbeing of our workforce is our number one priority, and we are grateful to work in a profession in which we are able to work effectively from home. This flexibility – together with the latest technology – will allow our new cohort of trainees to fully immerse themselves into their first few months with BDO while four colleagues continue to work remotely.  

“Culture is an incredibly important part of our business, and we will go above and beyond to ensure our new graduates and apprentices experience the best of BDO’s culture despite not being in an office every day. 

“We are living in uncertain times, particularly for young people looking to kick-start their careers, which is why it’s important to look ahead and invest in the best and brightest talent who will become our advisers of the future. 

“BDO is a people-powered business and I have no doubt that our new joiners will be an incredible asset to our diverse and dynamic teams across the country.” 


Note to editors

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP provides integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world. 

Our clients are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high-growth businesses that fuel the economy.  

We share our clients’ ambitions and their entrepreneurial mind-set. We have the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise to help them succeed.  

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BDO LLP operates in 17 locations across the UK, employing nearly 5,500 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services. BDO LLP is the UK member firm of the BDO international network.

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