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Numbers add up for accountants on paid internships

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

Llinos Owens, audit manager at Bevan and Buckland.

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THE numbers certainly add up for Swansea chartered accountants Bevan and Buckland when it comes to the ground-breaking scheme to give students a chance.

It has thrown its lot in with Spin — the Swansea Paid Internship Network project — and is more than happy to do so.

Last year employers were challenged to take on 50 second-year Swansea University students to give them paid experience for six to eight weeks.

Target achieved, the second year of Spin aims to place 100 of them.

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Bevan and Buckland will offer a student experience in preparing small company accounts and an introduction to auditing. If it goes well, a job opportunity could follow.

"A placement is an opportunity for a student to gain valuable experience before completing their studies," said audit manager Llinos Owens. "This experience will give them an advantage when they start their search for a graduate training contract.

"As a prospective employer we always look favourably on a candidate who has made the effort to gain experience.

"Each year we hold a graduate recruitment day, where we look to recruit a minimum of two trainees.

"The students that are offered a six week placement are therefore in position to stand out to us as a potential employer.

"We have therefore found offering placements and work experience to be very successful for both parties. For us the advantage is to have contact with graduates before they complete their studies, which speeds up the recruitment process."

So far 23 companies have signed up for Spin 2014, the latest to do so Gower College Swansea, city-based accountants Broomfield & Alexander and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

Visit www.swansea.ac.uk /spin-for-business, ring 01792 513128 or email brightsparks@swansea.ac.uk

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