• Role: Trainee Chartered Accountant (Accounts and Audit)
  • Location: Inverness
  • University: St. Andrews
  • Degree: Management

Alistair Reid

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Why did you apply for Saffery Champness?

I joined Saffery Champness in April 2015 and began my training contract in the September. The study package was the most important element for me when looking for a graduate role and I was really impressed by what Saffery Champness had to offer. The support on offer was excellent and the timetable for progression was ideally suited to my needs.

How would you describe the culture of Saffery Champness?

The culture at Saffery Champness is one which really looks after its people. I have experienced this through the support I have received with my studies, the internal training courses I attend and the day to day opportunities I am given. At its core, it is a traditional firm with a long history but from my experience I would describe it as forward looking and progressive.

How have you found the training contract?

As I am training at one of the firm’s Scottish offices. I am currently studying towards the CA qualification with ICAS, the oldest accountancy body in the world. I have found the qualification to be challenging but also rewarding and worthwhile. It definitely gives you a solid grounding in accounting and I often find the topics covered in lectures come up in my daily work in the office. For me it is extremely beneficial as it not only provides me with a great deal of knowledge but it also gives me an internationally-recognised qualification that I can take with me for the rest of my life.

Does the firm offer you the support necessary to do this studying?

The training package on offer really is excellent. I attend face to face classes on block release, have study leave to do self-study modules, and I get time off before exams.
There are also a lot of qualified staff in the office and a number of recently qualified seniors – who have just completed the process so know exactly what it is like – so there is always someone to go to if I have any difficulties with a topic.

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