Accountancy firm enlists bumper intake of 17 apprentices as part of ongoing learning programme

A LEADING Cumbrian accountancy firm has supercharged its commitment to the ongoing learning and professional development of its staff – by enlisting 17 new apprentices.

Saint & Co offers a variety of apprenticeship programmes across four office bases in Cumbria to support people wanting to either start a career or develop their knowledge and qualifications within the industry.

The company has an annual apprenticeship programme, and this year widened its scope to provide more learning opportunities to a larger range of apprentices.

Two of the firm’s new apprentices are based in the company’s Whitehaven and Millom offices, with Rachel Simpson and Anna Campbell both studying towards their Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications.

Rachel, 37, joined Saint & Co within the payroll department at Whitehaven on maternity cover 15 years ago, and

Rachael Simpson

has worked her way up to the position of VAT manager and accounts senior. To broaden her understanding of the industry, she is being supported through her accounting qualifications to achieve chartered status.

“I feel very fortunate to have the great support of the company which has helped find ways of introducing me to new parts of the business I’ve not been involved in before, and I’m excited to be working towards my ACCA qualification,” said Rachel.

“I expressed an interest in continuing my development at Saint & Co and learning while working has proved so beneficial to me. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to expand my training and understanding of the industry.”

In its latest intake, Saint & Co offered 10 apprenticeships at its Carlisle office, four in Ambleside, and one in Wigton, in addition to the two at Whitehaven and Millom.

Sophie Graham, Training Partner at Saint & Co

The firm’s Student Training Partner, Sophie Graham, oversees the apprenticeship programme and said the bumper intake highlights Saint & Co’s desire to support people in their professional development journey, whatever route that might be.

She said: “Working with apprentices is very important to us as a company and we want to ensure that we offer wider career pathways for all, and not potentially miss out on somebody who doesn’t go down the more traditional route of a university degree.

“The majority of partners within Saint & Co who started with the company as students themselves, so we know first-hand how effective they can be as a starting point in somebody’s career.

“We often find apprentices bring a fresh perspective on things and make sure we are moving with the times, and the company is certainly feeling the benefits of working with so many apprentices.”

Saint & Co’s apprenticeship programme is aimed at adults of any age and experience.

Anyone wishing to apply for an apprenticeship with Saint & Co should send a CV and cover letter to Sophie Graham at