Leading SME advisors, Champion Accountants, has retained its Platinum Learning Partner Status from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), demonstrating its continued commitment to staff training and development.

The ACCA’s Approved Employer Programme recognises employers with outstanding training programmes and those providing the highest level of support to their trainees in order to achieve successful accountancy careers.

With offices in Manchester, Preston, Blackpool and Chester, Champion Accountants is committed to growing its own, with many of its 100+ team having risen through the ranks during their careers.

An alternative to university and apprenticeships, Champion Accountants’ trainee programme gives its staff the opportunity to gain valuable skills on the job, while also completing recognised accounting qualifications, such as AAT and ACCA.

As a Platinum Employer, Champion Accountants offers trainees a fully-funded study programme, worth more than £16,000.

Former Champion Accountants trainee turned client manager, Brittany Jackson, explains: “I joined Champion as an audit & accounts semi senior and from day one, I hit the ground running. I’ve achieved fully qualified ACCA status and I’ve been encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of training and progression opportunities available within the group.

“Some young people are put off because of what they think a ‘traditional accountant’ is like, but the modern accountant is much more than just a number cruncher and instead, a trusted advisor. The majority of my role involves me actively working with my clients to assist them with making informed strategic decisions, in order to grow their business. Champion has encouraged me to be decisive, trust my instincts and pushed me to progress and without that, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Ged Cosgrove, group managing partner at Champion Accountants, added: “I’m extremely proud of the continued recognition from ACCA, and at the centre of our success here at Champion is our talented and hardworking team. We’re dedicated to developing and nurturing all our employees and providing them with the skills, experience and qualifications to progress in their career and this continued recognition will help us to continue to attract the right candidates.”

For more information on Champion Accountants’ trainee programme, email careers@championgroup.co.uk or call 0161 703 2500.