Onboarding An Apprentice During COVID-19

Posted by: Jennifer Bramley

One of our partnered employers, Avonmead Accountants, haven’t let COVID-19 stop them from onboarding and training their latest apprentice with Babington.

Avonmead Accountants are a digital accountancy firm with offices based in Birmingham and Bristol. They deliver cloud accounting services to start-up and SME businesses across the country and their management team has over 10 years’ combined experience working at KPMG, a “Big Four” accountancy firm.

The Avonmead Team when they won Small Practice of the Year in February 2020.
Training at no cost

As Avonmead Accountants are based in Birmingham, they are eligible for The West Midlands Combined Authority’s Levy Transfer, meaning the business is able to hire and train new recruits with Babington at no extra cost.

Supporting Accountancy Apprenticeships

Avonmead supports the AAT and ACCA apprenticeships and aim to recruit an additional 10 team members within the next 5 years, so it is vitally important to them that we attract and retain the right people for them. They value the experience and skills an apprenticeship can bring to the firm, as two members from their management team began their careers as apprentices, whilst studying towards their AAT qualification.

Before Lockdown, Babington’s supported the business by providing them with the opportunity to interview several great candidates, in addition to supporting them with registering and setting up their apprenticeship scheme. We also supported them with arranging the interviews and provided feedback throughout the process, to ensure they recruited the right person.

Working from home

Their newest apprentice started studying towards the level 3 AAT qualification in May 2020. As a cloud-based accountancy practice, it was a great achievement for them to be able to onboard their new apprentice, Ben, despite the impacts of Covid-19.

At present, their apprentice works remotely from home and communicates with his employer throughout the day using video calls and instant messaging, using technology such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Ben uses our digital learning platform, BabingtonOnline to complete apprenticeship work from home. BabingtonOnline has a lot of helpful tools to help widen his knowledge and incorporates OneFile, so that apprentices can easily log their Off-The-Job-Training hours. Ben also has regular video call meetings with his dedicated tutor and scheduled online learning sessions that include all of his class.

Developing Employees

As they continue to grow their team and invest in their people, they intend to recruit a new apprentice to join their firm each year, providing a fantastic opportunity to become a valued member of their team with incredible opportunity for growth.

Developing talent and promoting from within is one of our core values at Avonmead Accountants. Apprenticeships help us to provide individuals with the opportunity to become an essential part of our team, whilst studying towards a professional qualification.”

– Adam Wright ACCA FMAAT, Associate Director

We are pleased to see that Avonmead Accountants are still developing internal talent, with the Levy Transfer initiative, during this unsettling time.

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