Leonherman is a medium-sized accountancy practice based in West Didsbury (South Manchester) with a wide and varied client base. The firm is very much a training practice, strategically focused on the development of homegrown talent through its well-established AAT Accounts Apprenticeship and Trainee programmes. Leonherman offers apprenticeships in AAT accountancy or business administration each year to school and college leavers facilitating an ‘earn while you learn’ progression pathway. The firm’s apprentices and trainees benefit from day release and full study support, in addition to a friendly and diverse environment which is supportive of learning and building confidence in young people.
Leonherman has worked in partnership with Damar for the past five years for recruitment and the provision of accredited training programmes. The partnership has brought much success with apprentices and trainees progressing to semi-senior accounts roles, continuing to study towards further professional study qualifications through ACCA and becoming Senior Accountants.
Peter Brassington, Practice Partner at Leonherman says:
‘Damar is Leonherman's "go to" provider for the recruitment of apprentice and trainee accountants. Due to our long-standing relationship, Damar's expert staff know our firm well and can source candidates who are a great fit for our teams. Damar is also our first-choice provider of quality training for apprentices and trainees studying towards administrative or professional accountancy qualifications. Our staff are well supported by Damar's knowledgeable course tutors, both in the classroom and in the workplace, and they are confident in their subject knowledge when exam time approaches. We look forward to building further on the success our relationship with Damar has seen to date’.
When asked about their experiences of studying through Damar, here is what Leonherman trainee accountants had to say:
‘I am currently studying for my higher AAT accountancy and business skills apprenticeship and have found it to be a really enjoyable experience. The teachers are all friendly, helpful and try their hardest to make learning fun. Working at Leonherman complements my studying and I am becoming more confident and knowledgeable after every week. I would definitely recommend Damar if you are thinking about studying AAT’.
Grace Makin, Trainee Accountant
‘Damar fits in with and around the jobs that I do at work, with great teachers that help and support along the way. Damar has given me the experience and knowledge to get my career in accountancy off to a solid start’.
Alex Mallanaphy, Trainee Accountant