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Young Accountants' new beginnings

Young people at the start of their working lives have just been recruited by accountants and business advisers PKF.

The 13 new recruits come from all over East Anglia and beyond and will be based in the firm's offices in Ipswich, Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

This week they began the first year of regular training courses to become qualified accountants - this one staged at Ipswich's Felaw Maltings.

Graham Randall, one of the partners who has been responsible for hiring new, young recruits for the firm for the past 20 years, said: "This is probably one of the largest intakes we've had for three years.

"As training and counselling partner I keep an eye on their exam results and ensure they receive the right work experience."

The new staff are aged between 18-21 years - many have started work after taking a gap year after school or university.

Mr Randall said the qualities PKF looks for in candidates are those who have a good personality, the ability to communicate and confidence because they may find themselves talking to the MD of a company during their working day.

He says CVs are very important, too: "Apart from good exam results, I look for anything on a CV that shows they have held a position of responsibility and what they have done in their gap year - if they had one."

For information on a career in accountancy call PKF on 01473 320700, or log on to PKF's website

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