BDO welcomes almost 600 new trainees

BDO welcomes almost 600 new trainees

Accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO has welcomed almost 600 new trainees to its business across the UK this week in roles across audit, tax and advisory.

The trainees, of which 400 sit in BDO’s audit practice, are a combination of school leaver apprentices and university graduates. More than 280 of the new trainees are based in the regions outside of London and the South East.

As part of their training programme, the majority of the new joiners will also have opportunity to undertake a level-7 apprenticeship programme, resulting in a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree.

In addition to its apprentice and graduate positions, BDO has also run a number of work experience and insight programmes across the summer, designed to give a taste of what a career in accountancy might look like and increase access to accountancy from all backgrounds.

The firm hired over 90 industrial placement students to join BDO for 12 months between their second and third year of university, as well as more than 80 summer interns, for a 6-week programme.

BDO is also now in its third year of its targeted virtual insight programmes, delivered as part of its commitment to increasing diversity in the profession. More than 20 students from years 11-13 took part in the firm’s Explore BDO programme, targeting students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, whilst 14 university students took part in BDO’s Black heritage programme.

Applications for the firm’s 2024 graduate and school leaver apprentice programmes will open later in the Autumn, with more than 700 positions available. More than 500 of this group will join the firm’s audit practice. In addition to this, BDO will also be running its annual summer internships and virtual insight programmes.

Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at BDO, said:

“Welcoming our new cohort of trainees to the firm is one of the highlights of the year. We remain committed to progressing the next generation of young people into the world of accountancy which is why we want to continue to offer many different routes into the profession.

“With more than 900 positions available in 2024 across our range of early career programmes, we are continuing our investment in the brightest talent whilst also striving to make the accountancy profession accessible for everyone, no matter what their background.

“We know our insight and work experience programmes have made a real difference and it has been fantastic to see some of the students who took part in 2021 and 2022 have completed their studies and gone on to join the firm as trainees.

“The last few years has seen so much uncertainty as businesses and individuals alike have navigated many challenges. We know that many of these new joiners will have felt the disruptive impact of this and they should be incredibly proud of their achievements and resilience throughout these difficult circumstances.

“I look forward to supporting our new trainees to kickstart their careers and watching them succeed here at BDO.”


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Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP provides integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world.

The organisations we work with are Britain’s economic engine –entrepreneurially-spirited, high-growth businesses that fuel the economy. 

We understand the ambitions and entrepreneurial mindset of those we work with and have the global reach, integrity and expertise to help people and businesses succeed. 


BDO LLP operates in 17 offices across the UK, employing 7,500 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services. BDO LLP is the UK member firm of the BDO international network.

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Emma Ordidge
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