Norland, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading facilities management providers, has launched a graduate trainee accountant scheme to help it support its continuing strong growth. Authorised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW), the initiative forms part of Norland’s commitment to training and development with an objective of taking on three graduates in its first year.
Advertised via the ICAEW, the University ‘Milkround’ and via digital job boards, Norland received more than 150 applications from graduates in a variety of subjects. Those shortlisted were then put through a series of online verbal and numerical reasoning tests, competency-based interviews and a final assessment day.
The three successful candidates will start in September 2013. They will complete more than 100 study days over a three year period covering modules in accountancy, finance and business. These will be accomplished whilst the graduate is working for Norland in a range of roles intended to increase their general business understanding and knowledge of the industry. After three years, and on successful completion of their exams, the graduates will be eligible for membership of the ICAEW at which point they will become the finance manager of one of Norland’s business units.
Clive Colloff, Finance Director of Norland’s Corporate Services capability said: “Norland has a downstream model which means that our individual business units are essentially run as businesses in their own right. So the ‘Finance Manager’ role is critical in helping the business unit leader to grow their business sustainably. Our graduate trainees, once qualified, will be responsible for the financial management of their contracts, provide financial control and discipline as well as own all reporting and management accounts. They are their business unit leader’s ‘financial strategist’.
The new scheme will underpin Norland’s strong commitment to professionalising the facilities management industry and generally to training and development. The graduate training scheme joins Norland’s successful Apprentice Training scheme which has trained 45 new apprentices to date and the company’s comprehensive Management Development programme which prepares Norland staff for the next stage in their careers.
www.norlandmanagedservices.co.uk 020 7871 9100
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