We’ve expanded our accountancy apprenticeship programme and are delighted to have more trainees at Lithgow Perkins this year than ever before.

As one of Harrogate’s oldest accountancy firms, we are proud of our history and keen to maintain our presence in the town for years to come. So, while observing our past, we also aim to build on it and look to the future by developing our next generation of finance professionals.

Our apprentices this year make up a quarter of our 20-strong team and are all at different stages of their accountancy journey.

Nina Stimpson, Sophie Arthington, Sam Elliott and David Hopkins are all working towards Level 3 of their AAT qualifications. Their training covers a range of key areas including accounts, book keeping, VAT, returns and payroll.

Dylan Groves, meanwhile, is specialising in tax and is working alongside our tax manager Stuart Abbott as he progresses towards his ATT chartered tax exams.

Partner Tom Rhodes, who began his own accountancy career as an apprentice here at Lithgow Perkins 11 years ago, said: “Having a strong apprenticeship programme that gives young people the opportunity to develop their careers with us is vital not just for their future, but for ours too.”

Our apprenticeship programme has been honed in recent years to offer a broad foundation in the accountancy profession. As a small, independent firm, we can be flexible in creating opportunities for our trainees to work across a range of disciplines, supported by various specialists from our team.

Tom added: “It’s not just a case of developing accountancy expertise; it’s also about building confidence in the ‘softer’ skills that are so important when dealing directly with clients.”