A Newton Aycliffe resident has landed a job with a leading accountancy firm.
Clive Owen has appointed four new trainees at its Darlington office is it prepares for future growth.
The local young people will have the opportunity to gain skills, qualifications and experience while earning a salary.
During a three-year training contract, three of the trainees will receive full study support for the ACA qualification with the ICAEW.
The trainees include Oliver Bainbridge, 22, from Newton Aycliffe, who studied for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification at Darlington’s QE College.
He’ll be joined by Paige Robson, 18, from Bishop Auckland, Elizabeth Rae, 21, from Saltburn and Lydia Dawes, 22, from Richmond.
Clive Owen was recognised for its excellence with the accolade of Accountancy Firm of the Year (51-200 employees) at the North East Accountancy Wards 2018.
The firm has grown significantly over its 35-year history since Clive Owen himself founded the firm, working with a broad range of businesses across North East and Yorkshire offering a range of specialised services.
Managing director Tony Luckett said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new recruits, who are taking the first steps on the accountancy career ladder.
“Taking on trainees is a direct investment in the future development of our workforce and it’s a fantastic way to support local, talented individuals who are keen to start their careers.
“Professional firms in towns like Darlington can offer a high quality of work and training, with the added benefit of a less-stressed lifestyle and more affordable property prices.
“We believe we have recruited four young people who will be an asset to the firm, proving that the town can compete with the bigger cities of Leeds or Newcastle in terms of training and retaining the best people.”