A BDO client will generally have some short-term goals and a long-term vision – but standing in their way will often be a number of tax-related issues.
Our job is to act as guides through the complex, ever-changing landscape of tax legislation, to help our clients get where they want to be by the most effective route.
To do this, we must offer many different tax services. These include day-to-day compliance with the tax authorities, advice on employment taxation and international tax, transaction support for deals such as mergers and acquisitions, VAT services, expatriate tax advice and more. Such a diverse offering means we need similar variety in our team. We need specialists who can handle the most technically challenging and sector-specific issues, we need versatile and people-focused individuals who can field a wide range of questions from large owner-managed businesses, and we need brilliant innovators who can work on tailored solutions to address a client’s specific circumstances.
Your journey to becoming a BDO tax adviser will begin in the area of compliance – with responsibilities such as providing figures for a company’s statutory accounts, and preparing their corporate tax returns. As you develop, you’ll progress on to more challenging work, such as advising a client’s on tax opportunities and pitfalls. You will also begin to deal directly with HMRC and get to grips with complex tax advisory projects.
You may also get the chance to spend time in one of our specialist tax areas, or in one of our audit groups, to really explore your options and talents and diversify your experience.
BDO Apprenticeship Programme
A university education isn’t for everyone – some people simply want to get out there and start earning straight away. Our Apprenticeship Programme lets you do just that. You’ll be supported throughout your training as you earn while you learn.
With BDO you can pick up highly-regarded professional qualifications, while enjoying a permanent salaried career – all without the expense of funding higher education yourself. At the same time, you’ll be gaining invaluable experience in a commercial environment, working on real business projects alongside leading industry professionals.
Take the BDO route to qualification
Our Apprenticeship Programme combines work experience with getting your professional qualifications; we want to ensure that we are equipping you for success, so we will provide you with training in relevant skills and behaviors, as well as the professional knowledge which is required to be successful in your role. For the first two years you’ll study towards the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) qualification or the Association of Tax Technician qualification (ATT).
If successful in these, you’ll work towards gaining an appropriate professional qualification for your chosen specialism. This will usually be the ACA, but may be the CA (in Scotland) or the CTA if you intend to specialise in tax.
Please note if you work for BDO Drive Solutions your learning journey will start with the AAT and then progress to complete the ACCA qualification.
If you pass all of your exams and complete your apprenticeship learning plan, then within four years you’ll be a qualified accountant as well as achieving a Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship*.
*Please note that the Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship covers: ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIoT qualification pathways.
Always there to support you
From day one you can count on an extensive network of support, including mentors, partners and your individual counselling manager. The counselling manager will monitor your progress, act as an information source and make sure you’ve been set appropriate work and clear objectives. They’ll help you settle in, find the best ways to meet the challenges you face and realise your full potential. You’ll also be assigned a buddy (a more experienced colleague) to support you through your professional exams.
We pay for every aspect of your professional training. This is conducted by external tutor firms, except for the CTA training part, which we offer in-house. We’ll make sure you have all the study time you need, along with support and extra tuition if you want it. Our excellent results speak for themselves – often up to 10% above the national average.
Training includes not only the specialist knowledge and practical tools you’ll need for your business area, but also a range of personal, management, client service and client-winning skills. Together, they’ll help you to become a fully rounded BDO adviser.
Deciding on a particular business area and qualification may seem daunting at this stage. To make it easier, we’ll give you as much information as possible about the options available, so you can see how well they fit in with your strengths and interests. Most of our apprentices trust their instincts to which particular area ‘feels right’ for them.
Please take the time to read about each area to help you make the right choice. You can also watch videos of recent BDO trainees talking about their journey so far.
To be considered for our apprenticeship programme, you need to have at least the following (or equivalent):
- 3 A levels at grades A*-C, excluding General Studies and Extended Projects
- A 9-4 in Maths and English at GCSE
Applications are screened on an on-going basis, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
When the most ambitious, entrepreneurial and high-growth businesses need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to BDO. We are a major global player in our industry and take pride in always keeping sight of our clients’ unique needs. Integrity is at the heart of everything we do. The investment we make in building long-term relationships with our clients is a big part of why our clients would recommend us more than any other firm.
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