Keeping talent in Cornwall

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Jack Beech and William Harding

Lang Bennetts has taken on two new recruits as part of its ongoing apprenticeship programme.

William Harding has joined the Falmouth office, while Jack Beech is working in the practice’s premises in Truro.

“I knew I didn’t want to go to university because of the huge debt you accrue so, for me, going down the apprenticeship route was a much better option,” said Harding.

“I chose to do a business diploma at Truro College because it was vocational and made me feel I was working towards my future. The course covered accounting which I liked and was good at.  The college then helped me secure a position at Lang Bennetts which I’m thoroughly enjoying.”

Beach started his apprenticeship a few days after completing GCSE exams at Richard Lander School in Truro. An accomplished mathematician, accountancy suited his natural abilities and he wanted to begin training for his chosen profession as soon as possible.

He said: “I tried accountancy during work experience week in year 10 and loved it. I did lots of research and decided it was definitely the career I wanted to pursue. Because I prefer a hands on experience to sitting in a classroom, an apprenticeship seemed the obvious route to take. For me the most important thing was getting into a working environment.”

Both young men are based in their respective offices four days a week, with the remaining day spent at Truro College.

Lang Bennetts partner, Helen Hood, said: “As a Cornish firm with a long and successful history, we strongly believe in supporting our local community as much as we can.

“Taking on apprentices is very important because it helps talented young people develop their skills in a work setting. It’s also very good for us as a business in that we learn as much from our apprentices as they do from us.”