East Grinstead accountant leads the way on ICAEW apprenticeship scheme

Investment in young talent continues to reap benefits at MHA Carpenter Box, with news that Alex Kent has become the first apprentice at the firm to gain Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) status.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 12:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 12:16 pm

Alex, who lives in East Grinstead, joined the Sussex-based accountancy firm’s Audit & Assurance team at Gatwick in July 2017 after graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University.

He started out on a traditional trainee route at MHA Carpenter Box but then moved onto the ICAEW apprenticeship to develop his skills and enhance his career opportunities.

Alex said: “I am very grateful for the support that MHA Carpenter Box has given me throughout my training and would highly recommend the apprenticeship scheme to any young person interested in becoming a fully qualified accountant.

Alex Kent has become the first apprentice at MHA Carpenter Box to gain Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) status. Picture courtesy of Harvest Marketing Communications

“The scheme provides structure, and the support of a ‘talent coach’ is also invaluable in building confidence and progressing through the programme.”

MHA Carpenter Box managing partner, Alan Edwards, added: “We have always taken our role of training the next generation of accountants, tax and business advisers very seriously and continue to invest heavily in emerging talent.

“We know that prospects for young people have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, so as a firm we are determined to continue offering opportunities to school and college leavers.

"Alex is the first of our young recruits on the apprenticeship scheme to qualify as an ACA and we now offer this route to qualification to all our trainees joining the firm.”

MHA Carpenter Box operates from offices in Worthing, Brighton, Gatwick and Chichester.