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MHA Tait Walker apprentices ready for careers in professional services

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2020, accountancy firm MHA Tait Walker is shining a light on some of its wealth management apprentices who are studying alongside their working duties.

MHA Tait Walker currently has three apprentices in its ranks, Dominic Hall and Jessica Maneely, who have seized the opportunity to learn about the professional services sector and Hannah Gill who has secured a permanent job with the firm.

Hannah actually started her career with MHA Tait Walker seven years ago, within its 29-strong wealth management team.

She began a paraplanner apprenticeship, which was funded by the business and went on to assist financial planners with researching, analysing and preparing financial reports for clients.

Hannah chose the apprenticeship route because she really enjoyed maths and wanted to learn more about wealth management.

She said: “Before joining MHA Tait Walker, I was at Newcastle College where I’d been looking for an apprenticeship. I was studying history and English A-levels.

“When I took the role, I was ready to learn new skills and I have been able to really develop here and build on my portfolio in the past year.

“The apprenticeship set me up really well for what I do on a daily basis. I am really lucky to work with a great team of people who are passionate about what they do, and I have been able to pick their brains to further my own knowledge.”

Since they started at MHA Tait Walker, the apprentices have all quickly taken responsibility within the wealth management team for everything from scanning and assigning post to advisers to chasing and reconciling banking and writing and issuing policy documents.

Sarah Gilby, a senior manager in the wealth management team at MHA Tait Walker, said: “We are delighted to invest in apprenticeships and actively support members of the team on their chosen career path.

“Their passion for the job and desire to learn has enabled them all to build trust within the business and with our growing customer base too.

Mark Parkinson, wealth management partner at MHA Tait Walker, added: “Since starting at MHA Tait Walker, our apprentices have made considerable progress and they are a great asset to our firm. Their willingness to go the extra mile is second-to-none. We will definitely be looking to taking on an additional apprentice this year.”