Ten school leavers and university graduates have started client work with Deloitte in Guernsey as they commence training contracts with the firm.

The new trainees come from a broad range of academic specialisms, from Politics and Economics to Biochemistry and Education Studies.

The trainees include Guernsey school leaver Joely Culverwell, who studied Business Studies, Philosophy and Ethics and Film Studies at A-level and an additional Certificate in Financial Studies at the Grammar School. She joins Deloitte’s ‘earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship’ – the Brightstart programme.

Local graduate Jack Mancini also joins, having studied History at the University of Aberdeen.

A further eight trainees are relocating to Guernsey. Beth Allen from Bristol read Accounting and Economics; and Tom Langton from near Ascot, who also read Economics, will be joining from Cardiff University and the University of Sussex respectively.

Vivien Nemeth from Hungary, who studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen; Matthew Rolls from Wimbledon, who read History at the University of Exeter; and Rosemary Couldridge from Sark, who studied Education Studies at Oxford Brookes University, will be joining them to make up this year’s audit graduates.

The tax graduates include James Dickinson from Liverpool, who read Politics at Durham University (BA) and Philosophy at the University College London (MA); and Oblie Botchway from London, who studied as an undergraduate in Biochemistry at Imperial College before going on to study for a Graduate Diploma in Law.

Completing the group, and also joining Deloitte’s Brightstart programme, is Ed Carter, who attended The Leys Cambridge and studied Economics, Business Studies and Music at A-level.

Jo Huxtable, Partner leading recruitment, comments: ‘This year we had an incredibly high calibre of applicants and the diversity of our new joiners reflects Deloitte’s contextualised recruitment approach.

‘In addition, Deloitte’s training routes are designed to meet the individual study styles, maturity and experience of our college and graduate trainees and our programmes can flex as they progress, according to their needs. We are very supportive of our young people and we look forward to seeing them develop and grow over the coming months and years.’

All trainees complete a month of office and college-based learning to give them essential knowledge and skills. This initial training course ensures that the students settle into the business and build strong relationships with their mentors, appraisers and buddies before commencing client work.

‘We want to give our people the best possible start to their career with Deloitte and as well as investing in their training and development we expose them to the diverse opportunities that a career in the Channel Islands offers,’ says John Clacy, Deloitte Channel Islands Lead Partner.