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Callum Morton and Zach Bunce, Optimum apprentices

Apprentices add up at Optimum

Two young accountancy and audit apprentices are celebrating after completing their next step to chartered accountancy status, at Swindon-based Optimum Professional Services.

Callum Morton and Zach Bunce both joined Optimum in October 2020, and have just passed their Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) exams.

“We’re really happy to have passed our exams and have got our AAT qualifications at the same time,” said Zach. “We’re working on client accounts, some corporation tax, some auditing and management accounts, and very much enjoying it.”

Before joining Optimum as an apprentice, Zach had been working in financial services and wealth management. Callum had been in customer service and retail roles.

Callum said: “I had done my Level 2 accountancy at college and was quite good at maths, so I decided to change careers. Everyone at Optimum has been very supportive and they are a great team to work with. We’d definitely recommend apprenticeships as a way to get into the profession.”

Optimum is taking on two new AAT apprentices this summer.

Tracey Heath, Optimum’s Operations Director, said: “We’re very proud of Zach and Callum for achieving their AAT qualification and wish them luck in the next stage of their careers. They are a fantastic addition to the team, and it’s great to support talented young people into the profession.”

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