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Grant Thornton invests further in data and digital expertise

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP continues its commitment to investing in digital training with the announcement today of a new programme to further enhance the skills of its people in data and digital technology.

The new programme, designed and delivered by BPP Education Group, a leading education provider, covers the key technologies affecting professional services firms and their clients. The key goal is to inform participants about developments in technology, enhance their skills in data analysis, and consider how these technologies will enable them to provide more value and insight to clients.

With digital expertise a growing requirement across the accountancy profession, the new programme will build on the firm’s existing training programmes and make a significant impact on the data and digital skills of qualified professionals in the firm’s audit and tax teams.

Fiona Baldwin, Head of Audit, Grant Thornton UK LLP, said:

“We’re committed to investing in the skills development of our people and ensuring that the services we provide are of the highest quality and relevance to the market. We recognise that digital permeates everything we do and, in order to provide the best quality advice and support, all our advisers need to be digitally savvy and confident in their use of data and new technologies.

“This new training means that everyone in our audit and tax teams, regardless of level, will have a consistent base set of digital skills to improve how they work and drive greater efficiencies in our use of technology across the firm. Building on the success of our trainee ‘digital accountant’ pathway announced last year, and our additional digital training offerings, this programme will ensure that all our people are future fit and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the market and go beyond for our clients.”

Emma McDonough, Head of Technical Learning, Grant Thornton UK LLP, added:

“The launch of this new training initiative with BPP demonstrates the firm’s continued commitment to providing both our people and our clients with the best possible support. It’s an important step which further builds our existing digital capability and keeps us at the forefront in ensuring our people have the necessary data and digital skills to provide quality support to our clients.”

Paul Rowlett, Dean of Schools of Technology and Business Apprenticeships, BPP, said:

“We are very pleased to be working with Grant Thornton on this initiative, building on our long-standing relationship. Our School of Technology provides tremendous expertise in all aspects of technology and its application, and we have a fast-growing portfolio of programmes focusing on the professional services sector. We can therefore offer leading-edge support to Grant Thornton in upskilling their audit and tax staff.”

In addition to this new in-house training, BPP also works closely with Grant Thornton’s expert data teams on an external offering announced earlier this year that delivers Data Technician and Data Analyst Apprenticeships, bringing together BPP’s high quality apprenticeship provision and Grant Thornton’s expert teams in data analytics and assurance.