Five new trainees have taken their first steps to a successful career in accountancy at chartered accountants Clement Keys.

The new intake for 2012 includes graduates, A-level students and an MSc student.

“Bringing in new trainees every year is an important part of our growth strategy,” says partner Shona Cutler. “We are dedicated to ensuring our staff levels allow our clients to receive the personal service that they expect from Clement Keys.

“Our trainees come from a variety of backgrounds but all have been chosen because of the potential they have shown to excel. They will follow a three-year training programme and work towards gaining professional qualifications whilst gaining important practical experience across a range of different departments.”

James Capel, Michael Skerritt and Jack Robinson are graduate trainees. Mr Capel graduated with an MSc in Economics from the University of Glasgow, Mr Skerritt is an economics graduate who graduated from the University of Manchester and Mr Robinson who undertook a summer placement with Clement Keys last year has a BSc in accounting and finance from Warwick University.

Laura Cunningham and Ben Sheldon are A level trainees who will study for the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualification. Ms Cunningham recently completed A-levels at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School and Mr Sheldon undertook A-levels at King Edward VI Five Ways Sixth Form.