Training

Learning is an integral part of Dodd & Co Limited. We are passionate about training and developing our team in the skills, knowledge and attitudes we need to support our success, in turn realising the full potential of each individual employee.

We also love to share our knowledge with anyone who wants to listen. We are keen to zap the myth that accountancy is boring and are well known in the business world for our seminar presentations covering everything from business start up, bookkeeping skills and Sage accountancy to our specialist areas, particularly topics relating to medical finance.

One of the key ways we encourage the individual development of technical knowledge is through supporting studies leading to a range of professional qualifications. Our tax and accounts staff typically have either a recognised professional qualification, or over 15 years experience in the job.  We are proud that the majority of our ACA staff working here at Dodd & Co were trained in house.

For our team, training starts on day one with the company induction “The Doddie Way”. New starters are given the “know how” to help them settle in quickly and to feel a part of the team. Everyone is assigned a training “buddy”, someone who is always on hand to help.

Our “Doddie Day” builds on the “Doddie Way”. We take time out to really get to grips with the ethos of Dodd & Co Limited and key skills behind our success. Emphasis is on soft skills – we cannot ignore the need for technical expertise but the right work ethics, communication skills, client care, and teamwork are equally important in setting us apart.

Career progression is punctuated by Doddie Development Workshops designed to ensure that progression to supervisory or management roles is supported with a “kit bag” of the soft skills required to deal confidently and competently with new responsibilities and new situations.

“Pow wows” are regularly held open forums focusing on the firm. They give everyone the opportunity to have an input and helps us to ensure we all “swim” in the same direction.

IIP LogoWe are recognised by a number of professional bodies as an employer who provides excellent training.  We are an approved training office for the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales), we have accredited employer status with the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and have the Investor in People (IIP) award.

As a registered training firm for the ICAEW we have Chartered Accountant Status.  The ICAEW carry out regular reviews of all the firms who are authorised to train ACA students, and have in April 2014 completed the latest review visit for Dodd & Co.

We are delighted to have received a glowing report from the Institute and renewal of our training authorisation has been confirmed.  The ICAEW training manager who carried out the review commended us on “our commitment to ACA training and also on our formalised approach for all staff towards all types of personal and professional development”.

Another of our achievements is our ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) approved employer status.  We have platinum approval for trainee development in recognition of the high standard of training and support that we provide and we are also an ACCA approved employer for professional development.  We have been an ACCA approved employer for more than 10 years, with renewal required every three years to ensure that standards are maintained.

 

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I have been with Dodd & Co since I started my business in 2004 and have always been impressed with their professional, yet friendly service. They are calm, organised and have a great manner. My business is only small, but I still feel important and they always try to help me get the most out of my finances. As Market Sense has developed I have come to really value and rely on their input – they take the pain and hassle away from the VAT and HMRC and they have given me great advice on developing for the future. I have referred clients who are also very pleased with the service – and the afternoon tea at Penrith Show is much appreciated!
-- Tracey Errington