Thirty new starters have joined a Fylde Coast accountancy from since summer.
The recruitment drive marks a major push in payroll, accountancy and new business as Danbro picks up pace ahead of relocating to showcase quarters Jubilee House, on the edge of Lytham Green, over Christmas.
The Blackpool-based company which specialises in freelancers and contractors as well as traditional accountancy and financial services expects to double its workforce within three to five years of moving into 66,000 sq ft of office space within the former Land Registry centre in the New Year.
A spokesman for the company said the key incentive for young people is the chance to earn and learn – and follow a defined career path.
They are choosing to avoid student debt and seek modern apprenticeships or other opportunities.
Danbro’s new starters include Daniel Gregg, 21, of Freckleton, who dropped out of Manchester University after realising his chosen career petroleum engineering simply “didn’t click” with him.
He worked in Blackpool’s hospitality industry to “get some money in and give myself time to think” and spotted the Danbro recruitment banner when his mum drove past Jubilee House.
He said: “You only have to see the building to realise Danbro is a major player.
“I looked into Danbro’s story and can’t believe how far they have come. There’s even a London office – it shows the potential.”
Now a junior team technician on payroll Daniel added: “The wages are so much better than standard apprenticeship rates or what I expected so I can maybe think of getting a car or a flat – and do that while getting a qualification. I’ve been given a second chance of a really great career.”
Scarlett Spencer, 18, opted out of going to university after studying finance, business and law at Blackpool Sixth Form. She is now a junior accounting assistant.
She said: “University meant everything to my friends – but for me it meant a load of debt I didn’t want and no experience of working life. It didn’t interest me. I think the recession changed attitudes because people were under pressure to go to uni, and leave with a load of debt and the same qualifications I can get here - just by learning while I am learning. ”
Slavomira Perry-Jasanova, 29, a junior technician in payroll, has had more of a rollercoaster ride. She previously worked as a ride operator at Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. “I enjoyed the work but it wasn’t going anywhere for me. I work in payroll. It’s great. I don’t think people realise it’s just as important as accountancy.”
Company co-founder Helen Broughton, director of people and standards, concludes: “The right mind set is more important to us than the right skill set when we’re recruiting. We look for people who are the right fit for Danbro.”