CIPFA finance trainee schemes – work with leading public sector employers while you study our Professional Qualification

We have some great trainee opportunities available throughout the year for motivated graduates who want to start a rewarding career in public finance and accountancy.

You'll be placed with a leading employer on a three year fixed term contract with full sponsorship to complete the CIPFA Professional Qualification.

Current CIPFA Trainee Vacancies

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Breckland Council - CIPFA Trainee

Job Details

Job title: CIPFA Trainee

Location: Dereham, Norfolk

Salary: Starting salary £17,201
Career grade with progression to £26,439 maximum (subject to exam passes and achieved performance)

Number of vacancies: 1

Application closing date: 31st May 2017 2017

Starting date: July 2017

About the Orgnisation

Breckland Council is a rural authority employing around 300 people across Norfolk in various roles. We are a forward thinking, entrepreneurial and innovative council. We continue to strive for excellence and we deliver great value for money for our residents whilst making the most of huge opportunities for economic growth in our district.

Our track record of excellence and innovation, and for driving efficiencies, has led to the success of our arrangement with South Holland District Council to share a Chief Executive and senior management. This innovation has brought us and South Holland council national recognition.

Organisation culture/environment

We strive for excellence in order to deliver services that local Communities can be proud of. So to make this happen, we need talented and ambitious people who inspire, empower and deliver change all around them.
Our values:
• RESPECT – We include others equally and recognise the strength of our diversity
• INTEGRITY – We are open and honest and trust others to be transparent too
• WORKING TOGETHER – We work in partnership and communicate clearly to ensure consistently positive outcomes for all
• EMPOWER – We support each other to make valued contributions and achieve our full potential

The Council has embraced the Government’s agenda to modernise local government and our approach has been to lead change rather than follow it. We believe that Best Value can only be achieved by developing staff to their full potential and to do this, we provide them with the relevant knowledge, equipment & authority to carry out their duties. We are recognised by Investors in People and as an Employer of Choice.


• Access to Local Government pension scheme
• Free parking
• In return for your commitment to study, full funding & support towards completion of the CIPFA professional qualification over 3 years
• Access to staff discounts and staff benefit schemes (i.e. cycle to work)
• Extensive on the job training throughout the whole centralised finance department
• Long term career prospects

Key responsibilities

Undertake a series of placements and/or projects within the centralised Financial Services department to complement your CIPFA academic studies and gain appropriate financial experience, whilst providing support to the financial services team.

The financial services team covers the following areas:
• Capital and revenue budget setting and monitoring
• Project costings & support
• Annual statement of accounts
• Completion of company accounts for Council owned companies
• VAT returns and advice
• Sales Ledger (including cashiering)
• Purchase ledger & Purchase ordering
• Income management (including bank reconciliations)
• Treasury management
• Systems management and improvements
• Insurances
• Completion of grant claims and statistical returns

Minimum entry requirements

4 GCSE’s grade A-C including Maths & English
2 A-Levels grade A – C (or equivalent NVQ/GNVQ level 3)

Interview/Assessment dates

Interview / Assessment Centre – 15 June 2017

How to apply

Apply on line at

Key contacts

Alison Chubbock
Tel: 01362 656865 or 07967

Apply now


LGSS - Financial Management Graduate Trainee

Job Details

Job title: Financial Management Graduate Trainee.

Location: Cambridge

Salary: £22k - £30k, with progression linked to exam and work performance

Number of vacancies: 1

Application closing date: 20th June 2017

Starting date: September 2017

About the Orgnisation

LGSS is one of the UK’s largest shared services ventures of its kind, jointly owned by Cambridgeshire County Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council. LGSS has a business ethos based on “By the public sector, for the public sector” and operates on an open partnership with a joint risk/reward business model, whereby all savings are shared between LGSS and its customers, operating on a ‘not for profit’ basis whereby all efficiency savings stay within the public sector. After nearly four years in operation LGSS now has over 1400 staff providing services to over 300 public sector customers in our region.

All partners are committed to providing high quality, cost effective public services that reflect the views and wishes of the public they serve.

Organisation culture/environment

Cambridgeshire County Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council have long-established histories of investing in potential talent within the workforce. Cambridgeshire’s graduate programme has been running for over 20 years, whilst all Councils have actively promoted an accelerated learning scheme, supporting existing employees to grow and develop. There are employees at various levels in the organisations who have passed through the scheme. As LGSS expands via its ambitious growth strategy, the opportunities available to, and the need to invest in, talented individuals with the potential to develop and achieve, will only increase.


In return for your commitment to study and development, the Scheme provides full funding and support towards the completion of the CIPFA professional accountancy qualification, over the course of 3 years.

Key responsibilities

In order to produce fully competent, confident and dynamic employees, the scheme is designed and mapped out through a number of placements which encompass the office-based training approach adopted by LGSS. Within a 3 year period you will experience different placements including:
• Working as an integral part of the Financial Advisory team, supporting a selection of budget managers, offering professional advice and informing them of best financial practice and guidance to maximise their service delivery.
• Experience of technical accounting in the newly formed LGSS Closedown team, working across Public Sector organisations.
• Linking your knowledge to regulations through placements in Internal Audit.

Minimum entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline, 3 Bs (300 UCAS points) at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) and A* - C in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE (or equivalent qualification).

We will also consider offers from those able to demonstrate academic ability up to the standard of a 2:1 undergraduate degree.

nterview/Assessment dates

27th or 28th June

How to apply

Apply online on the PublicSectorJobsEast website

Key contacts

Katie Thornley –

Apply now

NHS Leadership Academy

NHS Leadership Academy - NHS Graaduate Finance Management Training Scheme

Location: Locations across England
Job title: NHS Graduate Finance Management Training Scheme
Position type: full-time
Number of vacancies: 100+
Start date: 4 September 2017

Salary: A competitive starting salary of around £23,000 p.a. (plus location allowance where applicable)

About the organisation

The NHS has looked after people across the nation for over 65 years. We’re still going strong, but we’re also going through an unprecedented period of change. The UK population is living longer, our services are needed as much as ever, and we have to achieve efficiency savings of £20 billion over the next few years. It’s a huge challenge, and to help meet it, we’re embracing a more collaborative and supportive approach. And we need to raise the profile, performance and impact of leaders in health.

By joining the multi-award winning NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, you will be developing the skills and confidence you need to lead our organisation through its transformation into an ever more efficient, successful and professional health care service. You'll enjoy mentoring, support and first class training from some of the most brilliant minds in the NHS.


  • Fully financially-supported study package with study leave
  • Extensive on-the-job training and development opportunities
  • NHS pension scheme
  • Entitlement to competitive financial discounts on a range of products and services
  • A wide network of sports and social clubs

Entry Level


Minimum Requirements

At least a 2:2 degree in any subject OR A postgraduate qualification (MBA, Masters, PhD) OR degree level equivalent qualifications that are health or management related

Interview/Assessment Dates

Interview dates from 23rd January 2017 until 10th February 2017

Assessment centre dates from 14th March until 24th March

How to apply

 Go to the NHS Graduate website:

 or find out more at


Twitter: @NHSGradScheme

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NHS Wales - Wales Financial Management Graduate Scheme 2017

Location: Various locations within Wales

Job title: Wales Financial Management Graduate Scheme 2017

Position type: full-time 

Number of vacancies: 8

Start date: 4 September 2017

Salary: Starting salary approx. £21,000 pa with annual increments during training

About us

NHS Wales is responsible for ensuring the 3m people in Wales receive excellent healthcare through its primary and community care services and local and regional hospitals.

If you have a big ambition to work in one of the toughest roles in a modern organisation, are serious about a career in NHS management, and can apply your passion, drive and determination to make a difference then we are interested in you! Individuals can expect a tough, hands-on learning experience, working alongside multi-disciplinary teams, gaining the management skills needed to ultimately improve the health of everyone in Wales.

We are looking for individuals with the talent and drive to improve our patients’ experience, who will learn practical management skills and grow their leadership strengths to earn the reputation of hard-working professionals who deliver results in a complex and fast paced environment.

The level of complexity; unprecedented financial pressures; partnership working across sectors; increased focus on improvement productivity and safety – as well as the rising expectations of patients and technology revolutionising work, requires a new leadership skill shift

Regardless of profession or background the new skill shift will be required by those leading organisations in health and the wider public sector.

 About the role

From day one you will be an integral part of finance teams within NHS Wales, moving around a number of placements which will give you invaluable insight and experience into the day to day challenges, giving you the opportunity to apply your financial, management and leadership skills to a range of challenges.

As a Scheme participant, you can expect first class training and mentorship support. The scheme will stretch you and give you the opportunity to develop your financial management and leadership skills whilst studying for a professional accountancy qualification through an intense development experience, learning to work alongside clinicians and other professionals.

We expect those who successfully complete our three year Financial Management Scheme to apply for a significant financial management job.

We will provide career support and coaching for our emerging leaders to tackle the big challenges in a wide range of finance roles across NHS Wales.

What we are looking for

Minimum entry requirements:  2:2 degree in any subject by July 2017. NHS experience is valued but not essential.

Interview assessment dates

Online tests December 2016

Assessment Centres January 2017

Interviews Mid January 2017

How to apply

You can apply online by visiting or

Full details of the application process, background data and links to more information are given on this site.


Wandsworth - Graduate Finance Trainee

Job Details

Organisation: London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and Wandsworth

Job title:
Graduate Finance Trainee

Location: London

Start Date: September 2015

Application Closing Date: 16th May 2017

Salary: £22,834 - £36,912 plus Performance Related Pay
(Starting salary will depend on previous experience and location, but may be up to £26,000)


  • Generous annual leave and study leave entitlements
  • Eligible for membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Full financial support for CIPFA qualification

Details of Organisation

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth present a unique opportunity to be part of a team who are working together to create a ground-breaking shared staffing structure across both boroughs.

Organisation Culture/Environment

The Resources Directorate is committed to training staff as an investment in the future. As a trainee accountant, you will be supported to study for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) qualification.

The Shared Staffing Arrangement aims to be at the forefront of innovation in local government and the organisation will invest in the development of its staff and ensure the opportunities for progression that only a large organisation can provide.

Key responsibilities

To successfully complete the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) professional qualification.

To undertake a mix of general financial duties and specialist project work within a finance setting, following a work programme which takes into account both CIPFA’s requirements relating to full qualification and the resource needs of the department.

Knowledge and Experience

You will need knowledge and understanding of the key issues affecting local government and local government finance in particular. Also you will need a general understanding of financial management principles and experience of working with figures. You will need experience of working as part of a team as well as on individual projects.

Skills & Abilities

You will need a good appreciation of current ICT and have the ability to apply this to performance of the role. You will need the ability to provide creative solutions to issues and problems and the ability to analyse and interpret financial and non-financial information. In addition you will need the ability to deal with a range of complex areas of work. You will need to demonstrate the ability to present complex issues to individuals or groups, clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.

Personal Style and Behavious

You will need good interpersonal skills to enable you to maintain effective relationships with all levels of staff. You will need to be self motivated with the ability to organise and prioritise your own workload, including studying, as you will be working under pressure to meet deadlines and will need to manage conflicting priorities.

Minimum Entry Requirements

You will be a graduate with at least a 2:1 degree and a minimum of 300 UCAS points relating to three A ‘Level subjects or equivalent.

Interview / Assessment Dates

Interviews will be held between 30 May 2017 and 9 June 2017



Key Contacts

For informal discussions about the Trainee Scheme, please contact Jean Stevenson on 020 8871 6407 or

Apply online at If you have any problems with the online service please contact

Closing date: 16 May 2017

Once complete, please return this form by email.

Apply now

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