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


LGSS - Graduate Finance Trainee

Job details

Job title: Graduate Finance Trainee

Location: Northampton

Salary: £21,260 - £28,340 over the course of the programme dependent upon exam success and performance

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 30 November 2017

Starting date: January 2018

About the orgnisation

LGSS is a shared service jointly owned by Cambridgeshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council. LGSS was established in October 2010 through the merger of the corporate services operations of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils into a single, shared service providing all professional, transactional and operational services to both organisations. In addition from 1st April 2016 Milton Keynes Council became a full legal partner with LGSS with representation on the Joint Committee. 

LGSS has a business ethos based on being '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, so it operates on a ‘not for profit’ basis whereby all efficiency savings stay within the public sector. This allows LGSS to operate as a genuine trusted partner when compared to private sector based partnership alternatives. 

For more information about LGSS visit its website.

Organisation culture/environment

We are currently recruiting for a graduate finance trainee to be based predominantly in Northamptonshire County Council at our exciting new public sector headquarters at One Angel Square, Northampton.

For more information about Northamptonshire County Council visit its website.


  • A funded professional accountancy training package (CIPFA).
  • Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Generous leave allowance.
  • Dedicated mentoring, support and training from our experienced team of finance professionals.

Key responsibilities 

  • To study for, and achieve success in, the CIPFA Professional Finance qualification. The Financial Management Trainee Handbook sets out the requirements and responsibilities for both the employee and employer in that regard.
  • To maintain and keep up-to-date your Practical Experience Portfolio (PEP), a requirement of the CIPFA qualification.
  • To undertake a number of placements within the LGSS finance team to fulfil a variety of tasks, in line with the job description and other tasks as necessary to meet the competency requirements of your PEP.
  • To potentially undertake a 12-month placement with one of Northamptonshire’s borough and districts, performing duties in line with this job description.
  • Contribute to team development by providing support to ensure that priorities and objectives are achieved, including contributing towards the overall level of performance and morale.
  • Contribute towards the effective and ongoing implementation of LGSS’s performance appraisal programme within the finance team.
  • Provide support to services and partners to improve their performance through the provision of financial advice relating to planning, control, process and management issues.
  • Provide financial support on obtaining and securing financial resources, on short, medium and long term resource allocation to deliver the best use of resources, including value for money, support reporting on the use of resources and provide financial support on projects.
  • Maintain and develop financial systems and processes.

Knowledge and experience

  • An appreciation of the current challenges facing the public sector.
  • An understanding of local government and/or local government funding.

Skills and abilities

  • The ability to analyse and interpret complex information and communicate the results to others.
  • The ability to work effectively with others within and across teams.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Well-developed IT skills, including effective use of Excel and Word.
  • A proactive approach to work and study.

Interview/assessment dates

14 December 2017.

Key contact

Emily Taylor

T: 07824 865205


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NHS Wales - Wales Financial Management Graduate Scheme 2018

Location: Various locations within Wales

Job title: Wales Financial Management Graduate Scheme 2018  

Number of vacancies: Circa six

Start date: 3 September 2018

Application closing date: 19 November 2017

Salary: Starting salary approx. £21,350 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.


Excellent average salary pension scheme, life assurance.

Key responsibilities

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.

Minimum entry requirements

A 2:2 degree in any subject by July 2018. NHS experience is valued but not essential.

Interview assessment dates

Online tests: December 2017

Assessment Centres: Mid-January 2018

Interviews: Mid-January 2018

How to apply

You can apply online by visiting the NHS jobs website or Finance Academy Wales

Full details of the initial application process (including application form and competency questions via survey), background data and links to more information are given on these sites.

Key contact

Jeni Brown, NHS Wales Finance Academy, E:

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