CIPFA Training Placement Scheme - Nurturing the next generation of finance professionals

Our 12-month scheme provides an opportunity for organisations to train and develop talented individuals to start a career in public finance and accountancy. The trainees will be placed with our partner employers to learn on-the-job and gain valuable skills from mentors across the organisation. In addition, they will study the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 4 Diploma one-day a week.

CIPFA and the Apprenticeship Levy 

From April 2017, the new Apprenticeship Levy in England will provide wider opportunities for employers to train finance and accountancy trainees, from technicians through to professional levels.

CIPFA is at the forefront of these initiatives and we're ready to support you as you develop your finance and accountancy training strategy under the new system. Please come and find out how CIPFA can support your organisation.

Already registered

If you're a trainee or an employer of a trainee, you can login to access the portal and view key documents relating to the scheme.

Current vacancies

Audit Scotland

Key facts

Location: Edinburgh

Duration: 12-month fixed-term contract

Salary: £8.45 per hour, 37 hours

Start Date: Mid October 2017

Are you looking to start a finance/accountancy career with great prospects? 

If so, the CIPFA Training Placement Scheme is an opportunity not to be missed! We employ a number of trainees who are placed with our Employer Partners across the UK.

Audit Scotland currently has 2 Trainee Auditor vacancies available.

About the Organisation

We are Scotland’s public sector auditor and independent of Government. We employ around 280 talented professionals who know that their work helps ensure the efficient and effective delivery of public services across Scotland. We believe that public money (around £37.5bn) should be spent wisely to make the lives of Scotland’s people the very best it can be.

Above all, we support public scrutiny that is fair, equal and open, and that leads to better financial management and value for money.

It is important work and we are looking for talented trainees to help us continue it. We are offering a one year placement in partnership with CIPFA during which time you would complete the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) level 4 qualification alongside your work. At the end of the placement, there will be the possibility of joining the Audit Scotland graduate scheme.


We are looking for people who are excited about our work and if you have the following skills and qualifications we would love to hear from you:-

  • Have achieved or are expected to achieve a B+ or above English and Maths Higher by summer 2017 (any job offer would be conditional on achieving the required results)
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self awareness and confidence to work using initiative
  • Ability to think laterally and creatively
  • Disciplined and organised with good project management skills

Successful candidates will be subject to a basic CRB check as part of Audit Scotland’s standard pre-employment screening process.

Closing date: 24 June 2017
Interview/Assessment Dates: July 2017

Key Contacts
Morgan Kingston, Senior Auditor
Debi Chisholm, HR Consultant


To apply you must complete the online application form.