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


Graduate Trainee - Financial Management/Internal Audit

Job details

Job title: Graduate Finance Trainee

Location: Cambridge, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Norwich

Salary: £22,000 to £30,000 with progression linked to exam and work performance

Number of vacancies: Four to six across both streams

Application closing date: 19 February 2018

Starting date: August 2018

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 1,400 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, while 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 three years.

Key responsibilities 

Successful applicants will enter either the Financial Management stream, based in Cambridge, or the Internal Audit stream, which has jobs available in Cambridge, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Norwich and the Leicestershire area.

Financial Management stream

Over a three year period, you will undertake placements in service finance, corporate finance and internal audit, on a 12-month rotation cycle. Each placement will provide you with a varied mix of day-to-day work and key projects, supporting the needs of your CIPFA studies and your development as a public sector finance professional. Opportunities include:

  • supporting a selection of budget managers, providing professional financial advice to maximise their service delivery 
  • supporting services through budget setting and monitoring, and advising on resource allocation and savings proposals
  • gaining a knowledge of technical accounting and working across Public Sector organisations
  • developing, completing and reporting on your own Internal Audit assignments to analyse and improve the Council’s control environment.

Internal Audit stream

Trainees will remain based in the Audit team, supporting the service in providing independent assurance on the effectiveness of the organisation’s risk management, governance and internal control processes. You will work closely with management to recommend and agree improvements to systems based on your own work, which will include a wide range of assignments across financial audit, contract audit, project management, IT audit and work in social care and fraud investigations. You will also have opportunities to specialise and to work outside of your primary client base, expanding your skillset by undertaking audit work across our audit clients including schools as well as County, District and City councils.

Minimum entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline, three Bs (300 UCAS points) at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) and A* to 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.

Interview/assessment dates

Assessment Centre – 19 March 2018
Final interviews – early April 2018

How to apply

Apply online on the PublicSectorJobsEast website.

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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:

Finance the future

Society of London Treasurers

Job details

Organisation: Society of London Treasurers (SLT)

Job title: Local Government Graduate Finance Trainee 

Location: Pan London Boroughs 

Start date: Flexible from May 2018

Application closing date: 26 February 2018

Salary: Competitive, with progression linked to exam and work performance

About the scheme

This is a bespoke rotational scheme, which will give you exposure to every element of public finance whilst attached to a specific local authority or other public service. The scheme has been carefully designed to maximise your potential with work varying from key corporate processes to advising senior management and working on challenging project initiatives. 

You will also be sponsored to study for the unique and prestigious CIPFA Professional Qualification. 

This is more than just a way to achieve a great qualification and be paid to do it though. Being chosen for the scheme will allow you to influence key decisions that matter to communities, enhancing people’s lives.

Key responsibilities 

Your work will include but not be limited to: budget preparation and monitoring, payroll, pensions, treasury, systems, internal audit and accounting. 


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 three years.

As well as:

  • Excellent packages including competitive salaries, local government/public service pension schemes and generous holidays.
  • Flexible working environment, including a great work/life balance ethic. 
  • Flexible start dates from May 2018 for successful applicants.

Minimum entry requirements

  • Have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of a 2:2 (from any degree background).
  • Have GCSE’s (or equivalent) in Maths and English (Grade C or above). 
  • Demonstrate strong numeric, written, oral and presentation skills. 
  • Be computer literate. 
  • Practice first-class time management skills. 
Your formal qualifications aren’t the most important requirement though - your drive to succeed and desire to make a difference is. We want people who aren’t afraid of taking on a challenge, we want people who know they can make communities better and we want people who care about their public sector colleagues and the work they are doing. 

Interview/Assessment dates

Assessment Centre – TBC 2018
Final interviews – TBC 2018

Number of vacancies


How to apply

Visit the Finance the Future website

T: 01635 584143


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