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

Adur Worthing

Adur District Council - Trainee Accountant

Job details

Job title: Trainee Accountant (post 42694)

Location: Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing

Salary: £18,070 – £22,658 depending on qualifications and experience

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 25 August 2017

Interview/assessment dates: 1 September 2017

Starting date: To be agreed

About the organisation

Adur District Council is a local authority which is situated on the South coast. It works in partnership with Worthing Borough Council delivering services to the public.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting the principal accountant at all times by inputting information into the financial management system, raising and working on Excel spreadsheets. 
  • To assist the principal accountant in the preparation of the Revenue Budget for specified services.
  • To assist the principal accountant in the production of regular financial monitoring reports to members and departments.
  • To assist in the preparation of the final accounts of specified services.
  • To reconcile assigned control accounts.
  • To produce information as specified in Freedom of Information request.
  • To assist in team administration.
  • To provide cover for the treasury management team, if required.

Knowledge and experience

  • Highly numerate.
  • Good standard of basic accountancy principles.
  • Be well organised with the ability to adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to create and manipulate data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to demonstrate good interpersonal skills in order to persuade budget holders to take action.
  • Ability todemonstrate diplomacy when suggesting a way forward in such a way that it is taken on board.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Be well organised with the ability to adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to create and manipulate data.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Reliable, honest and dependable.
  • Able to adapt and accept changes in work pressures.

Minimum entry requirements

  • GCSE or equivalent in English and Mathematics.
  • Degree 2:2 or above OR AAT level 3/4 or part qualified with a professional accountancy body.
  • Seeking to work towards membership of CIPFA.

Interview/assessment dates

1 September 2017

How to apply

Application can be made via the council website or jobsgopublic

Key contacts

Marie Maskell – Group Accountant, E:
Donna Lock – Principal Accountant, E:
Emma Thomas - Chief Accountant, E:

Apply now

Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council - Trainee Professional Accountant

Job details

Job title: Trainee Professional Accountant

Location: Leeds

Salary: £20,661 – £30,153

Number of vacancies: Three

Application closing date: 12 October 2017

Starting date: 2 January 2018

About the organisation

Leeds City Council is the second largest metropolitan local authority in the county. We have training opportunities for individuals with a strong interest in the provision of public sector finance, accountancy and audit who are keen to join an innovative, forward thinking service. 

We are looking for high calibre applicants with the people skills, technical ability and a record of academic success to reach the highest levels within our organisation. We want only those with the ambition to reach the top of the finance profession.

Trainees will move around the various finance sections in accordance with a three year training programme.  The programme will enable trainees to acquire relevant work experience in the areas set out by CIPFA in their training requirements.  Trainees will attend day release study, and take the examinations every six months as they progress towards the CIPFA qualification. Progression through the career grade will depend on examination success, and demonstrating competence in meeting the progression criteria at each grade.

We offer sponsorship of training costs and a generous study leave allowance for the CIPFA professional accountancy qualification. We are recognised by CIPFA as a ‘Best Practice Employer’.

Organisation culture/environment

The post will be located in Leeds City Centre or elsewhere within the Leeds Metropolitan District boundary.

Key responsibilities

  • To study and complete the CIPFA accountancy qualification.
  • Complete work placements in audit, a departmental finance team and central finance as well as other shorter placements in specialist service areas.
  • Assist in the provision of the financial management function for a specific service, supporting the provision of financial advice to a specific service manager. 
  • To assist in the provision of the financial management function for a specific service, supporting the provision of financial advice to a specific service manager.
  • To meet with budget holders on a regular basis providing financial support and ensuring they undertake their budgeting and accounting duties.
  • To maintain financial systems for recording income and expenditure.
  • Assisting with annual financial processes including the preparation of budgets and year end accounts.
  • Take decisions using your initiative, resulting in improved service delivery.
  • Assist senior managers in managing the performance of the finance function within a directorate to ensure the delivery of service outcomes.
  • Producing financial reports which may include written summaries adding value to the financial information.
  • Liaison with budget holders and other officers including assisting them with queries of a routine financial nature in relation to their budget, budget monitoring and year end accounts.

Minimum entry requirements

Applicants must have a degree (minimum 2.1) or a Masters degree (gained through further study or research) plus Mathematics and English GCSE grade C or equivalent.

Interview/assessment dates

30 October – 10 November 2017.

How to apply

Job information and an application form can be downloaded here, or alternatively, please contact the council’s recruitment service on T: 0113 37 85165.

For an informal discussion about the role you can contact Steven Neill on T: 0113 37 83568 or by email E: Please do not call/email this number for an application form.

Key contacts

Steven Neill
T: 0113 37 83568 


LGSS - Financial Management Graduate 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: 3 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

20 to 30 November 2017.

Key contact

Emily Taylor

T: 07824 865205


Apply now

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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.

Leeds City Council

Sheffield City Council - CIPFA Graduate Trainee

Job details

Job title: CIPFA Graduate Trainee

Location: Moorfoot Building, Sheffield

Salary: Starting salary of pay scale point 27 (currently £24,174), to pay scale point 29 (currently £25,951)

Number of vacancies: Three

Application closing date: 27 September 2017

Interview/assessment dates: Week commencing 30 October 2017 - initial selection centre and final interviews

Starting date: 4 December 2017, subject to references, etc

About the organisation

Sheffield City Council is looking for three graduates to join its finance and commercial team, to provide efficient and effective support to the service’s internal and external customers. 
The council is offering a three-year fully-funded development programme, leading to professional qualification through CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. It will be on a three-year fixed term contract, with the potential to progress within the organisation on successful completion of the qualification.

The ideal candidate for this role 

  • Someone who will be graduating shortly, or a recent graduate, who wants to make   a valuable contribution in the public sector, and who is seeking a fulfilling and challenging career in local government finance. 
  • Someone with commercial experience looking to further develop or specialise in financial or accountancy practice.  
We are looking for someone who displays the following qualities:

  • Capable of producing a high standard of work in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Able to work with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Able to handle the pressure of juggling work whilst studying to become a chartered public sector financial accountant.
  • Commercially and politically aware.

Key Responsibilities

The role will require the successful trainee to commit to studying for the CIPFA qualification, alongside work responsibilities within the service, providing support for a defined area of work. These may include involvement in:

  • advice and information
  • financial management accounting
  • capital programme
  • project advice and control
  • procurement and supply chain
  • internal audit
  • engaging in a culture of continuous improvement across the service.

Minimum entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree of 2:1 or above preferred (a 2:2 degree would be considered for outstanding candidates), three A Levels grades A-C in any subject, GCSE grades A-C in Maths and English.

Interview/assessment dates

Week commencing 30 October 2017: initial selection centre and final interviews. 

The selection process is likely to include:

  • verbal and numerical reasoning tests
  • a written test
  • a presentation on a given subject
  • a panel interview.

How to apply

The role profile and application documents can be found on the Sheffield City Council Jobs Website. Please complete them and email E: quoting reference 700659.

For informal queries about working in the Council, contact: or

For information about the CIPFA professional qualification route, please see the CIPFA website.

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Wealden District Council - Graduate Trainee Business Support Accountant

Job details

Job title: Graduate Trainee Business Support Accountant -Post no S4103

Location: Council Offices, Hailsham

Salary: £20,031 to £23,997 p.a.

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 6th September 2017

Interview/assessment dates: 14 September 2017

Starting date: To be agreed

About the organisation

Wealden District Council is looking to train you to be the next generation of public sector financial manager. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) professional qualification can take you as high and as far as you want to go, as fast as you like. With built-in leadership training you can quickly scale the heights of any organisation and make a real and lasting difference.

Wealden is a large rural district council located in a stunning area of the South East of England reaching from the south coast either side of Eastbourne and the South Downs National Park up to the High Weald and Ashdown Forest along the borders of Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead in the north.

We will support you to study for the CIPFA professional qualification, with the payment of course fees, day release to attend college and leave to study for exams. More information on the qualification is available here. We plan to access the CIPFA Level 7 Professional Accountancy qualification through an Apprenticeship Standard route, provided CIPFA achieve the relevant accreditation. However, we will sponsor this qualification outside of the apprenticeship route if this is not possible.

Key Responsibilities

To provide financial business support in a developing trainee role, including assisting in the production of management accounts, budgets and the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy, final accounts, revenue and capital costings, getting involved in projects across the organisation.

To train to achieve the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy professional qualification, ideally accessed through the Level 7 Professional Accountant Apprenticeship Standard.

Minimum entry requirements

 At least a 2:2 degree in any subject


• Support to study for the CIPFA professional qualification, with the payment of course fees, day release to attend college and leave to study for exams.

• An excellent package, including competitive salary, career average salary pension scheme, an employee benefit scheme offering a range of discounts and salary sacrifice schemes, flexitime and discounted leisure centre membership.

• On completion of training and achievement of the relevant milestones, this post will be eligible for appointment to the permanent position of Business Support Accountant with a salary range in excess of £30,000.

Interview/assessment dates

14 September 2017

How to apply

All applicants must complete an application form. CV's will not be accepted. The attached link provides access to the application forms, job adverts, job description and person specification

Key contacts

Susie Allen, Principal Accountant, tel 01323 443233, email:

Gillian Taberner, Finance Manager, tel 01323 443231, email:

Apply now

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