CIPFA's Graduate Trainee Scheme - work with leading public sector employers whilst 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

Government Internal Audit Agency - Trainee Internal Auditor

Location: GIAA operates in locations around the UK. The location of the post will be flexible and travel for study or work assignments may be required

Vacancies: Multiple

Salary: £25,420 to £41,997 depending on location and experience

Closing date: 20th November 2016

Interview date: 12th December 2016

Start Date: Flexible

Details of the organisation

The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) was established as an Executive Agency of HM Treasury on 1 April 2015, and is the specialist provider of internal audit and counter fraud and investigation services to central government.

Our vision is to be the primary, trusted and expert provider of consistent, high quality audit, assurance and counter fraud services across government that are valued by our customers and recognised as a catalyst for improvement. Our Service is one in which the most talented want to work and are proud to say they have worked.

More detail about the Agency can be found at

About the role

Main responsibilities/deliverables of post

  • Work independently or within a team to successfully deliver audit assignments and advisory reviews
  • Assisting and leading the planning of audit programmes, reviewing the key risks and priorities of customers and discussing their needs for risk management and governance interviewing people from across the customer base about their work and their activities
  • Recommend practical cost effective actions for improving risk management and internal controls
  • Draft and agree audit reports with the audit manager and the customer
  • Contribute to the development of the Agency, participate in work groups, team meetings, improvement of how we do things in a new organisation.

Minimum entry requirements

We are seeking graduates with an honours degrees or with equivalent qualifications or experience. Applicants need to have CIPFA entry level requirements, which are a minimum of three GCSEs (grades A-C) and two A-levels (grade A-C), or recognised equivalents. Subjects must include Mathematics and English at either level. Trainees will be supported to attain accountancy professional qualifications.

You also need to be able to work in the UK/EU without the need for visa sponsorship.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  1. A genuine interest in developing a career within central government
  2. Evidence that you can follow and complete a demanding but rewarding course of study, while also developing your skills in the workplace, putting studies into practice on a daily basis
  3. Ability to work independently and show initiative, while also acting as a key member of a team and working together to deliver deadlines and priorities.

Interview assessment dates

To apply for this post, you should complete a three part anonymised application form and submit it to, quoting the job reference number (and, if applicable, the Civil Service Jobs reference number) in your e-mail.

As part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undertake online verbal and numerical psychometric tests and to attend an assessment centre at a convenient location (London, Manchester or Birmingham). It should be noted that candidates should ensure they are available to attend an Assessment Centre which will take place w/c 12th December 2016.
Should you not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current GIAA member of staff, we will require a copy of your passport confirming proof of both your nationality and your identity, and a copy of a utility bill confirming your proof of address. Please note, your passport must be in date and valid, and the utility bill must have been issued within the last six months. We will also need to see notification from DWP of your National Insurance number.

Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.

How to apply

Click here to find further details including a job description and person specification and an application form.

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Mazars - Internal Audit Trainee

Location: London

Vacancies: Up to 5

Salary: Competitive plus benefits

Start Date: September 2017

Details of the organisation

We are an internationally integrated, transparent and independent organisation specialising in audit, tax, and advisory services. Mazars has a global presence in 77 countries with over 17,000 professionals. In the UK, we operate from 20 offices with over 1,600 professionals.

The more we grow as individuals, the more Mazars grows.

Mazars is all about people – we believe that each individual makes a difference to the Mazars culture. As an international firm with strong European roots, we are a melting pot of different cultures and disciplines. Diversity is one of our main strengths.

Our firm has thrived because of the quality of our individuals – the work we do makes a long-term difference to our clients’ successes and goals. With a global network of offices, we continue to encourage our people to express themselves openly – to add their individual talents and opinions to the Mazars mosaic.

We all work within a culture of high support and high challenge at Mazars. We are not afraid to take on new and greater responsibilities. But we do this through encouragement – not pressure and competition.

About the role

As an Internal Audit Trainee you will be supporting the Governance Risk and Internal Controls (GRIC) team working with a broad range of clients covering both public and private sectors. 

By providing an unbiased and objective view to the highest level, ie senior managers and governors, your role will be supporting the Internal Audit team in providing clients with independent assurance with regards to the effectiveness of the organisation’s risk management, governance and internal control processes.

Your time will be split between working at client premises, working in the office and studying for your professional exams.

Job role

As an Internal Audit Trainee, your typical daily duties will include:
  • Assist with the planning of internal audit work programmes.
  • Perform internal audit fieldwork, reviewing exposure to risk and the effectiveness of the controls in place to mitigate risks.
  • Recommend improvements to systems and controls based on observations and best practice.
  • Prepare internal audit reports which present audit findings in a clear, concise manner.
  • Assist on other special assignments as appropriate (eg fraud investigations, effectiveness reviews).
  • Ensure sound knowledge of a client and its industry by researching background information and useful publications.
  • Build client relationships.
  • Communicate with the client and the Internal Audit Team on any issues or findings.
  • Develop and apply technical knowledge gained from studies and on the job experience.
  • Have an awareness of the various services provided by Mazars.
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with clients both during the on-site audit and during all communications.
  • Attend training courses as required.
  • Ensure time-sheets are completed on a weekly basis.

Study support

Graduates: We will fund for you to study towards the IIA qualification. We will offer ACCA or CIPFA study support to a small number of trainees, depending on relevant qualifications and experience. 

School leavers: We will fund for you to study towards the AAT qualification followed by the IIA qualification. 

You will receive a full study package and time off to study and attend college. Your professional qualification is only part of the story; we support all of our trainees with a blended approach to training and development including classroom study, 1:1 coaching, and skills training to enable you to progress to management and leadership positions.

We also operate a number of in-house training courses which will give you the technical insight to keep up with changes in legislation and case law, both in the UK and worldwide.

You will be given a mentor and an appraising manager to keep your career and aspirations on track.

Person specifications and academic requirements

We are looking for people who bring something special to the firm and who also have some distinctive qualities. We want driven people who think creatively about their work, embrace challenges and can resolve complex problems. 

  • demonstrates strong analytical and research skills 
  • takes ownership of assigned tasks and adopts a pro-active approach
  • ability to organise and prioritise workload
  • produces accurate and timely work
  • participates in meetings, providing information and ideas with clarity and persuasiveness 
  • ability to build relationships
  • respects differences in people and values diversity of ideas 
  • applies active listening skills – asks questions when necessary but makes basic assumptions when appropriate
  • actively seeks to enhance own expertise and knowledge
  • demonstrates drive and commitment to self-development 
  • professional approach to work and clients ie professional appearance, respect for individuals, and ethical conduct.

Academic requirements

2.2 or above in any degree discipline.

Minimum of 240 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best three A Levels and excluding General Studies).

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths. 

Academic requirements – school leavers

Minimum of 240 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best three A Levels and excluding General Studies).

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths. 

If there were extenuating/exceptional circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

How to apply

Please apply online.

Application closing date: 20 November 2016

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.

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Vale of Glamorgan Council - Trainee Accountant

Location: Vale of Glamorgan

Salary: £17,547

Start Date: January 2017

Application closing date: 8th December 2016 - 5pm

Details of the Organisation

The Vale of Glamorgan Council serves one of Wales’ most diverse local authority areas. It contains areas that are attractive, vibrant and thriving. Much of the county is characterised by rolling countryside, coastal communities, seaside resorts, busy market towns and rural villages. The area also benefits from good road
and rail links and Cardiff Airport, the national airport for Wales.

The area’s distinctive and unique character is one which the Council is working hard to protect and where possible enhance. There are however areas of poverty and deprivation and the Council is working with local communities and other partners to ensure that the needs of different communities are understood and are met, so that all citizens can look forward to a bright future.

About the role

To assist in the provision of financial, systems, accountancy and audit services and to study for the CIPFA professional accountancy qualification

Minimum entry requirements

Relevant Degree or Full AAT qualification

Interview / Assessment date

 December 2016


Gemma Jones 01446 709152

How to apply

An application form can be found on the Vale of Glamorgan Website

Download application pack

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