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

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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

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NHS Wales

Job details

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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Wychavon District Council - Trainee Accountant

Location: Pershore, Worcestershire

Vacancies: 1

Salary: Career Grade in the range Grade 5 to Grade 8, £18,560 to £29,854

Closing date: 23rd October 2016

Interview date: 2nd November 2016

Start Date: As soon as possible but no later than December 2016

Details of the organisation

Wychavon District Council is a Local Authority which covers a significant part of the county of Worcestershire, providing services to around 119,000 residents in the 3 towns of Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich and nearly 100 hamlets and villages including Broadway, the gateway to the Cotswolds. 

The Council shares a Chief Executive with Malvern Hills District Council and is involved in many shared services and joint working arrangements with Malvern Hills and other councils. Some services are delivered by the Council’s 263 staff and others through partnerships with companies such as Civica, that provide our Revenues and Benefits service, Wychavon Leisure, that run our leisure centres, and FCC, that provide our waste collection and recycling service. 

The Financial Services team provides a valuable support service to all areas of the council and the work of the team includes budgeting, budget monitoring, accounting and treasury management as well as procurement, payment of all the Council’s invoices and collection of all debts apart from Council Tax and Business Rates. The Council’s net expenditure on services each year is about £12m, although its gross expenditure is in the region of £50m+. Over the years Wychavon District Council has won many awards for the services it provides, its customer services and its innovation and is widely recognised as a good example of a progressive and efficient Council.

About the role

The training programme will incorporate a range of technical and managerial skills, including financial and management accounting, auditing, leadership, management, governance and public policy. The postholder will gain practical experience from working on a variety of projects to ensure that all of these areas are covered.


CIPFA qualification training and examinations paid for, Membership of Local Government Pension Scheme, Subsidised Gym Membership, On site parking, Café, Subsidised Creche, 25 days annual leave, flexible working

Minimum entry requirements

Degree or AAT Level 4 qualification and at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language 

Interview assessment dates

2nd November 2016

How to apply

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

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