CIPFA finance trainee schemes - 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


LGSS - Financial Management Graduate Trainee

Job Details

Job title: Financial Management Graduate Trainee.

Location: Cambridge

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

Number of vacancies: 1

Application closing date: 5th March 2017

Starting date: September 2017

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 1400 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, whilst 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 3 years.

Key responsibilities

In order to produce fully competent, confident and dynamic employees, the scheme is designed and mapped out through a number of placements which encompass the office-based training approach adopted by LGSS. Within a 3 year period you will experience different placements including:
• Working as an integral part of the Financial Advisory team, supporting a selection of budget managers, offering professional advice and informing them of best financial practice and guidance to maximise their service delivery.
• Experience of technical accounting in the newly formed LGSS Closedown team, working across Public Sector organisations.
• Linking your knowledge to regulations through placements in Internal Audit.

Minimum entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline, 3 Bs (300 UCAS points) at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) and A* - 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 – 22nd March 2017
Final interviews – 5th April 2017

How to apply

Apply online on the PublicSectorJobsEast website

Key contacts

Katie Thornley –

Apply now

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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North Yorkshire County Council - Future Finance Leaders Trainee Accountant Programme

Job Details

Job title: Future Finance Leaders – Trainee Accountant Programme

Location: Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Salary: Commencing on £18,746 with progression to £30,153 per annum

Number of vacancies: 4

Application closing date: Tuesday 28th March 2017

Starting date: May 2017-September 2017

About the Orgnisation

For full information about the service, the training programme, role and requirements visit:

Organisation culture/environment

This is an exciting time to join us as we are transforming the way in which we offer financial services to budget managers and external customers. As a forward-thinking finance department we are delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious LGC Council of the Year and we also are shortlisted finalists in the national Public Finance Innovation Awards (including Finance Team of the Year). This is your opportunity to join an ambitious service where you can make a real impact as you develop your career in accountancy.


• full funding and support towards completion of the CIPFA professional qualification;
• generous study leave and exam leave
• project management experience and management training;
• learning and development within the role and as part of the trainee programme;
• long term career prospects with range and diversity;
• a comprehensive benefits package;
• a range of technologies to support modern ways of working.

Key responsibilities

You will be responsible for providing high quality financial information, advice and support to a range of internal and external customers. You will have the opportunity to increasingly get involved and take on more responsibility with a range of functions and portfolio areas including financial planning, budget support, technical and commercial finance, schools and project work.

This is not a traditional accountant role - working in a modern and agile way, you will be an ambassador for customer self-help as you support budget managers to monitor and manage their own budgets through maximising technology and delivering efficient services that add value, with a focus on further developing their commercial outlook.

Minimum entry requirements

2x Level 3 qualifications Grade A to C (e.g A level or equivalent) in addition to 5x Level 2 qualifications Grade A to C (e.g GCSE or equivalent), including numeracy and literacy.

Knowledge and Experience

For full information about the service, the training programme, role and requirements visit:

Skills & Abilities

For full information about the service, the training programme, role and requirements visit:

Personal Style and Behaviours

• innovative and creative
• able to articulate and communicate effectively
• hard working and achieving
• customer focussed
• a potential leader of the future

Interview/Assessment dates

25th/26th April 2017

Key contacts

Howard Emmett- Assistant Director Strategic Resources (CYPS) and Michael Leah- Assistant Director Strategic Resources (BES and Central Services)

Apply now

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