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


Wycombe District Council - CIPFA Trainee Accountant

Job Details

Location: Wycombe

Salary: Starting at £22,398 and progressing incrementally to £40,299 on full CIPFA qualification.

Benefits: Full financial support for CIPFA qualification with accompanying workplace development, 25 days annual leave, flexitime and membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Number of Vacancies: 1

Application Closing Date: 30 June 2016

Details of the Organisation 

Wycombe District Council is the fifth largest district council in the country, located outside London with strong transport links into the heart of the City. The council employs approximately 300 staff and provides a range of services for local residents including tackling homelessness, promoting local businesses, leisure services, waste services, green spaces, processing planning applications and managing car parks. The council also has an investment portfolio of over £70m in properties, plans to invest significant funds to improve the district, cash investments of £60m and a net budget of £15m all in the context of reduced funding from central government.

The accountancy team work across the organisation to promote a commercial culture, and carry out a wide range of functions from setting the council’s finance strategy, monitoring in year budgets and expenditure, completing the accounts, managing the council’s investments and insurance and providing project support to various building schemes – we just completed a new leisure centre as part of our £150m development at Handy X and have a large number of schemes in the pipeline.

Working at the council is never short of challenges with opportunities for ambitious, commercially minded, graduates with an interest in the public sector.

Organisation Culture

At Wycombe District Council you will be part of a commercially minded local authority seeking to deliver the best services to our residents, whilst generating funding through investment.

Aside from being committed to achieving a full accountancy qualification, you will be strategically minded and a creative thinker, with excellent communication skills and capable of influencing behaviours at all levels of the organisation. We offer a supportive working environment as part of our finance team, coaching and mentoring by managers who have gone through the same accountancy qualification and tailored opportunities to ensure career development. Our trainee scheme also ensures trainees progress in the workplace with each stage of the CIPFA accountancy qualification.

As an equal opportunity employer we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities in the workplace progress with each stage of the CIPFA qualification:
  • To train for a Chartered Institute in Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) qualification attending classes relevant to this, completing exams and fulfilling workplace experience requirements commensurate with the qualification. 
  • To support the accountancy team with tasks matching the level of qualification as outlined below.
  • To balance progressing in the accountancy qualification with simultaneous workplace development.
Competencies and Skills Certificate  Diploma   Professional
Key Finance Processes
(Budget Monitoring,
MTFS, Estimates and

Able to co-ordinate aspects
of a key process. Can liaise
with appropriate finance staff
to resolve technical issues.
Identifies problems with key process
tasks and acts accordingly. Can identify
and transact necessary adjustments.
Understands the need to review
audit recommendations and put
them into practice.

 Able to oversee key processes
in defined areas. Can suggest
improvements to key processes.
Displays technical knowledge of
the issues involved.
Accounting Knowledge
Able to apply basic principles
and work in accordance with
relevant rules and procedures

Can apply complex technical
rules where required. Applies
relevant local government finance
rules where required. Can communicate
rules to non-finance staff.
Can identify the need to apply
accounting rules and concepts
contained in the CIPFA Code or
similar. Can brief senior officers
on developments.
Use of Corporate IT Systems Able to utilise corporate systems to
solve problems and meet relevant
information needs. Can design and
run reports on the reporting system.
 Is able to use financial systems
to draw out relevant financial
information. Can suggest viable
improvements to departmental
and corporate systems. Understands
the linkages between different
Modules and interfacing systems.
Is able to contribute to major
reviews of financial systems and
applications, and suggest solutions
to problems encountered.
Managing Workload Manages a workload containing a
mixture of regular and ad-hoc tasks
to agreed timescales.
 Manages a workload consisting
of regular annual, monthly, and
quarterly tasks; ad hoc requests from
management and longer term
projects. All to agreed timescales.
Agrees and manages a workload
against agreed performance targets,
including an element of medium term
project work i.e. Corporate or
Departmental Projects.
Communication of Information Is able to obtain financial
information and translate into a
meaningful format to present to
Uses available IT and other resources
to communicate complex financial
information in a simplified manner
to managers.
Is able to utilise various methods
including verbal presentations,
tables, diagrams and written briefings
to communicate high level and complex
information to senior managers.
Producing Financial Reports  Identifies relevant sources and
collates data. Provides data in a
clear and understandable format
to be used in reports.
Production of financial reports using a
variety of graphs and tables to present
data within reports. Can provide
verbal/narrative explanation
on reports produced.
Provides a full and explanatory
narrative along with reports.
Team Work  Is able to use knowledge of
division/team to provide relevant
information to interested parties.
Can provide key information to managers
using knowledge of team/division. Ability
to work flexibly across several areas of
the team to cover wide variety of projects
and work.
Has the ability to take on extra
workload when required to cover
for team members when on leave
or there are vacancies.

Minimum entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 university degree in any discipline.

How to apply

For more information and to apply online, visit our website or call our job pack request line on T: 01494 421141 quoting Job Ref SSF02.

Interview/Assessment Date: w/c 18 July 2016

Wyre Forest District Council – Trainee Accountant

Job details

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Salary: 37 hours – career-grade post: £16,202 raising to £18,342 dependent on qualifications and work experience

Number of Vacancies: 1

Closing Date: 14 July 2016

Details of the organisation

Wyre Forest District Council Finance Service has a strong track record of providing excellent strategic financial support to the council to help meet its strategic corporate plan objectives.

The council has a net budget of over £12m and delivers valuable services to the public, and like all public sector organisations is embracing the challenge of achieving the best outcomes for service delivery at reduced cost.

But it's not just about the numbers.

As a trainee accountant, now is an excellent time to be part of a team making a real difference to service users and customers in the Wyre Forest. There are exciting opportunities to work alongside other professional staff and get deeply involved in the financial business of the council to understand the contribution we can make to people's lives and the services they depend on.

This exciting and rewarding work will enable you to train for a professional qualification and apply your technical skills and add real value to key projects, whilst gaining experience working with diverse services and with other partner organisations.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide financial support, professional advice and innovative approaches to all aspects of financial management and financial planning in line with your level of knowledge and experience 
  • Undertake a comprehensive three-year training programme to cover a range of financial and accountancy services within the Wyre Forest Council and undertaken the CIPFA qualification
  • Ensure that significant financial variations are identified and challenged with service managers, identifying potential solutions, assessing their impact on budget forecasts and supporting their implementation
  • Complete detailed financial analysis, investigations and appraisals on proposals such as changes to service delivery, new developments or government policy changes in order to advise service managers accordingly on the financial aspects of the proposed changes
  • Assist with and prepare reports, business cases, financial challenge documents and project documentation for multi-disciplinary teams 
  • Develop innovative approaches to financial management and encourage service managers to consider different ways of delivering services; to initiate research and bring forward proposals. 


  • An ability to work competently with figures, to be able to consider situations logically and propose realistic solutions to problems
  • An ability to communicate professionally at all levels, verbally and in writing
  • Work on own initiative and as part of a team in a professional and competent manner to strict deadlines
  • Excellent time management and a flexible approach to working hours, able to work outside normal office hours if necessary.

Minimum entry requirements

It is essential that the post-holder has:

  • AAT level 3 or equivalent relevant qualification.

It is desirable that the post-holder has:

  • Honours degree, preferably 2:1 in a financial or accountancy-related subject.

How to apply

Please apply online

Interview/assessment date: mid-August 2016.

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