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

CIPFA Northern Ireland Accountancy Trainee Scheme

Job Details

Location: Northern Ireland

Salary: Excellent salary and flexible benefits

 Application closing date: 17:00, 8 June 2016 

Role Overview

CIPFA Trainees will have the opportunity to develop core skills in areas such as financial accounting, financial planning and management, governance, audit and business strategy.

As a CIPFA Accountancy Trainee you will study towards the CIPFA professional qualification to become a fully-qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA).  You will be required to pass the CIPFA PQ exams and complete and submit a Practical Experience Portfolio (PEP) which covers 400 days of work experience.

You will receive exceptional support and direction from experienced trainers to enable you to complete the three stages of the challenging qualification within a fixed three year period:

  • Professional Certificate
  • Professional Diploma
  • Strategic stage
During the three years you will complete your paid practical work experience within a finance related role within a public sector based employer (as arranged by CIPFA).  Positions may include sectors such as Health, Local Government (councils), Central Government, and not for profit and Charitable Organisations.

The programme involves day release to attend non-class based sessions and time off for exam leave. You will also be expected to study in your own time.

Key Responsibilities

Placements will typically involve a variety of tasks including:

  • preparing financial records and statements
  • estimating the cost of new projects
  • reviewing budgets and investments
  • monitoring spending and cash flows
  • allocating money to projects and departments
  • analysing the effectiveness of services to the public
  • managing the organisation's financial systems
  • conducting internal audits
  • Governance Tasks
  • Risk Management
The emphasis on particular duties will vary over time according to business needs within the specific organisation the candidate is placed.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Grade B or above in Maths and English Language
  • Minimum of 280 UCAS points
  • An honours degree (any discipline) of at least upper second class (or expect to achieve by 30 June 2016)

Applications will also be considered from candidates with relevant formal qualifications considered by CIPFA to be of an equivalent or higher standard to those stated. CIPFA retains the discretionary right to decide what is considered to be an equivalent or higher standard.

How to Apply

Interviews are expected to take place 14-15 June in Belfast.

As a part of your application you are a required to submit a 750 supporintg stament outlining why you would like to study to become a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA).

Please contact Fiona McCloskey or Nicola McAlinden  should you require more information about our Trainee positions on

Apply online



Mazars - Internal Audit Trainee

Job details

Location: London

Salary: Excellent salary and flexible benefits

Number of Vacancies: 2

Application Closing Date: 31st May 2016 


At Mazars we don’t have a “one fits all” approach to benefits. We want you to be able to choose benefits that you want rather than have benefits chosen for you.

“my” is a scheme that you manage through a personalised online system. In addition to the core benefits, it lets you pick options from a range of benefits that we have negotiated to take advantage of a combination of Mazars’ buying power and tax breaks. This way you select the benefits package that suits you and the needs of your family.

Benefits are organised by five categories: my family, my finance and security, my leisure and lifestyle, my health and wellbeing, my charitable donation. 

Details of the Organisation

We are an international, integrated, transparent and independent organisation specialising in audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services. We are not only ranked as the eighth largest UK partnership by audit fee income but we are also one of Europe’s largest accounting firms with a huge global presence, operating in 73 countries with over 250 office worldwide. 

At Mazars we are proud to be able to offer our clients with a wide range of services, and this is mirrored in the variety of training schemes we can offer: Audit Chartered Accountancy, Tax, Financial Planning, Internal Audit, Banking Consultancy, Accounting Services Restructuring Services, Employee Benefits and Actuarial Services.

Organisation Culture

Mazars is all about people – we believe that each individual make 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.

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist with the planning of internal audit work programmes 
  • To perform of internal audit fieldwork 
  • To assist with preparation of internal audit reports
  • To assist on other special assignments (e.g. fraud investigations, effectiveness reviews) 
  • To ensure sound knowledge of a client and its industry by researching background information and useful publications 
  • To start to build client relationships
  • Communicate with the Internal Audit Team on any issues or findings
  • To develop and apply technical knowledge gained from studies and on the job experience 
  • To ensure timesheets are completed on a weekly basis
  • To have an awareness of the various services provided by Mazars 
  • To maintain a professional working relationship with clients
  • Attend client social activities
  • Attend all training courses as required.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • 2.2 or above in any degree discipline 
  • Minimum of 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 A Levels and excluding General Studies). 
  • Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

How to Apply

Please apply online

Interview/Assessment dates: Until end of June 2016

NHS Scotland

NHS Wales - Financial Management Trainee

Job details

Location: Wales
Job title: NHS Wales Graduate Financial Management Scheme 2016
Number of vacancies: 3
Position type: full-time
Start date:  5 September 2016
Salary: £20,926 starting salary with annual increments during training

Details of the organisation

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.

Key responsibilities

From day one you will be an integral part of finance teams within NHS Wales, rotating into 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.

Entry requirements: The NHS Wales Financial Management Scheme 2016 is open to anyone with a 2:1 degree (awarded by July 2016). NHS experience is valued but not essential.

Application closing date: 5 June 2016

How to apply

Our application process is open now.

You can apply online by visiting or Full details of the application process, background data and and links to more information are given on this site. 


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

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