Work with leading public sector employers while you study CIPFA's Professional Accountancy Qualification

We have some great trainee and apprentice opportunities available throughout the year for motivated individuals who want to start a rewarding career in public finance and accountancy.

You could be placed with a leading public sector employer on a three year fixed term contract with full sponsorship to complete the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PQ).

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CIPFA trainee and apprenticeship vacancies

Blackpool council

Blackpool Council - Trainee Accountant


Job details

Job title: Trainee Accountant

Location: Blackpool

Salary: £21,04 - £37,107 Career Graded Post

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 6 August 2018

Interview/assessment dates: Week commencing 27 August 2018

Starting date: August 2018

About the organisation

Blackpool is the home of the world famous Illuminations and one of the UK’s major visitor destinations with over 13 million visitors each year. The Council spends over £445m each year on a range of diverse services for our 142,000 residents.

Organisation culture/environment

Blackpool might be the biggest and the brightest but it isn’t without its challenges. We have major social and health issues to deal with, whilst needing to develop and innovate so our town continues to meet the desires of modern day audiences.

You will be working for an organisation that has big plans to take the town forward. From lending £100m to local business to enable them to develop within the area, starting an Enterprise Zone to encourage a more diverse range of businesses to set up within the town, taking forward a number of major redevelopment schemes within the town which will transform some of the more deprived areas of the town whilst also working with a range of partners in health and the voluntary sector to improve the life chances of Blackpool’s residents.

We are a small team in accountancy, which means you will have an opportunity to be involved in all of these projects. We can offer a range and depth of experience that few other organisations can match.

Key responsibilities

Be involved in a range of new projects that will transform Blackpool. We will give you the opportunity to become a fully qualified accountant whilst making a valuable contribution to the work of the council.

Knowledge and experience

  • Have an honours degree (all disciplines considered).
  • Be able to manage your workload and professional training commitments.
  • Numerate with good interpersonal skills.
  • Have the ability to complete the CIPFA professional accountancy exams.

Minimum entry requirements

Applicants must be a graduate.

Interview/assessment dates

Week commencing 27 August 2018.

Key contacts

Mark Golden, T: 01253 478955


Cardiff Council

Milton Keynes Council - Graduate Trainee Accountant


Job details

Job title: Trainee accountant

Location: Milton Keynes

Salary: £21,074

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 15 July 2018

Interview/assessment dates: July/August 2018

Starting date: September 2018

About the organisation

Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you’re looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council.

Benefits

  • Funded professional accountancy training package (CIPFA).
  • Placement rotation.
  • Peer support and development with other trainees.
  • Agile working.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme, considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates.
  • A generous minimum holiday entitlement of 27 days per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after five years.

Key responsibilities

We are looking to recruit a graduate to join our busy finance team in a career-graded role. Over a three-year fixed period, you will undertake placements across all the key areas of the finance service. Each placement will provide you with a varied mix of day-to-day work and key projects, supporting the needs of your professional studies and your development as a public sector accountant.

Key duties will include:

  • Rotational placements with the finance service to contribute to a wide range of financial services, including advice and challenge through business partnering.
  • Commitment to achieving a professional qualification through CIPFA.
  • Participation in and contribution to finance projects.

Minimum entry requirements

  • A recent graduate with a minimum degree of 2:1.
  • Three A levels, grades A-C.
  • GCSE grades A-C in Maths and English.

Key contacts

Lisa Wheaton,
E: lisa.wheaton@milton-keynes.gov.uk

How to apply

Please visit Milton Keynes Council’s website.


Cardiff Council

Reading Borough Council - Trainee Accountant


Job details

Job title: Trainee accountant

Location: Central Reading

Salary: RG3 to RG5 (scp 15 up to scp 31) £17,972 up to £28,221 pa – progression is subject to meeting set criteria and passing exams

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 28 June 2018

Interview/assessment dates: 13 July 2018

Starting date: Negotiable – ideally August

About the organisation

Reading Borough Council is a unitary authority in Berkshire. The council provides a wide range of services to local residents including education, housing, social services, planning, libraries and leisure. Reading is a thriving university town, 25 minutes from London with great transport connections and soon to be served by Crosslink rail. The town has great services which we are passionate to build and protect. A sound financial basis for those services is a crucial part to delivering them effectively, efficiently and economically and the finance team at Reading Borough Council partners with the service managers to ensure the financial management is robust.

Organisation culture/environment

We are keen that our finance trainees have an opportunity to work across the various functions within finance (including technical accounting, accounts payable, management accounting and financial analysis) so that they get a broad range of experience whilst learning the fundamental principles of accountancy. This is a great opportunity to try the different areas before deciding what type of accountancy to specialise in.

Key responsibilities

  • To study towards full CIPFA qualification
  • To help prepare financial information and ensure the accuracy of financial data.
  • To check financial records for accuracy, ensuring activities are carried out in accordance with agreed procedures.
  • Input from and reconciliation of various systems to council’s financial information system.
  • Maintain detailed records and working papers in an appropriate filing system to support tasks carried out.
  • Provide support and assistance on both routine work and major projects, including administrative assistance.
  • Correction of coding errors, and allocation of cash in the council’s accounts.

Minimum entry requirements

Graduate.

Key contacts

Karen Ind – Financial Planning and Analysis Lead
E: karen.ind@reading.gov.uk
T: 01189 373050
Jean Stevenson – Chief Accountant
E: Jean.Stevenson@reading.gov.uk 
T: 01189 374470

How to apply

E: recruitment@reading.gov.uk
T: 0118 937 2039 (24-hour answerphone)
Quote the reference number CSS0225 and state the position you are interested in.


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