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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

Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton - Public Sector Graduate/School Leaver placement

Job details

Job title: Public Sector Graduate and School Leaver placement

Location: London, Birmingham, South West, North West and Yorkshire

Salary: Competitive

Number of vacancies: 100

Starting dates: Staggered - 3 February, 2 March, 30 March

About the organisation

Join us and you’ll shape more than just your career. We believe that we’re best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. Every day, we provide a diverse range of organisations with the kind of business and financial advice it takes to do this. Our ideas and insight empower our clients to make big decisions about the future and unlock sustainable growth. With a relentless focus on quality and integrity, we help businesses, communities and our people to flourish.

Key responsibilities

During this fixed term placement you'll gain a full insight into our clients, our business and life as a Public Sector Audit associate. During your placement you'll experience real client work, learning and development opportunities and you’ll take on the same responsibilities as a first year graduate or school leaver.

You’ll hit the ground running, which may involve visiting client sites as part of a small team soon after you start. From the beginning you'll be expected to get stuck in, develop deep relationships and ask the right questions to cut to the core of your client's business. Being able to see the bigger picture and then focus on the specific client's issues is essential.

Minimum entry requirements

We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements. We’ll consider your academic achievements, but your strengths, motivations and connection with us and our values are equally as important. We’re looking for people with a broad range of interests and experiences.

Interview/assessment dates

To be confirmed.

How to apply

You can apply directly on the Grant Thornton job vacancies page.

Contact Grant Thornton on or for more information.

Surrey County Council - Finance Graduate Trainee

Job details

Job title: Finance Graduate Trainee

Location: Kingston

Please note that Surrey County Council's headquarters, where this role is based, will be relocating to Woking in 2020 to support our Community Vision 2030.

Salary: £27,641 to £35,382 with progression linked to exams

Number of vacancies: Two

Application closing date: 29 March 2020

Interview/assessment dates: Week commencing 27 April 2020

Starting date: Summer 2020

About the organisation

It’s a great time to join us - with an exciting Financial Improvement Programme in place, a new Community Vision for Surrey and an Organisational Strategy, we’ve made huge strides over the past year, stabilising our finances and developing a transformation programme that will fundamentally change the way we work, for the benefit of Surrey residents.

We have an ambitious Finance Improvement Programme to ensure we have the right financial capability, systems and processes for the future. Key to this is the Finance Academy, a range of learning and development tools equipping finance staff and managers across the organisation with the skills to realise our goal of excellent financial management.

Organisation culture/environment

Targeted at graduates who are forward thinking, influential and want to make a difference for the benefit of communities, the Finance Trainee programme at Surrey County Council provides you with a breadth of practical experience and support to study for a professional accountancy qualification, enabling you to develop into a senior leader of the future.

Key responsibilities

During your training programme you will be given opportunities to experience a range of work covering every aspect of financial management.  

Our expectations are that you will:

  • participate in the budget planning and financial processes for directorates and services
  • be involved in the annual budget setting and closure of accounts processes
  • use analytical skills and techniques to interpret financial and non-financial data to inform decision making
  • contribute to the development of financial systems, processes and data quality
  • provide support, advice and challenge to managers and staff across the organisation
  • volunteer to participate in projects and working groups and share learning experiences
  • be an active contributor to activities of the Finance team and the continuous improvement of financial management capabilities across the council.

Minimum entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline or demonstration of academic ability up to the standard of a 2:1 undergraduate degree. A – C GCSE in Maths and English.

Interview/assessment dates

Week commencing 27 April 2020.

Key contacts

Cath Edwards:

How to apply

Please visit the Surrey County Council website