CIPFA finance trainee schemes – work with leading public sector employers while 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

Adur Worthing

Adur District Council - Trainee Accountant

Job details

Job title: Trainee Accountant (post 42694)

Location: Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing

Salary: £18,070 – £22,658 depending on qualifications and experience

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 25 August 2017

Interview/assessment dates: 1 September 2017

Starting date: To be agreed

About the organisation

Adur District Council is a local authority which is situated on the South coast. It works in partnership with Worthing Borough Council delivering services to the public.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting the principal accountant at all times by inputting information into the financial management system, raising and working on Excel spreadsheets. 
  • To assist the principal accountant in the preparation of the Revenue Budget for specified services.
  • To assist the principal accountant in the production of regular financial monitoring reports to members and departments.
  • To assist in the preparation of the final accounts of specified services.
  • To reconcile assigned control accounts.
  • To produce information as specified in Freedom of Information request.
  • To assist in team administration.
  • To provide cover for the treasury management team, if required.

Knowledge and experience

  • Highly numerate.
  • Good standard of basic accountancy principles.
  • Be well organised with the ability to adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to create and manipulate data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to demonstrate good interpersonal skills in order to persuade budget holders to take action.
  • Ability todemonstrate diplomacy when suggesting a way forward in such a way that it is taken on board.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Be well organised with the ability to adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to create and manipulate data.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Reliable, honest and dependable.
  • Able to adapt and accept changes in work pressures.

Minimum entry requirements

  • GCSE or equivalent in English and Mathematics.
  • Degree 2:2 or above OR AAT level 3/4 or part qualified with a professional accountancy body.
  • Seeking to work towards membership of CIPFA.

Interview/assessment dates

1 September 2017

How to apply

Application can be made via the council website or jobsgopublic

Key contacts

Marie Maskell – Group Accountant, E:
Donna Lock – Principal Accountant, E:
Emma Thomas - Chief Accountant, E:

Apply now

Blackpool council

Blackpool Council - Trainee Accountant

Job details

Job title: Trainee Accountant

Location: Blackpool

Salary: £20,661 - £32,486 Career Graded Post

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 17 July 2017

Interview/assessment dates: 27 July 2017

Starting date: August 2017

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

27 July 2017

Key contacts

Kirsten Whyatt, T: 01253 478601 
Steve Maher, T: 01253 478600

Apply now

Breckland Council Logo

Breckland Council - CIPFA Trainee

Job Details

Job title: CIPFA Trainee

Location: Dereham, Norfolk

Salary: Starting salary £17,201
Career grade with progression to £26,439 maximum (subject to exam passes and achieved performance)

Number of vacancies: 1

Application closing date: 31st May 2017 2017

Starting date: July 2017

About the Organisation

Breckland Council is a rural authority employing around 300 people across Norfolk in various roles. We are a forward thinking, entrepreneurial and innovative council. We continue to strive for excellence and we deliver great value for money for our residents whilst making the most of huge opportunities for economic growth in our district.

Our track record of excellence and innovation, and for driving efficiencies, has led to the success of our arrangement with South Holland District Council to share a Chief Executive and senior management. This innovation has brought us and South Holland council national recognition.

Organisation culture/environment

We strive for excellence in order to deliver services that local Communities can be proud of. So to make this happen, we need talented and ambitious people who inspire, empower and deliver change all around them.
Our values:
• RESPECT – We include others equally and recognise the strength of our diversity
• INTEGRITY – We are open and honest and trust others to be transparent too
• WORKING TOGETHER – We work in partnership and communicate clearly to ensure consistently positive outcomes for all
• EMPOWER – We support each other to make valued contributions and achieve our full potential

The Council has embraced the Government’s agenda to modernise local government and our approach has been to lead change rather than follow it. We believe that Best Value can only be achieved by developing staff to their full potential and to do this, we provide them with the relevant knowledge, equipment & authority to carry out their duties. We are recognised by Investors in People and as an Employer of Choice.


• Access to Local Government pension scheme
• Free parking
• In return for your commitment to study, full funding & support towards completion of the CIPFA professional qualification over 3 years
• Access to staff discounts and staff benefit schemes (i.e. cycle to work)
• Extensive on the job training throughout the whole centralised finance department
• Long term career prospects

Key responsibilities

Undertake a series of placements and/or projects within the centralised Financial Services department to complement your CIPFA academic studies and gain appropriate financial experience, whilst providing support to the financial services team.

The financial services team covers the following areas:
• Capital and revenue budget setting and monitoring
• Project costings & support
• Annual statement of accounts
• Completion of company accounts for Council owned companies
• VAT returns and advice
• Sales Ledger (including cashiering)
• Purchase ledger & Purchase ordering
• Income management (including bank reconciliations)
• Treasury management
• Systems management and improvements
• Insurances
• Completion of grant claims and statistical returns

Minimum entry requirements

4 GCSE’s grade A-C including Maths & English
2 A-Levels grade A – C (or equivalent NVQ/GNVQ level 3)

Interview/Assessment dates

Interview / Assessment Centre – 15 June 2017

How to apply

Apply on line at

Key contacts

Alison Chubbock
Tel: 01362 656865 or 07967

Apply now

Bridgend County Borough council

Bridgend County Borough Council - Trainee Accountant

Job details

Job title: Trainee Accountant

Location: Raven’s Court, Bridgend, CF31 4AP

Salary: £20,661 to £21,268

Number of vacancies: one, up to five-year fixed-term contract

Application closing date: Wednesday 19 July 2017

Interview/assessment dates: Wednesday 9 August 2017

Starting date: 4 September 2017

Benefits: Flexible working hours scheme 

About the organisation

Bridgend County Borough Council provides all the main local government services for the people of the area. With its Bristol Channel coastline and mix of urban and rural communities, the county borough lies at the geographical heart of South Wales and has a population of approximately 143,000. Its land area of 28,500 hectares stretches 20km from east to west and occupies the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys. The largest town is Bridgend, followed by Maesteg and the seaside resort of Porthcawl. The Council plays a very significant role in the local economy of the County Borough and is responsible for annual gross expenditure approaching £400m and is the largest employer.

This job vacancy provides an opportunity to become part of the Finance Team and undertake an accountancy training programme which will give the necessary skills to pursue a career in accountancy and financial management in the public sector. In order to gain a good grounding of accounting practice, experience of all teams in the finance section will be provided. This will include setting and monitoring budgets, final accounts, treasury management, cash and payment services, audit and governance, providing advice and guidance to service managers and supporting ad hoc projects.

Organisation culture/environment

In March 2016, the council approved a revised set of three priorities: 

  • supporting a successful economy 
  • helping people to be more self-reliant 
  • making smarter use of resources. 
'Making smarter use of resources' will ensure that all resources (financial, physical, human and technological) are used as effectively and efficiently as possible and support the development of resources throughout the community, helping to deliver the council’s priorities.

Key responsibilities

Work as a member of the Finance section gaining knowledge of operational activity and providing support and advice to service managers, colleagues and external partners. 

Assisting finance staff on areas such as:

  • budget setting and budget monitoring, 
  • preparation of final accounts.  
  • treasury management
  • financial control
  • report preparation
  • ad hoc projects
  • grant claims
  • taxation.
Promote and practice a high standard of customer care.

Updating/retrieving information from our financial systems.

Build effective working relationships with internal service managers, colleagues and external partners.

Undertake project work to support current initiatives.

Minimum entry requirements

A relevant degree or AAT qualification.

How to apply

On Bridgend County Borough Council’s job vacancy page, search 'trainee accountant'.

Key contacts

Mary Williams, T: 01656 643605.

Apply now

Gateshead council logo

Gateshead Council - Trainee Accountant

Job details

Job title: Trainee Accountant

Location: Gateshead Civic Centre, Corporate Finance

Salary: (£) Starting salary of £17,772 rising to grade I (£30,153 - £32,486). 

The position is permanent, but subject to CIPFA examination success; salary progression is also subject to exam performance.

Application closing date: Midnight 3 July 2017

Starting date: September 2017


The benefits for this role include:
  • an attractive starting salary rising to circa £32,486 over three years, dependent upon CIPFA examination success
  • access to the local government pension scheme
  • a funded professional accountancy training package through CIPFA
  • study leave
  • a work and study mentor
  • access to the local government pension scheme
  • flexible working and other employee-led schemes
  • the opportunity to gain experience in a number of areas within the public finance services.

Details of organisation

The Corporate Finance Service operates at the very core of the Council's operations. The continued financial health of the Council is fundamental to the sustained provision of its vital services and the range and diversity of its activities. As part of this key function, trainee accountant opportunities have arisen.

The successful applicants will be offered a training contract to become members of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. The successful applicants must be committed to studying towards the CIPFA professional qualification and becoming an active member of our busy and dynamic team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is willing to contribute to a strong team environment with drive and commitment to succeed.

If you:
  • are a graduate (minimum 2nd class desirable) 
  • have a proven track-record of exam success
  • have knowledge of the local government financial environment
  • have good IT skills
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Organisation culture/environment (optional) 

Local government.

Key responsibilities

The role will require trainees to commit to studying for the CIPFA qualification, alongside work responsibilities within the finance service, providing financial support for a defined area of work. These may include involvement in:
  • advice and information
  • financial management accounting
  • revenue monitoring
  • capital programme
  • project advice and control
  • internal audit
  • engaging in a culture of continuous improvement across the service.

Minimum entry requirements

A minimum of 2:2 degree; two A Levels or equivalent in any subject; five GCSE’s grades A-C, or equivalent, including English and Maths.

Interview/assessment dates

July 2017.

How to apply

Trainee Accountant Application.

Key contacts

Anna Buckingham, T: 0191 4333476, E:

Matt Calvert, T: 0191 4333680, E:

Apply now

Kirklees council logo

Kirklees Council - Graduate Apprentice Accountant (two posts)

Job details

Job title: Graduate Apprentice Accountant

Location: Huddersfield

Salary: £18,070 - £24,964

Number of vacancies: Two

Application closing date: 13 August 2017

How to apply

Follow this link.

NHS in Wales logo

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.

wealdon district council logo

Wealden District Council - Graduate Trainee Business Support Accountant

Job details

Job title: Graduate Trainee Business Support Accountant -Post no S4103

Location: Council Offices, Hailsham

Salary: £20,031 to £23,997 p.a.

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 6th September 2017

Interview/assessment dates: 1 September 2017

Starting date: To be agreed

About the organisation

Wealden District Council is looking to train you to be the next generation of public sector financial manager. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) professional qualification can take you as high and as far as you want to go, as fast as you like. With built-in leadership training you can quickly scale the heights of any organisation and make a real and lasting difference.

Wealden is a large rural district council located in a stunning area of the South East of England reaching from the south coast either side of Eastbourne and the South Downs National Park up to the High Weald and Ashdown Forest along the borders of Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead in the north.

We will support you to study for the CIPFA professional qualification, with the payment of course fees, day release to attend college and leave to study for exams. More information on the qualification is available here. We plan to access the CIPFA Level 7 Professional Accountancy qualification through an Apprenticeship Standard route, provided CIPFA achieve the relevant accreditation. However, we will sponsor this qualification outside of the apprenticeship route if this is not possible.

Key Responsibilities

To provide financial business support in a developing trainee role, including assisting in the production of management accounts, budgets and the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy, final accounts, revenue and capital costings, getting involved in projects across the organisation.

To train to achieve the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy professional qualification, ideally accessed through the Level 7 Professional Accountant Apprenticeship Standard.

Minimum entry requirements

 At least a 2:2 degree in any subject


• Support to study for the CIPFA professional qualification, with the payment of course fees, day release to attend college and leave to study for exams.

• An excellent package, including competitive salary, career average salary pension scheme, an employee benefit scheme offering a range of discounts and salary sacrifice schemes, flexitime and discounted leisure centre membership.

• On completion of training and achievement of the relevant milestones, this post will be eligible for appointment to the permanent position of Business Support Accountant with a salary range in excess of £30,000.

Interview/assessment dates

14 September 2017

How to apply

All applicants must complete an application form. CV's will not be accepted. The attached link provides access to the application forms, job adverts, job description and person specification

Key contacts

Susie Allen, Principal Accountant, tel 01323 443233, email:

Gillian Taberner, Finance Manager, tel 01323 443231, email:

Apply now

Related case studies

Neil Sartorio

Neil Sartorio
Director – Lead for England Local Public Services
EY (Ernst & Young LLP)

‘I was presented with a choice of accountancy qualifications and due to my passion for the public sector I was only interested in the CIPFA qualification that was most relevant and respected to that.’

Read more

Jayne Stephenson

Jayne Stephenson 
Chief Finance Officer
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester

 'Working in the public sector is incredibly rewarding, there is a real sense that you are making a positive contribution to our communities. The responsibility for stewardship of public monies should not be underestimated.'

Read more

Aziz Ali

Aziz Ali
Service Accountant
London Borough of Tower Hamlets

‘The CIPFA qualification is providing me with the comprehensive accounting skills to become a successful public finance accountant’.

Read more