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).

Get in touch to find out more about our trainee and apprenticeship programmes:

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CIPFA trainee and apprenticeship vacancies

Farnham Borough Council

Fareham Borough Council - Finance Apprentice, Internal Audit

Job details

Job title: Finance Apprentice, Internal Audit

Location: Based at Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hants, PO16 7AZ but with the opportunity to carry out work at Portsmouth City Council

Salary: £20,667 - £35,173 (career graded)

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 23 November 2018

Interview/assessment dates: TBC

Starting date: January 2019

About the organisation

Local authority employing approximately 450 people.


During the apprenticeship, you will study for the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification. 

The post is career graded, which means that your grade will grow with you as you pass exams and develop in your career.

Key responsibilities

You will assist the team in the delivery of its service, which includes carrying out internal audit reviews and testing of processes, analysing governance arrangements, risks and controls, and investigating fraud and irregularities providing both written and verbal feedback to managers. 

You will also be assisting the Operational Finance and Accountancy teams in carrying out financial routines and analyses.

Minimum entry requirements

Degree preferred, however consideration will also be given to candidates who have either a minimum of three GCSEs (grades A-C) and two A Levels (grades A-C) with subjects including Maths and English at either level, or are over 21 and have over three years relevant work experience.

Key contacts

Elaine Hammell, Head of Finance & Audit,

How to apply

Online via application form from


Financial Management Graduate Trainee

Job details

Job title: Financial Management Graduate Trainee

Location: Cambridge

Salary: £23,111 with progression up to £30,756 as trainees progress through the qualification

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 7 December 2018

Starting date: ASAP

About the organisation

LGSS is a shared service collaboration between Cambridgeshire County Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council. It was established by the two county councils in October 2010 with Milton Keynes joining in April 2016. LGSS has a wide scope and includes: finance and HR business partners, integrated finance services – treasury, VAT, schools finance, local government strategic finance and schools finance, HR policy and strategy, learning and development, pensions, audit, revenues and benefits, accounts payable, debt recovery and income, financial assessments, payroll, procurement, insurance, business systems and IT as well as LGSS’s own business planning and finance function.

Key responsibilities 

Financial management trainees

Finance sits at the heart of all local authorities. Financial management (FM) is one of the major drivers within councils and finance colleagues are one of the key components to any authority’s success. It is therefore essential that all FM trainees acquire the necessary knowledge and skills during their time in the scheme, and it is fundamental that they receive support, guidance and opportunities to utilise and develop this knowledge and skills.

New Entry (graduates)

The New Entry Scheme is a three to four year programme, designed for those who want an apprenticeship post with LGSS. FM trainees follow a programme in which they study for membership of CIPFA. The programme is designed to provide trainees with a thorough grounding in all aspects of public finance and enhance their capability within their role. Scheme participants will gain a professional qualification that will enhance their career prospects.

Minimum entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from those who are just about to graduate or did so years ago, as well as those who can demonstrate equivalent academic ability and experience. The opportunity is open to all ages and backgrounds.

Interview/assessment dates

W/C 7 January 2019.

How to apply

Please send your CV to

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