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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cambridgeshire county council

Cambridgeshire County Council - Financial Management/ Internal Audit Associate


Job details

Job title: Financial Management/ Internal Audit Associate

Location: Cambridgeshire

Salary: £23 - £31k, with progression linked to exam and work performance

Number of vacancies: Five - six across both streams

Application closing date: 27 January 2020

Interview/assessment dates: 
  • Assessment Centre – 14 February 2020
  • Final interviews – late February 2020
Starting date: Summer 2020

About the organisation

Cambridgeshire County Council is an upper tier local authority providing a wide range of public services including transport, highways, schools, library and learning services, registration services, social care, recycling and waste management to the 650,000 people of Cambridgeshire. The council spends £900m per annum and has stewardship of assets worth £2bn. It is a foundling partner of LGSS, one of the largest shared service ventures in the UK.

Organisation culture/environment

Cambridgeshire County Council's graduate programme has been running for over 30 years, and there is a culture of supporting existing employees to grow and develop. There are employees at various levels in the organisations who have passed through the scheme. 

As the challenges in public finance continue, the opportunities available to, and the need to invest in talented individuals with the potential to develop and achieve will only increase.

Key responsibilities

Successful applicants will enter either the Financial Management stream or the Internal Audit stream, both based in Cambridgeshire.

Financial Management stream

Over a three-year period, you will undertake placements in service finance, corporate finance and internal audit, on a 12-month rotation cycle. Each placement will provide you with a varied mix of day-to-day work and key projects, supporting the needs of your CIPFA studies and your development as a public sector finance professional. Opportunities include:

  • supporting a selection of budget managers, providing professional financial advice to maximise their service delivery
  • supporting services through budget setting and monitoring, and advising on resource allocation and savings proposals
  • gaining a knowledge of technical accounting and working across Public Sector organisations
  • developing, completing and reporting on your own Internal Audit assignments to analyse and improve the Council’s control environment.
Internal Audit stream

Trainees will remain based in the audit team, supporting the service in providing independent assurance on the effectiveness of the organisation’s risk management, governance and internal control processes. You will work closely with management to recommend and agree improvements to systems based on your own work, which will include a wide range of assignments across financial audit, contract audit, project management, IT audit and work in social care and fraud investigations. You will also have opportunities to specialise and to work outside of your primary client base, expanding your skillset by undertaking audit work across our audit clients including schools as well as county, district and city councils.

Minimum entry requirements

  • 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • 3 Bs (300 UCAS points) at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) 
  • A* - C in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE (or equivalent qualification).

We will also consider offers from those able to demonstrate academic ability up to the standard of a 2:1 undergraduate degree.

Interview/assessment dates

Assessment Centre – 14 February 2020

Final interviews – late February 2020

How to apply

Apply online on the PublicSectorJobsEast website.

Contact Rebecca Bartrum for more information.


Dacorum Borough Council

Dacorum Borough Council - Trainee Accountant


Job details

Job title: Trainee Accountant

Location: Hemel Hempstead

Salary: £23,015 to £33,033 

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: Monday 2 March 2020

Interview/assessment dates: 17 and 19 March 2020

Starting date: April - June 2020

About the organisation

Dacorum Borough Council is a district Council in West Hertfordshire covering the towns of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring and the surrounding areas. 

Organisation culture/environment

We are an ambitious and forward-thinking Council, committed to working in partnership to create a borough which enables the communities of Dacorum to thrive and prosper. Since 2012 we have delivered over £8 million of savings, while also increasing performance and satisfaction across key services. The Council has an ambitious regeneration programme and has made significant investment within the borough. We are building our own housing, as well as investing in improving existing properties.

Dacorum Borough Council’s Financial Services team are a highly motivated and strong performing team, operating within a corporate culture of robust and forward-thinking financial management. As a team, we strive for better ways of working, drive efficiency and ensure value for money.

The council’s main offices are newly built and located in Hemel Hempstead, just outside the M25 and only a 25-minute train journey from Central London. We offer staff flexible working arrangements, including home-working, together with a range of other benefits.


Key responsibilities

  • Provide a financial and management accounting role in support of a specific service area including budget setting, budget monitoring, preparation of final accounts and advice/guidance.
  • Ensure service managers are provided with accurate and timely financial advice so that they can effectively manage their budgets and identify potential for efficiencies and continuous improvement.
  • Attend the nominated college and professional courses and successfully complete a professional accounting qualification.
  • Assist with the closing down procedures for the revenue and capital including calculation of debtors and creditors, closing down of financial accounting system, balancing of control accounts and reconciliations.
  • Assist in producing working papers for the financial statements and responding to audit queries.
  • Enter and check General Ledger journals, ensure the integrity of actual expenditure and committed expenditure through housekeeping.
  • Carry out the reconciliation of control accounts, investigating any variances and taking necessary corrective action.
  • Assist with the investigation of budget variances, identifying the cause and suggesting corrective action.
  • Assist in completion of financial returns.
  • Work as part of a team to provide an excellent financial service

Minimum entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent in Mathematics and English Grade C or above, 2 A Levels (Grade C or above) or equivalent or AAT Level 2 qualified.

Interview/assessment dates

17 and 19 March 2020.

Key contacts

Lexi Schultz: lexi.schultz@dacorum.gov.uk

Lucy Tash: lucy.tash@dacorum.gov.uk

How to apply

Please visit the Dacorum Borough Council website


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 traineerecruitment@uk.gt.com or louise.e.howkins@uk.gt.com for more information.