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


Financial Management/Internal Audit Associate

Job details

Job title: Financial Management Graduate Trainee

Location: Cambridgeshire, Rutland

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

Number of vacancies: Five to six vacancies across both streams

Application closing date: 31 January 2019

Starting date: Summer 2019

About the organisation

LGSS is one of the UK’s largest shared services ventures of its kind, jointly owned by Cambridgeshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council. LGSS has a business ethos based on 'by the public sector, for the public sector' and operates on an open partnership with a joint risk/reward  business model, whereby all savings are shared between LGSS and its customers, operating on a ‘not for profit’ basis whereby all efficiency savings stay within the public sector. After nearly seven years in operation LGSS now has over 1,400 staff providing services to over 300 public sector customers in our region.

All partners are committed to providing high quality, cost effective public services that reflect the views and wishes of the public they serve.

Organisation culture/environment

Cambridgeshire County Council’s graduate programme has been running for over 30 years, whilst all LGSS councils have actively promoted an accelerated learning scheme, supporting existing employees to grow and develop. There are employees at various levels in the organisations who have passed through the scheme. As LGSS expands via its ambitious growth strategy, 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, based in Cambridgeshire, or the Internal Audit stream, which has jobs available in Cambridgeshire and Rutland.

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, three Bs (300 UCAS points) at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) and 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 – 18 February 2019.
Final interviews – early March 2019.

How to apply

Apply online on the PublicSectorJobsEast website.

Key contacts

Rebecca Bartram:

Finance the future

Pan London Boroughs – Local Government

Job details

Job title: Graduate Accountant 

Location: Various London Boroughs 

Salary: Competitive, with progression linked to exam and work performance

Number of vacancies: Currently 13 vacancies 

Application closing date: 17 February 2019

Start date: Flexible from May 2019 

Details of organisation 

The established London Treasurers’ Graduate Finance Scheme aims to bring together local authorities and other public services annually to recruit and train graduates who want to pursue a career in public finance. It’s all about putting talented graduates through a secure, four year programme that will form the first part of their journey towards senior management. 

Organisation culture/environment

This is a bespoke rotational scheme, which will give you exposure to every element of public finance whilst attached to a specific local authority or other public service. The scheme has been carefully designed to maximise your potential with work varying from key corporate processes to advising senior management and working on challenging project initiatives. Your work will include but not be limited to, budget preparation and monitoring, payroll, pensions, treasury, systems, internal audit and accounting.


In return for your commitment to study and development, the scheme provides full funding and support towards the completion of the CIPFA professional accountancy qualification, over the course of three years.

Entry requirements

  • Have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of a 2:2 (from any degree background). 
  • Have GCSEs (or equivalent) in Maths and English (Grade C or above).
  • Demonstrate strong numeric, written, oral and presentation skills.
  • Be computer literate.
  • Practice first-class time management skills. 
Your formal qualifications aren’t the most important requirement though - your drive to succeed and desire to make a difference is. We want people who aren’t afraid of taking on a challenge, we want people who know they can make communities better and we want people who care about their public sector colleagues and the work they are doing. 

Interview/Assessment dates

Telephone Interview: March 2019 

Assessment Centre/ Interview: End of April/ May 2019 

How to apply

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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: £20,432 to £24,477 p.a.

Number of vacancies: One

Application closing date: 11 March 2019 

Interview/assessment dates: 21 March 2019 

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 CIPFA 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 £31,000.

Interview/assessment dates

21 March 2019

How to apply

All applicants must complete an application form. CVs 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, T: 01323 443233, E:

Gillian Taberner, Finance Manager, T: 01323 443231, E:

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