Trainee vacancies

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.

CIPFA trainee and apprenticeship vacancies

Graduate Finance Trainee for London Boroughs

Location: Pan London Boroughs

Start date: August/September 2024

Application closing date: Wednesday 3 January 2024

Salary: Competitive

Interview/Assessment dates: February 2024 – April 2024

Number of vacancies: Numerous


Packages include generous holiday entitlement, flexible working arrangements, and an excellent pension scheme.

Details of organisation

The NGDP Finance Graduate Scheme is a specialised stream within the National Graduate Development Program (NGDP) designed for graduates who want to pursue a career in public finance. It offers a unique and tailored development pathway into local government and other public services for aspiring finance professionals.

The four-year programme is geared towards developing graduates with a passion for finance and communities into future local government and public sector leaders, helping them gain practical work experience while studying for the CIPFA Level 7 Apprenticeship, which includes The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy’s Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PAQ), which is the key qualification for anyone pursuing a career in public finance management.

Working across a participating organisation, you’ll build up experience in all the important areas of finance, including financial systems, budget preparation and monitoring, payroll, pensions, treasury, internal audit and accounting.

With communities facing numerous challenges– whether it be climate change, housing, public health or the cost-of-living crisis – it can seem insurmountable at times for individuals who want to make a difference. But these issues are at the core of local councils’ work. Councils combine the passion and expertise of hundreds and thousands of dedicated public servants, working to improve everyday life for people in their communities, now and for the future. If you want to make a measurable, tangible difference, you couldn’t ask for a better place to start.

Key responsibilities

To provide financial business support in a developing trainee role, including assisting in the production of management accounts, budgets, final accounts, treasury management, revenue and capital costings as well as 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

The NGDP welcomes graduates from all backgrounds and areas of study. The only requirements are:

  • a minimum 2.2 undergraduate degree by July 2024,
  • you must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the four-year programme,
  • candidates must have lived in the UK for the last three years (unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor visas).

How to apply

Details about how to apply can be found on the Local Government Association website.