Trainee vacancies

Work for leading public sector employers while you study.

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 Accountant (Level 7 Apprentice) - Epping Forest District Council

Location: Civic Offices Epping/hybrid
Salary: £26,381 (with pay progression dependent on performance and progress in the CIPFA examinations)
Number of vacancies: One
Application closing date: 8 July 2022
Interview date: TBC (middle of July 2022)
Starting date: August 2022

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Principal Accountant, working directly as part of a team of five, as well as the wider Corporate Finance Team, the successful candidate will be vital part of a team that delivers a first-class finance and accountancy service to its customers and meets all relevant professional, and nationally recognised, good practice standards.

The successful candidate will also be expected to study for, and successfully complete, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) examinations, for which full study support will be given, including a study time allowance of 20% (one day per week).

On the job training, as well as professional study, is an essential component to reaching the required professional standard over time. To this end, breadth of work experience is a key priority. The Graduate Accountant will therefore have detailed involvement in areas ranging from assisting the Council’s Treasury Management team and operating a range of control functions, including bank and feeder system reconciliations through to helping to prepare annual Statement of Accounts.

Entry requirements

  • The successful candidate will hold a relevant degree in a Finance or Business-related subject.
  • Some Finance-related experience would be desirable, but is not essential; above all, the successful candidate will demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm and commitment to a professional career in public finance.
  • A genuine enthusiasm for transformation and excellence is also essential.


The Council offers a range of benefits including a basic 28-days annual leave in addition to public holidays and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

All study and examination expenses will be met by the employer.

How to apply

If you believe you have what it takes to become a future leading Finance professional in a first-class Finance Team, then please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV and a covering letter to

About Epping Forest District Council

Epping Forest District Council takes its name from the forest which runs from its southern boundary northwards. The district shares boundaries with Greater London and Hertfordshire.

The three main settlements of Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell and Loughton contain more than half the population of approximately 131,000 people but occupy only 5% of the district. The remaining 95% is made up of separate market towns, villages and hamlets in attractive countryside; most of the district is protected as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt, with no less than 25 Designated Conservation Areas.

As well as its rural aspect, Epping Forest has excellent transport links, with the M25 and M11 motorways running through the district and central London is only 30 minutes away through direct access to the Central Line.

It is a great place where people enjoy living, working, learning and leisure.

The Council has ambitious plans, and a first-class Finance function is integral to the achievement of those plans. To this end, the Corporate Finance Team is undergoing transformational change, with an overwhelming commitment to customer service and a clear vision to achieve financial sustainability and excellence in all its forms.

Organisation culture/environment 

The Council can offer an excellent working environment through its new “collaborative working” approach, which promotes remote working as well as on site working at our newly refurbished Civic Offices in Epping, which is a modern, high specification workspace.

Trainee Accountant - Kent Fire and Rescue Services

Location: Tovil, Maidstone (Hybrid Working)
Salary: career grade post £22,607 raising to £30,211 (when fully qualified) dependant on qualifications and work experience
Hours: 37 per week
Number of vacancies: One
Application closing date: 19th July 2022
Interview/assessment dates: 21st and 22nd July
Starting date: August 2022

Key responsibilities

An exciting opportunity of a Trainee Accountant post has become available. The role is wide and varied and provides an excellent opportunity to learn a whole range of finance activities whilst balancing studying for the CIPFA qualification to enable you to become a fully qualified accountant alongside making an important contribution to the finance team. You will gain valuable skills and experience learning accounting processes, supporting vital front line services and gaining an understanding on the governance and internal controls required to manage a large organisation.

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is interested in a career in finance

Entry requirements

We are looking for those that have a genuine interest in pursuing Finance as a career. You will be organised and self-motivated and able to work in a busy diverse environment.  You will have or be expected to obtain at least 3 GCSE’s and 2 A Levels grade A-C or equivalent, including Maths and English at either level.

How to apply

Please apply on the Kent Fire and Rescue website

About Kent Fire and Rescue

Kent Fire and Rescue is committed to providing a customer-focused professional service to the people of Kent and Medway.  We are a forward thinking, modern fire and rescue service with a long and proud history. By working together with our customers, we help to prevent fires and help keep the people of Kent and Medway safe.

With 1500 employees, 56 fire stations across the county and a fleet of vehicles and equipment, we are here every hour of every day, helping customers in their homes, places of work and on the roads and providing education programmes to schools, we are here for everyone.

Organisation culture/environment

Kent Fire and Rescue is an inclusive organisation which values everyone, we know that great minds do not think alike and welcome a diverse workforce to help create the best working environment and customer experience. We are committed to providing a healthy and rewarding working environment and supporting you to maintain your own well-being.

CIPFA Graduate Trainee - Chelmsford City Council

Location: office based initially/home working
Salary: £21,771 per annum, rising to Grade 6, currently £27,300
Number of vacancies: One
Application closing date: 13 August 2022
Interview/assessment dates: August/September 2022
Starting date: September 2022

Chelmsford City Council is looking for an ambitious and dedicated person to join our Accountancy team on a CIPFA apprenticeship.

As an Accountancy Graduate Trainee, we will equip you with a broad range of skills and experiences, leading to the CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) Professional Accountancy Qualification. This will provide you with the best start to your career in public finance and accounting. Further information about CIPFA can be found on their website.

The Council will fund your Accountancy Professional Level 7 apprenticeship (accounting qualification) and provide you with the required time to undertake your studies. Local Authorities are large public bodies and consequently we can offer you a wide range of experience.

The successful applicant will work within the Accountancy function, providing specialist advice and support to services within the organisation. As progress is made through the studies, more of the challenges and opportunities the role offers will be taken on and with it the increase in Grade and Scale Points.

The portfolio of skills and experience you will build with Chelmsford City Council, alongside a professional qualification will put you in an excellent position to build a successful career. A number of our apprentices have remained within the Council in more senior accounting or audit roles.

Chelmsford City Council has recently implemented a brand new, state of the art, finance system. Candidates with strong computing skills and a good understanding of logical processes will have the opportunity to support the ongoing development of our system.

We are looking for a team player with an eye for detail but who can also think creatively to challenge. To be considered for this role you must have a degree or be expecting to graduate by summer 2022. The post holder will be required to work 37 hours per week, which includes time off for study and training time during the week. The Council offers flexible working and a career average pension.

Key responsibilities

  • Working as part of an accounting team of eight people, providing financial advice to individual Council services and delivering overall Council financial reporting
  • Contribute to the production of management accounts, budgets, the Council's Medium Term Financial Strategy, revenue and capital costings, reconciliations and getting involved in projects across the organisation.
  • Training to achieve the CIPFA professional qualification.

Duties and responsibilities

  • To study for and achieve success in, the CIPFA Professional Finance qualification.
  • To undertake a number of placements within the accounting team to fulfil a variety of tasks including learning how to contribute to the preparation of revenue and capital budgets, learning how to produce statutory accounts and learning about the associated monitoring information in line with Council requirements.
  • Providing financial support and advice (aligned with apprenticeship progression) for budget managers in relation to budgetary control, planning, process and monitoring.
  • Maintain and reconcile finance systems and processes.
  • Undertake the analysis of data, spreadsheet work and work to support the preparation of the Council's budget and final accounts.
  • To develop and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders, providing advice and guidance as required or directed and responding to queries.
  • To produce statistical and financial management information and contribute towards the formulation of the annual and strategic audit plan.
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade as directed by management

Entry requirements

  • Maths and English GCSE or equivalent in grades 4-9
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Eligible to undertake the Accountancy professional level 7 apprenticeship
  • Experience of using a range of computer packages including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.


  • UK healthcare cashplan
  • Professional fees
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Season ticket scheme
  • Staff travel plan
  • Bike loan scheme
  • Staff discounts
  • Apprentice benefits: access to the Apprentice Extra website
  • Subsidised car parking.

How to apply

Submit your application via the Chelmsford City Council website

About Chelmsford City Council

The Council

  • Support 1400+ employees
  • Work with more than 2,500 suppliers ranging from sole traders and small businesses to large corporates and multinationals
  • Have an estimated gross revenue expenditure on public services of around £90 million per year, funded via the fees and charges for services, collection of Council Tax and Business rates and central government grants.
  • A capital programme of £100m plus