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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

Brent Council

Brent Council, Finance Graduate Trainee


Job details

Organisation: Local government
Job title:
Finance Graduate Trainee
Location
: Brent
Salary: 
£30,048-£42,855 PA
Application closing date: 02/08/2021

Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.

The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.

The work of local government has a direct impact on the quality of life of Britain's most vulnerable people, including providing social care to vulnerable adults and children, providing housing to the homeless, equipping those on the fringes of work and pursuing local sustainability. We’re innovating and changing how we deliver services to better meet the needs of our community so it’s an exciting time to join us and get involved in these projects.

This is a fantastic opportunity to start a career in accountancy. Our program supports trainees to become fully qualified chartered accountants, balancing studying for the CIPFA qualification alongside making an important contribution to the finance team. You will gain valuable skills and experience in a fast paced working environment, learning accounting processes, supporting vital front line services, and gaining a grounding in audit and the controls required to manage a large organisation.

You will join a supportive family of trainees, based in our cutting edge modern offices next to Wembley stadium. You will start on a salary of £30k, with rapid progression as you achieve the key milestones in your training and career plan.

Benefits

Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.

We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
 
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working, and we are a Disability Confident Employer, committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

Minimum entry requirements

We are looking for graduates who have a genuine interest in pursuing finance as a career. You will need to demonstrate you are numerate and possess excellent interpersonal skills. You will be organised and self-motivated, and able to work in a busy diverse environment.

You will have or expect to obtain at least a 2:2 degree in any subject and have at least 3 A-C at A-level (or equivalent).

Interview/assessment dates

Week commencing 30th August 2021.

How to apply

Go to our job vacancies page to apply.


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Dartford Borough Council

Dartford Borough Council, Trainee Business Support Accountant


Job details

Organisation: Local government
Job title:
Trainee Business Support Accountant
Location
: Dartford, Kent
Salary:
£25,681 PA rising to £39,782 PA following completion of training and successful achievement of the relevant milestones
Application closing date: 22/06/2021

Working for an ambitious authority located on the edge of London, no two days will be the same. The organisation has recently restructured with a new management team in place to lead the organisation in the challenges of post-COVID recovery and delivery of public services, alongside the growth that is happening in the borough.

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.
  • To support other finance functions such as insurance, procurement, income allocation, bank reconciliation, debtors and creditors by acting as back up for various processes.

Minimum entry requirements

AAT level 3 qualification, Finance and Accountancy degree (min 2.2), or significant finance experience and non-finance degree (minimum 2.1) and strong A-level results (minimum 96 UCAS points) with Maths and English GCSE at B or above.

Interview/assessment dates

Provisional date: 6th-7th July 2021.

How to apply

Go to our job vacancies page to apply.

Key contacts

Please contact Tim Sams on 01322 343148 if you would like to have an informal discussion about the post.


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Finance the Future

Finance the Future, Local Government Graduate Finance Programme


Job details

Organisation: Local government
Job title:
Local Government Graduate Finance Programme
Location
: London
Start date:
 From July 2021 (while most boroughs will start their graduate programme from September 2021, some may start earlier)
Salary (£):
Competitive

The 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.

Your opportunity to make a difference

If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding career where you can make a real impact on real people’s lives, then the Local Government Graduate Finance Programme is for you.

Every year, the scheme brings together local authorities and other public services to recruit and train graduates who want to pursue a career in public finance. This year, you have the opportunity to join one of nine London boroughs on a four-year contract, during which time you’ll gain exposure to every aspect of public finance while studying towards the prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Professional Qualification.

The scheme is designed to give you the experience, knowledge and understanding you need to be a future leader in the world of public finance. It provides a rich variety of training and exposure, with opportunities to contribute to all kinds of project initiatives and operational work that will be tailored to your development needs.

Some of the many areas you could get involved in include budget preparation and monitoring, payroll, pensions, treasury, systems, internal audit and accounting. By the end of the scheme, you'll have the qualifications, confidence and know-how to take on the first big management challenge of your career.

Minimum entry requirements

  • Minimum 2:1 degree in any subject (expected or achieved)
  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent (Grade 4 or above)
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong numeracy and computer literacy
  • Availability from July 2021 (while most boroughs will start their graduate programme from September, some may commence earlier).

Benefits

Four years working, training and studying on this scheme will prepare you for senior management roles in public sector finance, where you'll have the chance to influence key decisions that enhance thousands of people's lives.

From day one, you'll enjoy:

  • job security provided by a fixed-term four-year contract
  • excellent benefits including competitive salary, pension scheme and generous holiday allowance
  • flexible working environment with strong commitment to work/life balance

How to apply

Visit the Finance the Future website for more information and to apply.  

For enquiries, call 01635 584143 or email enquiry@financethefuture.co.uk



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Sefton Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, CIPFA Trainee Accountant


Job details

Job title: CIPFA Trainee Accountant
Location: Magdalen House, Bootle, Merseyside
Salary: Grade G SCP 20-25 £25,911 to £29,577 rising to Grade H SCP 26-30 £30,451 to £33,782 per annum (progression is dependent upon criteria)
Number of vacancies: Two
Application closing date: 05/07/2021 at 23:55
Interview date: Wednesday 14th July 2021 (provisional date)
Starting date: As soon as possible

About the organisation

Sefton is a diverse and exciting borough where people can enjoy a great work-life balance. It encompasses world renowned nature reserves, accessible businesses and retail centres, top class leisure facilities, and some of the best coastal and countryside environments. It is an ideal location for accessing Manchester, the North West and beyond by road, rail or air. From vibrant town centres, intimate commuter towns, beautiful villages and stunning coastal and rural locations, everyone can find their perfect home. Sefton is at the heart of the Liverpool City Region, playing an active role in ensuring its success.

Sefton Council’s finance service is an efficient and effective team that aims to continually strengthen and promote good financial management across the organisation and play an active role in delivering the council’s 2030 vision.


Key responsibilities

The post holder will support the finance team in the provision of financial advice and support to budget holders and senior management. They will gain a range of experience across the whole finance function as they rotate through different disciplines – including budget support to services, closure of accounts, finance systems – during their three/four-year training period.

The role is ideal for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual who is suitably qualified with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in finance, service managers and external partners.

Minimum entry requirements

Please see job description/person specification available via the application link.

Interview/assessment dates

Provisional date: Wednesday 14th July 2021.

How to apply

Application can be made via the Sefton Council website.

Key contacts

Please contact Andy Bridson on 07813543320 if you would like to have an informal discussion about the post.


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