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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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Brent Council

Brent Council, Finance Graduate Trainee

Job details

Organisation: Local government
Job title:
Finance Graduate Trainee
: Brent
£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.


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

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