Audit offers a varied and exciting career. You will have the opportunity to work across a range of sectors, conducting independent checks on companies’ financial situations and advising on ways for them to operate more profitably. It’s a job in which you will always be learning about different types of businesses and developing your business skills. Audit also provides a stable and lucrative career path with fast progression and rewarding work.
We pride ourselves on learning and development for our trainees and have lots of structures in place to support you on your journey with us, for example trainee away days, a dedicated training manager, buddy and study leave to name just a few. Training and development does not stop when you qualify – we are committed to continually developing our staff. Regardless of whether you’re a trainee or a director using our ‘People Passport’ you are guaranteed a great investment in your future!
What’s in it for you?
- Full sponsorship of the AAT Level 4 qualification with the opportunity to then progress on to complete the ACA qualification to become a qualified auditor
- Great social life at the firm with your peers with activities such as inter-office rounders, football, book club and more!
- Career progression where we listen to what you want and how we can support you to achieve it
- A permanent contract of employment
- Development opportunities to experience working in different teams
- Competitive salary with increases every six months until you qualify
- Work-life balance with our flexi-time working policy
- 25 days’ holiday with the opportunity to buy and sell holiday each year
- Full benefits package including health cash plan, support from a dedicated training manager and more
What will I be doing?
Our higher apprenticeship programme is designed to support your learning and development. You will work as part of the audit team while studying the AAT qualification. The variety of clients we work with provides you with a well-rounded experience, and the structure of our teams allows you the opportunity to gain knowledge from and exposure to senior managers and partners throughout your training and beyond.
Year 1 – You will have the opportunity to get your head round client challenges through analysing bank payments and receipts, preparing control accounts, calculating prepayments and accruals, and updating fixed asset registers for additions and disposals, also calculating depreciation, and drafting basic financial statements as well as starting to apply basic principles of auditing working as part of a larger team, amongst other duties. During this time you will also develop the ability to identify differences or issues from information provided by clients and start to suggest solutions.
Year 2 – You will build on your experience gained and learn new skills such as preparing more complex statutory accounts with accurate disclosures as required by company law, undertake small simple audits on your own, complete more complex audit testing and develop your problem solving and business skills. You will also have the opportunity to assist more junior trainees with queries and be a buddy to those just starting out.
Once you have completed your AAT qualification, you will then have the opportunity to apply to move on to studying the ACA and become a chartered accountant.
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Stage 1: Online application
Take a look below to find our vacancies for each office which open from autumn. You will need to submit your CV and answer 3 questions:
1. What excites you about our higher apprenticeship programme? We suggest you do some research around the AAT qualification, look at our current apprentice testimonials, research what a career in accountancy might look like, and show awareness of our values and culture in your answers. This will also help you decide if this is the right career path for you.
2. What are your strengths and why? We encourage you to think about the skills needed in an accountancy career and tailor your answers to these. We’re not looking for specific A-level subjects and we’re keen to hear about your strengths from lots of different backgrounds!
3. Tell us something interesting about you? There’s no right answer here, it’s really just for us to learn about you more as a person!
Stage 2: Telephone interview
If your online application is successful, you will be invited to a short telephone interview with a member of the HR team to discuss your motivation and experiences further.
Stage 3: Online assessments
If you are successful at the telephone interview, you will be invited to complete a couple of online assessments. They will involve verbal and numerical tests and you will receive all the instructions via email.
Stage 4: Final interview
If you are successful in the online assessments, you will be invited to a face-to-face interview at the office you applied for with a training manager and HR.
We will let you know very soon after the final interview whether you have been successful or not.
We wish you the best of luck!
Posted 28 February 2024