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Job titleAccountancy Apprenticeship September 2024
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LocationLondon or Newcastle
Close date26/04/2024

Job description

Job descriptionType of role: 5-year apprenticeship

Locations and starting salaries: London: £26,454 p.a. / Newcastle: £20,575 p.a.

Our new ways of working include a mix of time at your assigned office, time at client sites across the UK as required and working from home when you are not at college.

Our highly successful ACA professional training scheme is now live! Our ambition for our apprentice trainees is that you will:

• Start a fantastic, purpose driven career in an inclusive and supportive environment
• Get involved in challenging, inspiring work that makes a difference to the nation
• Undertake varied work with an unrivalled network of high-profile government departments, public sector bodies and non-departmental government bodies
• Achieve the prestigious Chartered Accountancy qualification and membership of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants in England Wales (ICAEW).
• Learn more about yourself and your ambitions as you develop skills as a professional, a manager and a leader.
• Enjoy a supportive and social peer network and work with teams and colleagues who are excited to support your development

We also offer an extremely attractive pay and benefits package:

• A highly competitive starting salary – upon qualifying your salary is more than £58,000 a year for London and £51,000 a year for Newcastle
• Annual pay increases with additional increases upon passing each professional exam milestone
• Fully funded ACA qualification and ICAEW membership subscriptions
• 35 days’ holiday (including public holidays)
• Fully paid 25 weeks study leave in block release
• Civil Service pension scheme
• Opportunities to take responsibility early in your career

The start date for the scheme is Monday 2 September 2024.

Note: We reserve the right to close vacancies earlier than the closing date should sufficient numbers of applications be received. We recommend prompt submission of your application.
ResponsibilitiesAs you navigate your path towards Chartered Accountancy as an Audit Apprentice, you will work with a diverse range of clients including central and local government. You will start out supporting our core financial audits and you will gradually get to work on bigger audits and more complex projects, taking the lead as you develop your skills and confidence. While primarily focused on financial audits, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a breadth of other work including support for Parliament, investigations and our high impact value for money studies that frequently make headlines.

You can find out a lot more about us and our work from our website http://naoaccountancyscheme.co.uk.
Skills requiredWe look for individuals who can:

- Analyse data to draw sound conclusions
- Demonstrate sound judgement
- Communicate effectively with others
- Demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, and drive
- Build and maintain effective team relationships
- Build and maintain key client relationships
- Plan and organise workload to deliver high quality work to deadline
- Understand the bigger picture

Note: You should submit your own application without help from other sources e.g., ChatGPT/AI software. Any applications whereby external support has been provided will be disqualified.
Educational requirements- 5 x GCSEs at grade 4-9 (A-C) or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English.

- We require a minimum of 120 UCAS points (or 300 based on the pre-September 2017 UCAS tariff point system) or equivalent, not including General Studies. Applicants must NOT hold a degree.

- If you have 104 UCAS points (or 260 based on the former UCAS tariff point system), you may still be eligible to apply as your application will be reviewed in the context of your socio-economic background.

- If you have not yet taken your exams, please enter your predicted grades into your application form.

- You should not be on a current training contract with another accountancy firm or be part-qualified.

Please note, if you receive an offer for the training scheme you will be required to provide evidence of your academics. If you have studied outside of the UK, you will need to provide evidence of your certificates and we will map your academics to the UK equivalent using NARIC.

Nationality Requirements:

- UK Nationals
- Nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- Nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

Please note, we are not able to sponsor work visas. Please contact us at HRServiceDesk@nao.org.uk should you have any questions on your nationality eligibility. As the apprentice accountancy training scheme is 5 years, candidates need to have the right to work as a permanent, full-time employee in the UK without restrictions for the duration. We would recommend that you visit the UK government website to check eligibility.

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