BDO LLP is one of the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firms providing services to ambitious businesses within the UK and worldwide.
With more than 3,500 talented people, generating close to £400m in UK revenues, we bring real leadership across the mid-market. We are a member of BDO International, which has more than 1,400 offices worldwide, spread across more than 158 countries. Put simply, we are advisers to ambitious businesses, providing exceptional service worldwide through our international network.
We’re big enough to be a major global player, but not so big that we lose sight of the individual needs of our clients. At heart, our work is simple: helping businesses achieve their goals. To do this, we bring to bear a host of different services that include auditing, tax advice, risk management, forensic accounting, business restructuring, corporate finance and more. Our clients range from growing entrepreneurial enterprises to listed multinational groups.
Trainees are a huge part of our business and our plans for growth and this is where you come in. We’re looking for the people who are hungry to learn and inspired to achieve their full potential. We want people to join us who question how things work and who want a career, not a job. In return, we’ll coach and empower you to be all that you can be.
You can find out more about the roles we have to offer on our website.
Careers and Training
A university education isn’t for everyone – some people simply want to get out there and start earning straight away. Our School Leaver Programme lets you do just that. You’ll be supported throughout your training as you earn while you learn.
With BDO you can pick up highly-regarded professional qualifications, while enjoying a permanent salaried career – all without the expense of funding higher education yourself. At the same time, you’ll be gaining invaluable experience in a commercial environment, working on real business projects alongside leading industry professionals.
Our School Leaver Programme combines work experience with getting your professional qualifications. For the first two years you’ll study towards the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) qualification. If successful in these, you’ll work towards gaining an appropriate professional qualification for your chosen specialism. This will usually be the ACA, but may be the CA (in Scotland) or the ATT or CTA if you intend to specialise in tax. If you pass all of your exams, then within four years you’ll be a qualified accountant. Scottish and BS&A candidates will remain on five-year programmes.
For high-calibre undergraduates in their penultimate year, our summer internship programme is a fantastic opportunity to experience life and work at BDO.
A useful insight into our business and culture, our summer internship will help you decide whether to apply for our graduate programme. You’ll get a real taste of life at the heart of our firm, working on interesting projects alongside graduate trainees and experienced professionals. Our internship programme lasts six weeks – running from early July to mid-August each year, in offices across the UK.
From tax to forensic services, we offer our graduate programmes in a range of exciting business areas.
On our three year programme, you’ll get paid study leave to work towards recognised industry qualifications. We’ll support your during your exams and we’ll cover your exam fees. Along the way, you’ll enjoy excellent support including coaching and mentoring. We’re here to support you the whole way.
Creating a strong platform from which to launch your career starts with your induction. This is when we’ll introduce you to our business and help you get your bearings. It’s also your chance to get to know your fellow trainees and begin building a strong network at BDO. It’s all about getting you up to speed and ready for your graduate programme.
There’s no denying it, the training part is hard work but we want you to succeed as much as you do. So from day one you can count on an extensive network of support, including mentors, partners and your individual Counselling Manager. They’ll help you to settle in, find the best ways to meet the challenges you face and to achieve your full potential. You’ll also be assigned a buddy (a more experienced colleague) and you can use the Professional Qualifications Team, to support you through your professional exams.
Find out more about what we offer on our Graduate Programme page.
Why choose BDO?
Our starting salaries are highly competitive. Salary levels vary depending on office location and the area of business you’re in. But we set them all with a view to attract the very best people to come and work with us.
We review our remuneration packages regularly, and as a trainee you can look forward to increases that reflect your performance. We’ll also support your tuition and all your professional exam fees. On top of your salary, we offer lots of other extra benefits too.
- 25 days’ holiday
- Personal Pension scheme, with matched employer contributions
- Life assurance cover
- Income protection insurance.
We also offer a range of voluntary benefits which you can customise to suit your needs and lifestyle. Most of these are made through tax efficient deductions from your salary, using Flexcel, our flexible benefits platform. These include:
- Option to buy up to ten days’ extra holiday
- Health related benefits, such as private medical, personal accident, dental insurance
- Other benefits include travel insurance, Bikes to Work, cinema passes, chilcare vouchers, dining cards and many more
We also offer additional benefits outside of flexcel designed simply to make life easier, and more fun, day to day.
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