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Chartered Accountancy Apprenticeship and Graduate Scheme - National Audit Office



26th January 2021

Employer Description

The National Audit Office is an independent Parliamentary body in the United Kingdom which is responsible for auditing central government departments, government agencies and non-departmental public bodies. The NAO also carries out value for money audits into the administration of public policy.

We are recruiting Chartered Accountant Apprentices for our offices in London and Newcastle

Main description

Our very successful ACA professional apprenticeship training scheme is now live!   

Our apprenticeship scheme will give you the opportunity to make a real difference to our huge range of clients but also to the nation.  We help our economy and society work better – supporting and enabling improvements in financial management and the way vital public services are delivered across the public sector to millions of people every day.

Our crucial role in holding government to account is mirrored by the fact that our leader is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen!  In addition to offering a unique insight into government operations, we also offer an array of vibrant social and training events throughout the year. 

We’ve been super busy over the past year.  In light of the wide range and significance of activities that form the government’s response to COVID-19, we have been carrying out a substantial programme of work to support Parliament in holding government to account; as well as the impact of the EU Exit in light of the agreement reached with the EU and so much more.  Check out our twitter to see what we’ve been up to.

Our ACA professional training scheme supports you right through to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

You can join the scheme through one of two entry routes:

As a Graduate: with a 2.1 undergraduate degree or better in any subject (achieved or expected). This route takes 3 years through to ICAEW membership.

As an Apprentice: with 120 UCAS points from 3 A levels (or equivalent) in any subjects and no degree. This route takes up to 5 years through to ICAEW membership.

More details of the entry requirements are given under the ‘Apply’ section.

Our graduates and apprentices come from a range of backgrounds and have studied the full spectrum of subjects including arts, social sciences, sciences and engineering – not just maths! Our work benefits from different perspectives that people from different backgrounds bring. Whether you join us as a graduate or as an apprentice, you will benefit from a highly successful and well supported scheme designed to help you succeed all the way.

We will provide you with:

  • First-class tuition with a high quality external professional training provider
  • 25 weeks’ paid study leave in block release to maximise your success
  • Exam pass rates that are well above the national average
  • A fully funded accountancy qualification and professional membership subscriptions (ICAEW)
  • Opportunities to develop a wide range of technical and professional as well as management and leadership skills to equip you for a fantastic career
  • Work in teams with other colleagues committed to collaboration, quality, and success
  • An excellent system of support from NAO colleagues all the way through
  • An NAO ‘buddy’ from our more experienced trainees, who will be on hand to answer any questions you have during those first few months
  • Relevant and varied work experience with challenges you can rise to and learn from
  • Opportunities to take responsibility early in your career

Who are we looking for?

There is no such thing as a typical NAO apprentice and we hire candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and A Level subjects. Yes, that’s right – you do not have to be a mathematician to apply!

What benefits do we offer?

Fancy becoming a chartered accountant without racking up any student debt? Our 5-year fully-funded programme means exactly that – we offer an array of attractive benefits e.g. a competitive starting salary (£24k+ in London and £18k+ in Newcastle), generous pension scheme, subsidised gym and retail discounts.

For more information on minimum requirements and to apply, please visit our website and do hurry!  The 8 March deadline is fast approaching, and we don’t want you to miss out!

Click here to apply

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Homepage - NAO (naoaccountancyscheme.co.uk) 

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 08/03/2021


£24k+ in London and £18k+ in Newcastle


This job is located in London or Newcastle, London or Newcastle

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