Graduate scheme

Wales + 2


Job details

Job reference AO0221/2020
Date posted 23/05/2022
Application closing date 30/06/2022
Location Wales (multiple vacancies across Wales but primarily in North and West Wales)
Salary £25,300
Package In addition to enjoying the employee benefits such as; a competitive salary, pension, 33 days annual leave, you will also receive a generous study package and network of support.
Contractual hours 35
Basis Full time
Job category/type Audit Services - Financial Audit


Do you have passion, energy and commitment to improve the lives of the citizens of Wales then a career training as a chartered accountant at Audit Wales, the public sector watchdog for Wales may be what you are looking for!

You will follow a four-year fixed-term graduate training programme to train to become a chartered accountant following the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). You will work with our teams across Wales, to deliver a variety of audit services and help scrutinise and improve public services.

Who we’re looking for

We’re genuinely interested in who you are, your strengths and your potential.

Regardless of degree discipline, we’re looking for individuals with a very good academic background who are committed to improving public sector services and see themselves as the future leaders within the public sector in Wales.

You will need:

  • A 2:1 class degree in any discipline or a 2:2 where you have additional qualifications such as a masters
  • Very good academic results at A level or equivalent academic level
  • GCSE English language level 4 if 2017 or after / C if before
  • GCSE Maths level 5 if 2017 or after / B if before

If you are naturally inquisitive, enjoy teamwork, have an interest in public services and want to train as an accountant then our graduate role is the one for you.

Further information about the skills and abilities required for the role can be found in our job description.

Study package

We provide full financial support for your training to gain membership
with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
(ICAEW). This support includes – membership subscription,
tuition/revision, study material, examination entry and travel expenses
where applicable.

Network of support

In addition to the support of your peers, you will be allocated:

  • a line manager who will not only provide you with general support and guidance but will act as your professional studies counsellor who will have a critical role to play in developing and supporting you throughout your professional studies;
  • a buddy to help ease you into your new role as well as providing on-going informal support, introducing you to a social network and being a starting point for general queries; and
  • you will get support, encouragement and opportunities to grow. You will join people who are as enthusiastic about your development as you are and who are just as keen to see you do well.

Your role

You will play a part in the audit of over 800 public bodies across Wales, ensuring the work you do makes a real difference to the citizens of Wales. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally, whilst studying for your accountancy qualification and being supported in a full learning and
development programme.

Every element of an audit contributes to the big picture and your day-to-day work on our graduate programme plays a key part in that.

Your career as an auditor begins as soon as you join us. Alongside the professional qualification training, you’ll join audit teams and get hands-on experience with our clients, working with them either from their offices, or virtually, either from home or from one of our offices. You’ll need to be a people person, tenacious and resilient.

You’ll be doing a range of financial accounts work to check that data is accurate and highlighting and questioning any inaccuracies through regular contact with Finance and other professionals.

Our training programme provides you with the opportunity to work across a wide range of clients, including:

  • Welsh Government and associated sponsored bodies
  • Health boards
  • Local authorities
  • Police/fire and rescue services

You’ll also get involved with grants certification work, data analytics, governance and value for money work.

While our client base is Wales wide, our staff are based within geographical areas (South Wales, North Wales and West Wales) and are expected to travel to various client offices throughout this geographical area. It’s worth noting that due to this geographical spread, you may find it beneficial to be able to drive, making travel between clients more accessible. However, if you can’t drive or are unable to due to an impairment, you will be provided with reimbursement for alternative travel arrangements.

You will also learn how to establish and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally. You will do this alongside studying for your accountancy qualification and being supported in a full learning and development programme, which culminates in achieving an ILM level 3 award.

In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a secondment within another public sector body where you will be able to gain a greater breadth of direct knowledge and experience of public services in Wales and qualify for a level 3 award
from the Institute of Leadership and Management. An excellent steppingstone for your career.

While there is no guarantee of a permanent position at the end of the four-year programme, Audit Wales will provide support and opportunities from across the wider public sector to support your career opportunities. To date, all of our gradate trainees have secured permanent roles in a wide range of organisations across both the public and private sector at the end of their training contracts.

Who we are

We’re an organisation that has reach across Wales’s entire public sector, auditing public spending of some £19 billion annually. On behalf of the people of Wales, we examine public spending and identify ways to improve public services. Our work supports the effective scrutiny of public money by the Senedd and locally elected representatives, and we are entirely independent of government. Our purpose is to:

  • Assure the people of Wales that public money is well managed
  • Explain how public money is being used to meet people’s needs
  • Inspire and empower the Welsh public sector to improve

You can read more about our organisation and our work for the future in our video and also our Annual Plan.
Audit Wales is a fun and friendly place to work, with an incredibly supportive culture and one where we’re working hard to truly embed our values and behaviours in all that we do and how we do it.

We embrace diversity in all its forms so welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and with many different skills, experiences and perspectives. This is what helps us to create a GREAT place to work and make an even bigger difference through
the work we do across Wales.

We want to strengthen our workforce diversity particularly in terms of people who are black, Asian, or from other ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, people who are carers and people who are LGBT+. Find out more about our approach to diversity and inclusion on our website.

At least three of our graduate roles are Welsh essential but this is not a requirement for all other roles, but there will be lots of opportunities for you to learn Welsh, if you are interested. All appointments will be made on merit against the person specification in this pack.
We’re committed to working smarter, we’ve got great technology that supports us, we’re building our coaching skills to empower and inspire each other, and we invest heavily in ongoing learning and development.

Your benefits

We pride ourselves on the pay and benefits we offer, what you can expect are:

  • Starting salary competitive £25,300
  • Fully paid accountancy training with the Institute of Accountants England and
  • Wales (ICAEW)
  • First class accountancy training with an external provider, with exam pass rates above the national average
  • Tuition delivered through a block release programme of study
  • Fully funded exam leave
  • 33 days annual leave (plus public holidays)
  • Access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working with a mix of home and office-based work

Take a look at graduate recruitment web pages for further details of the benefits available.

If this opportunity excites you and you have the right skills, aptitude and motivation, we want to hear from you. Call my colleague Morgan Vaughan on 02920 320519 if you’d like to chat to us before you apply.

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