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About Audit Wales

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

  • a competitive starting salary circa 21,000
  • travel allowance of 3350, subject to eligibility criteria
  • fully paid accountancy training and student membership of ICAEW
  • first class accountancy training with an external provider, with exam pass rates above the national average
  • salary advance of up to 1,500 for a tenancy deposit
  • 33 days annual leave (plus public holidays)
  • buying and selling annual leave (following the first anniversary of joining)
  • access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme
  • flexible working arrangements
  • a 35-hour working week, worked on a Monday to Friday basis.

Regardless of degree discipline, we are looking for individuals with a very good academic background who are committed to improving public services and see themselves as the future leaders within the public sector in Wales.
If you have an impressive academic record with a minimum of:

  • An upper second-class degree in any discipline, except where you have achieved higher level academic qualification
  • Good academic results at A level
  • Good GCSEs, including grade B in Maths and grade C English

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.
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.
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.

Our trainees work with a number of teams across the audit services team as well as other business areas such as our Finance team. You will gain knowledge and experience in the different technical aspects of our audit work, for example the external audit at a number of different clients from across the public sector, grants certification work, data analytics, governance and value for money work.
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.

Public bodies are spread far and wide across Wales and as trainees you may be expected to travel to various client bodies across Wales. While we try and ensure that you work close to where you live, we can't guarantee this. However, we can guarantee that no two days will be the same and you will join an organisation committed to supporting the development of finance leaders of the future. Reasonable adjustments will be considered for those unable to drive due to an impairment.

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.

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Facts and figures
  • Number of employees: 251 to 500
Industry sectors
  • Public Sector Accounting