About Audit Wales
Audit Wales is an organisation that has reach across Wales’s entire public sector, auditing public spending of some £19 billion annually.
Audit Wales is the trademark of our two legal entities: the Auditor General for Wales and the Wales Audit Office. Each has its own particular powers and duties:
The Auditor General audits and reports on Welsh public bodies.
The Wales Audit Office provides staff and other resources for the Auditor General’s work, and monitors and advises the Auditor General.
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
Alongside our mission, our aspirations are:
- to fully exploit our unique perspective, expertise and depth of insight across the welsh public sector,
- to strengthen our position as an authoritative, trusted and independent voice; and
- to increase our visibility, influence and relevance, alongside being a model organisation for the public sector in Wales and beyond.
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’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 our graduate trainees, what you can expect are:
- Starting salary competitive circa £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.
Stage 1: online application
We will initially review your application to ensure it matches our academic requirements. If you meet the academic requirements, we will assess your personal statement.
We are looking for candidates to tell us a little about themselves and the skills and experiences they have and how those will help them in the trainee role. We want to see evidence of your commitment to the public sector and to earning and learning as a trainee accountant.
If you use examples these can be from (but are not limited to) your time at university/school, work experience such as part-time jobs at school or university, or any extracurricular activities you’ve been involved in.
We are always impressed by people who are enthusiastic about the work of Audit Wales and how they feel they can contribute to it, so we would encourage you to do some research and think about how you picture yourself working with us.
Once completed, your personal statement is marked by our trained screeners. If you meet the minimum mark required, you will be progressed to Stage 2.
Tip: The personal statement allows you to write up to 1000 words. While we don’t expect you to necessarily use all of the word allowance those statements that are particularly short are unlikely to convey all of the information, we are looking for so think carefully about this. The application form is your opportunity to sell yourself and set yourself apart from other applicants.
At this point we will also invite you to complete online psychometric tests.
Tip: We recommend you do at least one practice of each test first before completing the tests. This will give you a feel for the types of questions asked and how long they will take you to answer. It’s a great way to prepare, helping you relax and perform to the best of your ability.
Stage 2: assessment centre
This will involve a number of individual and group exercises where you are assessed against the job description/person specification and the values and behaviours.
Further details regarding the assessment centre will be provided if you are invited to attend.
If you are successful at the assessment centre, you will be invited to stage 3 of the assessment process.
Stage 3: interview and presentation
The final interview is a panel-based interview which will also provide you with the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions about our organisation and the training programme.
Stage 4: offer
Successful applicants will have performed well in all aspects of the assessment process.
If you are successful, we will make you an offer conditional upon a number of pre-employment checks including security and verification of your academic grades entered on your application.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an assessment centre.
Culture and Values
At Audit Wales, our organisation is a relaxed and friendly place to work. We have 5 GREAT behaviours - genuine, respectful, energetic, adaptable and trustworthy and these behaviours under pin our 6 values - independence, integrity, innovation, fairness, collaboration and future focused.
We are currently working from home, but we fully expect that we will operate a hybrid working model going forward with staff trusted to work from where suits them best but with the expectation that staff will attend the office when business needs.
Equality and Diversity
We are committed to providing a work environment that values the diversity of all people, and we fully support the rights of people to be treated with dignity and respect. This applies both to our own staff and to those with whom we come into contact during our work.
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.
We are aligned to Disability Confident, Stonewall, Working Families.