Audit Wales is an organisation that has reach across Wales’s entire public sector, auditing public spending of some £19 billion annually.
Who we are
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 £26,059
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
Our application process is a mix of a short application form and the submission of your CV and a short covering letter detailing your interest in the role.
We are looking for candidates who not only meet our academic criteria but are showing a clear interest in the programme and the public sector. In writing your covering letter ensure that you tell
us a little about yourself and the skills and experiences you have and how those will help you 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.
We are always impressed by people who are enthusiastic about the work of the Wales Audit Office 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 application is marked by our trained screeners. If you meet the minimum mark required, you will be progressed to Stage 2, the completion of psychometric tests.
The application form is your opportunity to sell yourself and set yourself apart from other applicants. Try and ensure to that you understand the role, and the organisation and this is reflected in the covering letter.
Stage Two – Psychometric Tests
You will be asked to complete a couple of psychometric tests. These tests reflect the skills and aptitude we are looking for in the graduate role.
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 Three – Assessment Centre
No change to current profile
Stage Four – Final Interview
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.