Graduate Trainee Programme

Do you have an interest in the Public Sector in Wales and a passion to make a difference? Do you want a career that counts? Our graduate programme may be just what you’re looking for!

If you choose to join us, you will be fully supported to achieve an internationally recognised and highly acclaimed ICAEW accountancy qualification.

Working with a number of teams across the Wales Audit Office, you will have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in various aspects of our financial and performance audit work.

In addition, you will benefit from the opportunity to develop many other skills including leadership, critical thinking and emotional intelligence culminating in an ILM recognised qualification.

Our Graduate Programme also offers the unique opportunity to undertake secondments; this could be internally or across the wider Public Sector and to other publically funded organisations.  We cover the whole of Wales and as a member of audit staff you will be expected to travel to various client offices.

A career at the Wales Audit Office is not just about the numbers, it’s about making a difference – a career that really does count!

The 2018 Graduate Trainee programme is now open and interested applicants can apply using our WAO e-recruitment portal [opens in new window].

For further information about the programme select an option from the list:

  1. Who are we looking for?
  2. What can we offer you?
  3. What will you be doing?
  4. How do we select our trainees?

Who are we looking for?

Regardless of degree discipline, we are looking for individuals with a strong academic background who are committed to improving public sector services and see themselves as the future leaders within the public sector in Wales.  We are genuinely interested in who you are, your strengths and your potential.  

We are looking for individuals who are:

  • naturally inquisitive, confident to challenge and to be challenged but in a professional  manner;

  • show strong attention to detail while being able to see the bigger picture;

  • demonstrate a results focussed attitude, responsible for meeting your own objectives, delivering to time, budget and quality;

  • demonstrate strong planning and organisational skills;

  • demonstrate a strong team working ethos; and

  • have a desire to continually develop yourself and ensure your knowledge and skills are kept up to date.

Whilst we’re looking for individuals with a strong academic record, we will also be considering what else the applicant has to offer – be it strong personal or professional achievements. 

Further information about the skills and abilities required for the role can be found in our job specification [opens in new window].

Do you speak Welsh?

While the ability to communicate in Welsh is not an essential requirement for all trainees, we do consider it to be essential for a small number of the roles.  Those applicants who are Welsh speakers will need have the ability to communicate effectively in Welsh, both verbally and in writing, as well as understand and interpret Welsh documents. Should you wish to discuss the level of Welsh language ability required, please contact us.

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What can we offer you?

The Graduate Programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake a wide range of financial audit work as well as undertake value for money reviews.

In addition to enjoying the employee benefits, such as a competitive salary and pension, a transport allowance (where eligible), salary advance of up to £1500 for a tenancy deposit, generous holiday entitlement and flexible arrangements, you will also receive the following:

Study package 

This will include full financial support (membership subscription, tuition/revision, study material, examination entry) and generous study leave days. This package helps you study towards a recognised professional accountancy qualification (we are accredited as a training organisation with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)). Please note, we are currently supporting graduates through the ICAEW route.

Network of support

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

  • a line manager to provide you with general support and guidance
  • 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
  • a professional studies counsellor who will have a critical role to play in developing and supporting you throughout your professional studies. 

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.

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What will you be doing?

Our trainees work with a number of teams across the financial and performance audit practices as well as other business areas such as our Finance team. You will gain knowledge and experience in the different technical aspects of financial and performance audit work. You will also learn how to establish and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally. We cover the whole of Wales and audit staff will be expected to travel to various client offices. Therefore the ability to drive or learning to drive is an essential requirement of this role.

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How do we select our trainees?

Stage 1: online application

We will review your application responses to the 3 mandatory questions to see if you have shown you have the potential, strengths and experience alongside a strong academic record. 

If your answers meet our essential criteria and demonstrate the skills and competencies that we‘re looking for you will be invited to our assessment centre.

Stage 2: assessment centre

This will involve a number of individual and group exercises where you are assessed against our competencies. 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

You will be asked to prepare, in advance, a 5-10 minute presentation to deliver in front of a small panel, followed by a short series of questions based on your presentation. You will then participate in a 45 minute competency-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.

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Further information

If you have any questions regarding, our graduate trainee scheme, selection process or have any specific requirements, please contact the HR team on 029 2032 0540 or email: audittrainee.recruitment@audit.wales.