Graduate Trainee

Job Title: Graduate Trainee
Contract Type: Graduate
Location: Wales
Salary: 25,300
Reference: Grad2022
Contact Name: Sian Grainger
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 01, 2021 11:17

Job Description

Audit Wales is 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

As a Graduate Trainee with us 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.

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.