Finance Graduate Trainee (Hybrid)



Location: Colindale

Duration: 30 Months

About Barnet

At the London Borough of Barnet (LBB), a career in finance and accounting is not just about the numbers - it’s about making a difference.

If you are passionate about working to support local communities, the LBB graduate programme might just be for you.

Our programme

Our three-and-a-half-year accountancy graduate scheme ensures you experience the major finance functions of the council, whilst shaping you to become one of our finance leaders of the future, developing your leadership and strategic thinking.

Here at Barnet, we place a strong emphasis on personal development and as a result, support our trainees by providing them with a dedicated mentor who will support them through this career changing journey, alongside a close-knit, collaborative finance team who will be there to guide you having taken the same path to become successful in their own careers.

We are partnered with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), who deliver a world-class three-year professional accountancy qualification. A qualification that you will study alongside your everyday duties here at Barnet; All training is fully funded by the Council, overseen by a supportive senior leadership team and unlike some other Graduate programmes, Barnet will allow you to have fully funded college days during your work week, meaning the learning in your own time is reduced.

Diversity and Inclusion

At LBB, inclusion and diversity are central to our values. We have a genuine focus on inclusion enabling our staff to feel supported, respected, and confident.

We also have a wide range of staff networks ensuring that people of all characteristics are provided with a safe space to have real, honest conversations on and around work-life experience, as well as highlighting areas for both improvement and success.

As an inclusive employer, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from all communities all backgrounds.

What is in it for you?

  • Funded professional accountancy qualification with CIPFA, as well as performance bonuses for each module successfully completed
  • Paid 20% off the job training which includes your college days
  • Expert guidance and mentoring throughout the programme both internally and externally
  • Diverse long-term career opportunities at Barnet Council upon completion of the scheme
  • Access to a suite of inhouse training courses and events, tailored to you to maximise your professional and personal development
  • Remote/hybrid working
  • 30 days annual leave
  • Very generous pension scheme – up to 26% contribution.

About you

You will be self-driven, with an ability to grasp new concepts quickly, research independently, have a natural aptitude for problem solving and above all, have a curiosity for how things work and how to do things better, in order to best serve our residents. Strong numeric, written, and analytical skills are essential to be successful in this role, as well as the ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders. The capacity to self-study in an autonomous and effective manner and pass exams is also critical to your success in this post.


  • Have, or are expected to achieve, a minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline
  • To have the right to work in the UK
  • Willing to commute.

How to apply

Read through the job description and person specification and complete the online application form by clicking Apply Now. If you would like any further information about the role before applying, please contact Dylan Sands-Davies, CIPFA Graduate Trainee,

Due to the high number of applications that are received for some posts we may close vacancies before the stated closing date if sufficient number of applications are received. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible.

Please ensure you regularly check the email account (including JUNK MAIL folders) that you use to submit your application, as any further communication regarding your application will be sent electronically. Should you not hear from us within four working weeks of the closing date for this post, then regretfully in this instance, you have not been shortlisted.

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London Borough of Barnet

Barnet is the largest and most family friendly council in London. We are passionate about working together to deliver services trusted by our community. We are on a constant search for innovative and caring people who are ready to take Barnet to the next level.

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