Graduate Chartered Accountancy Scheme - London

Salary: £29,168 + benefits
Location: London
Start date: Sep-2018
Sectors: Accounting, Public Sector, Research & Analysis

How does the NAO graduate training scheme work?

Being a graduate trainee at the NAO gives you the chance to be part of work that has a real impact on the nation – you will help us to help the nation spend wisely straight away by contributing to our audits and other high profile projects. Alongside that, our fully-funded three-year ACA training programme sees you right through to qualification as an associate chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The ACA demands lots of hard work and dedication on your part but you will benefit from significant support along the way:

• First class tuition run by a leading provider, giving you guidance and support throughout your studies.
• 25 weeks’ paid study leave in block release to maximise your success
• Relevant and varied work experience with challenges you can rise to and learn from
• Work in teams committed to success
• An excellent system of support from NAO colleagues all the way through
• An NAO ‘buddy’ from our more experienced Trainees, who will answer your questions during those first few months
• Opportunities to develop a wide range of technical and professional skills as well as management and leadership skills

Right from the start, you’ll contribute to work that matters. Whatever you work on it all serves to help hold government to account for the way it uses public money and helps to promote improvements in public service delivery – from health to education to justice to overseas development to the BBC and Bank of England - and much more. .

What do we look for in an applicant?

There is no such thing as a typical NAO graduate trainee. We accept applications from all degree disciplines. We look for a 2:1 or above degree in any subject (achieved or expected) and 300 UCAS points or equivalent from your top three A-level grades (or equivalent) not including General Studies. If you have 280 UCAS points (or equivalent) you may be eligible to apply based on the context of your educational and personal circumstances – please contact for further details.

We assess candidates against a number of competencies including communication, teamwork and analytical ability, further details can be found on our website. We encourage candidates to make themselves familiar with these to consider how they can demonstrate these attributes.

How can you stand out?

As we accept any degree subject and welcome diversity in all its forms, we would like to think that everyone stands out in their own, unique way. You are able to make their mark in a number of ways though, from being passionate about the public sector to demonstrating how our scheme will further your development and aid your aspirations. We are always impressed by people who are enthusiastic about our work and how they feel they can contribute to it, so we would encourage people to do some research and think about how they see themselves working with us.

Your development and career

Our work isn’t easy, and the scheme isn’t easy. You’ll have to be at your best and step up to challenges. But we’ll support and help you.

For a start, we’ll give you plenty of time and support to get your ACA qualification.

Our learning and development offering is excellent, combining: formal training courses on aspects of accounting and auditing as well as management and leadership skills; learning through our work; and learning from other colleagues.

Looking further ahead we run talent programmes which identify, support and develop those with the potential to reach our most senior levels. The more you develop and achieve, the more career options open up for you. After qualifying there are opportunities to specialise in financial audit or value for money work, or to be more involved in others areas of our work including investigations or support to Parliament.

All across the NAO you’ll find people in senior roles and leadership positions who started with us as Trainees.

Pay and other benefits

We have a competitive reward package which includes:

• A starting salary of £29,168 (London) or £23,320 (Newcastle) which will increase year-on-year and be subject to increases for success in exams to take it around £36,000 (London) and £30,000 (Newcastle).
• After qualifying graduates may be offered a permanent position as an Audit Principal, starting salaries for Audit Principal are in the region of £50,000 (London) and £40,000 (Newcastle).
• 30 days’ holiday (including public holidays)
• Fully paid 25 weeks study leave in block release
• Interest free season ticket loan
• An attractive and secure pension scheme funded through significant employer contributions.

How can graduates find out more about NAO?

Visit to find out more about why you should join us. For insights and tips from our current graduate trainees, please visit the NAO graduate blog at

To apply, click here or apply via the apply button below.