Graduate Trainee Accountant - Essex

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Find out everything you need to know about our ACA training opportunities

To qualify as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) you have to sign a 3-year training contract. During the contract you get paid a highly competitive annual salary and have all of your training fees paid by your employer. In addition to this, your firm will ensure you have the right level of approved practical experience to become qualified.

All our students train with a leading firm of national tutors. Full paid study leave is given and approximately 24 weeks are spent at tutors during your training contract. In addition to this, you will also attend high quality practical courses, which are written and run by HAT (these are not normally available if you chose to train with a small firm). But let's not forget, it's not all about courses; you will have a lot to learn in the workplace too. By training with a HAT firm you won't spend months on one section of the same audit. You will soon be responsible for completing a whole range of assignments including accountancy, audit and giving business advice to a wide variety of clients. You will receive support every step of the way, from exam tutors, colleagues, your training partner and from the HAT team, which is why, on average 88% of our students pass first time!


We are looking for 2 ACA trainees to join our HAT member firm in Essex. The roles are to start ASAP.

Closing date

We do not operate a fixed closing date. When all of our roles have been filled, we will stop accepting applications.

Minimum academic criteria

You will need at least a 2.1 degree classification in any discipline, with consistently strong module results throughout your degree. We also look for a minimum of 3 Cs at A-level, and at a minimum of B at GCSE maths and C at GCSE English.

Selection Procedure

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Job Firms

The Audit Trainee will carry out various duties, to assist other staff in the Department and if necessary, other departments, and to obtain experience of accounts preparation and audit work to complement ACA studies.


  • To carry out audit and accounts assignments either in the office or at client’s premises using IT systems and ensuring processes adhered to
  • To attend audits and complete assigned tasks (e.g. testing) as briefed by Senior/Supervisor
  • To carry out basic accounts preparation work including dealing with sole traders, partnerships and limited companies; analysis and reconciliation work.
  • Preparing draft accounts of smaller assignments.
  • The preparation of VAT Returns for clients, under the supervision of more senior staff.
  • Liaising with clients in person, by phone or by e-mail as required ensuring Firm’s standards adhered to
  • Any other tasks to ensure the smooth running of the department


HAT Group of Accountants

HAT is a training consortium of 60 small to medium-sized firms of accountants. HAT recruits ACA & ACCA trainees on behalf of our full member firms, which range in size from just 3 partners and 15 professional staff, up to 30 partners and over 150 professional staff.

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