Local Government Graduate Finance Programme

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Be the Future of Public Finance

If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding career where you can make a real impact on real people’s lives, then the Local Government Graduate Finance Programme is for you.

Every year, this scheme brings together local authorities and other public services to recruit and train graduates who want to pursue a career in public finance. This year, you have the opportunity to join one of ten London boroughs on a four-year contract, during which time you’ll gain exposure to every aspect of public finance while studying towards the prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Professional Qualification.

Your first steps into senior management

The scheme is designed to give you the experience, knowledge and understanding you need to be a future leader in the world of public finance. It provides a rich variety of training and exposure, with opportunities to contribute to all kinds of project initiatives and operational work that will be tailored to your development needs.

Some of the many areas you could get involved in include budget preparation and monitoring, payroll, pensions, treasury, systems, internal audit and accounting. By the end of the scheme, you’ll have the qualifications, confidence and know-how to take on the first big management challenge of your career.

What you will need

We’re looking for graduates who are driven to lead and succeed, who aren’t afraid of taking on new challenges, and who have a genuine desire to make a difference. Other must-haves include:

  • Minimum 2:1 degree in any subject (expected or achieved)
  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent (Grade 4 or above)
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong numeracy and computer literacy
  • Availability from July 2023 (while most Boroughs will start their Graduate Programme from September, some may commence earlier)

What we offer

Four years working, training and studying on this scheme will prepare you for senior management roles in public sector finance, where you’ll have the chance to influence key decisions that enhance thousands of people’s lives.

From day one, you’ll enjoy:

  • Job security provided by a fixed-term four-year contract
  • Excellent benefits including competitive salary, pension scheme and generous holiday allowance
  • Flexible working environment with strong commitment to work/life balance

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