At the NAO, our position is unique, and our work is extraordinarily
influential. Totally and distinctively independent of government, we
scrutinise public spending for Parliament and investigate major
government projects and programmes. This means we work for, and for the
good of, all citizens in our country. We help our economy and society
work better – supporting and enabling improvements in financial
management and the way vital public services are delivered right across
the public sector to millions of people every day.
For you, this
means work that has a real purpose, and offers greater challenge and
variety. You’ll contribute to audits and projects that scrutinise
government’s use of resources and help drive improvement in our clients
businesses. Our work informs debates and influences some of the biggest
decisions that government makes. You’ll collaborate and work in teams
with dedicated and talented people to deliver high quality work that
makes a difference.
Apply: National Audit Office scheme
- Name: Sophie Judd
- Role: Auditor
- Joined: 2014
- University: University of Exeter
- Degree: History
" I did a History degree and dropped Maths after GCSE, that wouldn’t set
me back in my career as a Chartered Accountant."
I’m a third year trainee who joined the NAO in 2014. I worked on the
Health team throughout my training contract, which I’ve found hugely
rewarding. I decided to join the NAO because I knew I wanted to get the
ACA, and I thought it would be really great to be able to train
somewhere that I’d be able to make a real difference. Talking to people
here as I was applying showed me that even though I did a History degree
and dropped Maths after GCSE, that wouldn’t set me back in my career as
a Chartered Accountant.
Training & Profiles
Our three-year graduate training programme will see you right through to
qualification as an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Our pass
rates are consistently at or above the national average, meaning you’ll
soon be opening up a world of great career possibilities. Joining us means
you will get responsibility from an early stage in your career and will
play a key role in helping us make a positive impact. You will help
deliver our financial audit work and will also have opportunities to work
on our high profile value for money studies and a range of other assurance
work to help our clients – for example you could help to improve the
performance of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and The Royal Household. Our
unique role will give you access to people, places and experiences that
are only available to those working at the NAO.
Application Procedure Our process involves the following:
- Stage 1 - on-line application and numerical reasoning
• Stage 2 - preliminary telephone interview.
3 - 1 day assessment centre.
The NAO will cover reasonable expenses for attending all assessments.
Our eight-week summer internship programme
offers places to 12-16 undergraduates from an ethnic minority or lower
socioeconomic background who are about to enter their final year at
university. Interns gain valuable insights and experience into the
unique work of the NAO and the opportunity to strengthen their
professional network. At the end of the programme all interns can
undertake the graduate assessment centre and if successful will be
offered a place on our graduate scheme.
Who we are looking for
Successful candidates join us from a
diverse range of backgrounds and there is no such thing as a typical NAO
graduate trainee. We value the unique perspective, insight, talent and
contribution each individual brings. We accept applications from
graduates in any degree subject, we do however have some minimum
criteria you will need to meet:
- 300 UCAS points or equivalent from your top 3 A Level grades (or
equivalent). General Studies does not count.
• Minimum 2.1 degree in
any subject (achieved or expected).
• You must be a UK, Commonwealth,
EEA or Swiss national to comply with Civil Service nationality rules and
must hold a valid work permit. We are not able to sponsor work visas.
In addition to your academic qualifications we look at your competence
in eight key areas. By competence we mean the skills and behaviours that
you will need to demonstrate to be a successful Graduate Trainee at the