Join our school or college leaver programme

School or college leaver programme

Join our school or college leaver programme

You don’t need to have come straight from school or college to apply for our school or college leaver programme. No matter what your background, our school or college leaver programme is designed to develop your skills and expertise in audit and provide formal training and study towards a professional accountancy qualification over the five-year programme.

You will earn a competitive salary while gaining on-the-job experience and studying towards an Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) qualification.

Our school or college leaver programme includes full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS. You’ll get a prestigious, internationally recognised qualification, while being involved in varied and interesting work. Benefits include a competitive salary, which increases on completion of exams, 42 days holiday per year and the opportunity to be involved in work across Scotland.

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Why join us

Get full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS

Receive a starting salary of £22,421 and bonus potential

Have fantastic job opportunities when you qualify

Help audit over 40 billion pounds of public money

Benefit from flexible working

Connect with people from all over Scotland as you work on audits

The best public sector accountancy training scheme in Scotland

We’re in the business of training highly skilled trainees who interpret financial and performance information so important decisions can be made. This is a vital role, and one that will give you the best possible beginning to your career.

If you’re looking for a world-class business career that offers prestige, respect, great prospects and excellent financial rewards, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with us is the perfect place to start.  For this reason, we’ve created a tailored pay and benefits package which will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your career.

As part of a commitment to deliver work of the highest quality and to adopt the highest professional standards and practices, we offer a Professional Qualification Scheme (PQS) for trainee auditors. Our scheme provides training and development, with plenty ofhands-on work experience and support as you complete your Chartered Accountancy (CA) qualification with ICAS. From day one you’ll have the opportunity to be a valued member of our audit teams, working with different public bodies, taking on more responsibility as you build your skills and experience during your five years training. All our trainees spend a significant amount of their time working as financial auditors and some will also spend time working as performance auditors.


ICAS qualification

A starting salary of £22,421

Career development

Study leave

Annual leave entitlement

38 days holiday and 4 fixed public holidays


19.4% employer contribution

Life assurance

Medical check-ups

Learning and development

Support from our diversity networks

Paid professional subscriptions

Season ticket loan

Cycle to work scheme

Free employee assistance program

Work culture

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