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Trainee Accountant – Apprenticeship

At a glance

Hackney Council
£35,223 to £45,711
Closing date
Fixed Term
36 hours per week

We will be recruiting two Trainee Accountants and are looking for people who are passionate about finance, aware of the demands on Local Authorities and who are dedicated to their own learning and development.

The programme 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.

During your time on this programme, you will complete your qualifications as part of the Level 7 Accountancy Professional Apprenticeship. This will be run by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA.) Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply for CIPFA Membership with professional chartered accountant status. At least 20% of your employed time will be spent on training and development opportunities.

More information about the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours you will gain from this programme can be found by clicking here.

You will also have access to the apprenticeship development, networking and progression workshops that we run regularly.

For this position, the minimum age is 18 and you must already have both of the following:

– 5 GCSEs A-B / 6-9 including maths and English OR Functional Skills at Level 2.

– A minimum 2:1 degree in any subject OR hold the Level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification with at least 2 years experience.

You will not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you already hold a Level 7 qualification in Accounting or Finance.

We have additional set criteria for eligibility for our apprenticeship positions.

– Must be a resident of Hackney and/or

– Have been educated in Hackney and/or

– Received support from Hackney’s Leaving Care Services.

You must be able to evidence that you meet the eligibility criteria – please ensure that you have read the eligibility criteria in the Job Description & Person Specification. 

You will not be eligible if you cannot provide this evidence.

Hackney Council’s Apprenticeship Programme is designed to create quality opportunities for Hackney residents and Hackney school leavers. All of our programmes combine work and study towards a mandatory recognised qualification. As an apprentice with us, you will receive a competitive salary, holiday entitlement and a package of support.

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

– A commitment to undertake a qualification.

– Passion and enthusiasm.

– Reliability.

– Good organisational skills.

– A desire to deliver a high-quality service to Hackney residents.

– The ability to form good working relationships with others.

There are more than 100 apprentices at the Council. To find out more about what it is like to be an apprentice at Hackney Council – check out our Apprentice Blog. If you have any questions about this role, please contact

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

There will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience and relate them to the job description. Please take your time and answer these questions as fully as you can. You do not need to upload a CV.

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