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Trainee Accountant

At a glance

Hackney Council
£32,301-£42,609 per annum
Closing date
Apprenticeship, Full Time

This is an exciting opportunity to become a Trainee Accountant for a dynamic and diverse Local Authority. 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.

The Role

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.

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.

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:

Prior Education and Experience:
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 must also fulfill a local link to Hackney by meeting one of these criteria:

  • You are a current resident of the London Borough of Hackney
  • You are a current student at a Hackney education institution (school, college, university, PRU/alternative provision, Adult Learning provision)
  • You are a former student at a Hackney secondary education institution and completed at least one GCSE or equivalent Level 2 qualification there
  • You are a current or former recipient of Hackney leaving care services.

NB – we will ask for proof of your link to the borough (e.g. proof of address, school/college registration/certificates)

Residency and Citizenship:

  • You must hold a British or EEA passport or have permission from the UK government to live in the UK
  • You must have been resident in the UK or EEA for at least the last three years.

It is important that you read the full eligibility criteria on the Job Description and Person Specification on the advert.

You will not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you already hold a Level 7 qualification in Accounting or Finance. (You must be able to evidence that you meet the eligibility criteria, you will not be eligible if you cannot provide this evidence.)

About You

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 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.

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


All eligible applicants will be invited to attend an assessment session where you will be asked to participate in group activities. This will allow the team to assess your suitability for the role and decide if you are shortlisted for the next stage. You must be able to attend this session, to progress to the next stage.

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under-represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available:

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