About us

Looking for a fulfilling career? One that can have a wider impact on society? At Grant Thornton, that's precisely what we offer. A career where you can have your ideas implemented. Your opinions heard. Your contributions valued. Not just by your colleagues, but by coveted clients. So bring your passion, ambitions and inspiration, and together let’s make it happen.

We believe we’re best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. After all, we provide organisations with the business and financial advice they need to make big decisions and unlock sustainable growth. As one of our trainees, you’ll help us provide our clients with the insight and ideas they need for the future of their business.

Here, we do things differently. We give our people the freedom to drive change and shape their own destinies. Free to be themselves, our people are inspired to make a difference. Our collaborative culture means we share ideas as well as the responsibility for making them happen. While our fresh thinking and agile working helps businesses, communities and our people to flourish. Read on to discover why we’re such a great place for graduates, school leavers, interns and placements to launch their careers.

We are an inclusive employer and committed to ensure our workforce is representative of our diverse society. We therefore make reasonable adjustments and adaptions to our recruitment process to ensure it is inclusive for anyone who wishes to apply.

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We work with banks, regulators and government to rebuild trust. We work with dynamic organisations to help them grow. And we work with the public sector to build a business environment that supports growth, including national and local public services.

Being part of a dynamic global firm driven by independent thinkers, we provide high quality business and financial advice to a wide range of clients in countries all over the world.

Business Areas

Our clients are operating in uncertain times. It’s our role as an auditor to act independently to support trust and integrity in the business.

Right from the start, you’ll develop relationships built on credibility and trust with clients across a wide range of sectors. As you will get to spend time with clients at their sites, you’ll get to the heart of how they work and what challenges they face. You’ll learn how to provide the business and financial advice they need to grow and make the right decisions about the future. With a relentless focus on quality and integrity, you'll help our clients to flourish.

We’re the number one supplier of public sector audit services to local governments and the NHS and you could specialise in public sector audit dealing with government departments, public services and local authorities. Not only can you make a difference to your clients, you will make a difference to vital health and public services that improve lives up and down the country and help to create environments where businesses and people flourish.

Whether you are in commercial or public sector audit, your role will be challenging, rewarding and interesting. You’ll get hands-on experience of different aspects of audit, working on all kinds of projects that range from a few days to up to eight weeks. One day you could find yourself examining financial records and carrying out audit tests. The next you could be attending stocktakes or completing audit files.

As a graduate or school leaver you'll study towards one of these professional qualifications, depending on the office you join and whether you want to specialise:

  • School leavers - AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) within your first two years
  • Offices in England and Wales - ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant)
  • Offices in Scotland - CA (Chartered Accountant)
  • If you choose to specialise in public sector audit, you’ll do CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) or ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant)

Our clients rely on us to make sure they do the right thing and are operating within the law. Providing advice on their business goals and bringing them commercial insight, we help them build sustainable growth and operate with integrity.

If you want to be at the forefront of business issues then you could be a perfect match for tax. The work you’ll do with your clients is of huge importance. After all, bad tax advice can lead to damaged reputations and expensive consequences. You’ll help your clients manage their tax obligations efficiently and responsibly. From early on, you could have your own client portfolio.

We’ve a variety of corporate and specialist tax teams here. Whichever one you join, you’ll gain hands-on experience, working with a variety of dynamic clients, from organisations in media and entertainment to finance to charities. We’ll help you to learn how to interpret complex legislation, deliver different solutions and provide our clients with clear advice and recommendations they can count on.

Our tax advisers provide expertise in such areas as corporate tax, employer solutions, innovation, financial services tax, private client, real estate, tax investigations, transfer pricing, restructuring, trusts and VAT. It’s an area that offers lots of variety and opportunities to specialise.

As a graduate or school leaver you'll study towards one of these professional qualifications:

  • School leavers - AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) within your first two years
  • Offices in England and Wales - ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) or ATT (Association of Tax Technicians). Many of our trainees go on to complete CTA (Chartered Tax Adviser)
  • Offices in Scotland - CA (Chartered Accountant)

The work our advisory trainees do with our clients is of huge importance.  As part of advisory, you’ll ask questions to our clients and pay attention to responses to understand their needs. You’ll develop solutions tailored to our clients' organisations challenges and markets, delivering on unique requirements and objectives. Which means our advisory trainees have lots of responsibility.

It takes tenacity, a keen eye for detail and a real passion for helping all kinds of businesses. Is this you? And are you ready for the challenge?

We’ve a wide range of advisory teams, providing advice in such areas as actuarial, business consulting, business and technology risk, corporate finance, financial services, forensics and investigations, government and infrastructure, insolvency, public services, restructuring, transaction advisory and valuations. This is a fast-growing area that offers plenty of variety, opportunities, and interesting work.

Whichever team you join you’ll also study towards one of these professional qualifications:

  • School leavers - AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) within your first two years
  • Offices in England and Wales - ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant)
  • Offices in Scotland - CA (Chartered Accountant)

Positive action interview scheme

We are an inclusive employer and committed to ensure our workforce is representative of our diverse society. We therefore make reasonable adjustments and adaptions to our recruitment process to ensure it is inclusive for anyone who wishes to apply.

For Trainee Recruitment we offer a guaranteed place for our Experience Day, if successful through all the application stages (online application form, online tests and a digital interview).  The Experience Day is our final stage of the assessment process it includes; a group exercise and one interview.  Adjustments can be made for the format of the interview or experience day to suit the needs of the individual. If adjustments are required at any stage of the process or to discuss the options we can provide please get in contact with us. 

If you wish to apply in a different format, please contact us on traineerecruitment@uk.gt.com and we will respond using your preferred method of contact, to discuss your application.

We are a Disability Committed employer and we work very closely with the Business Disability Forum to ensure our recruitment practices are inclusive and open to all. If you would like to speak to anyone about making a reasonable adjustment or our positive action interview scheme, please contact us on the above email address.