FAQs

We hope you can find all the information you need on our website, but to help below are a few of the questions we hear quite frequently when speaking to candidates. If you still have questions, speak to your recruiter or email traineerecruitment@uk.gt.com.

Approximately 650-700 roles per year across all programmes. We recruit around 500 trainees at school leaver and graduate level; around 40 summer interns; 50 12-month placements and around 80 Fixed Term Contract roles. We also offer a work experience programme for over 100 students. You could join us in one of the following locations: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton. Check our current available roles for more detail.

We’re committed to ensuring our application process is balanced, and this includes taking into account extenuating circumstances. When submitting your application please send any documentation with regards to your extenuating circumstances to traineerecruitment@uk.gt.com. This will then be reviewed alongside your application and assessments.

You will be able to apply to Grant Thornton, we’ll just need to work out which route is best – the trainee route or experienced hire. So we can work out which route is best please email traineerecruitment@uk.gt.com , detail your level of experience both in work and for your professional qualification. We’ll then chat to our Early Careers Team and let you know which role we recommend you apply for.

Any employment offers are subject to an applicant providing the necessary right to work documents that demonstrate the right to work and reside legally in the United Kingdom (UK). As an employer we must check that a job applicant is allowed to work in the UK before we can employ them. This means that you’ll be asked to provide evidence of your right to work during the early stages of our application process and you must be able to demonstrate your right to work in the UK for the duration of your employment with us.

To process visa applications for our trainee positions, we must ensure that all our trainee programmes meet the minimum salary criteria as advised by the Home Office. Unfortunately, a number of our programmes and locations do not meet the Home Office salary requirements and therefore we’re unable to accept applications from candidates requiring visa sponsorship for the following positions:

  • All school leaver programmes across the following locations:
    Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Northampton and Sheffield.
  • Tax school leaver roles in all locations
  • All trainee programmes for those who require Skilled Worker visa sponsorship, are not currently on a Student visa and who are 26 or above:
    The Home Office sets a higher minimum salary criteria for those it classes as an ‘experienced worker.’ Our trainee programmes do not currently meet this criteria. This is not a criteria for those aged 26 or above that are currently on a Student visa. Those candidates will continue through the standard trainee recruitment process.

For more information on this, and prior to submitting an application, we would encourage you to familiarise yourself with the latest guidance on the Gov.uk website to ensure you are eligible to apply and have the necessary right to work documents to help us proceed with your application.

Immigration rules are subject to change and the above information is correct as of December 2020.

We only welcome one trainee application per year. If you are unsuccessful you will need to re-apply in the following August or September, when we re-launch our application season. Think about the feedback you may have received and how you can develop these areas if reapplying.

Of course. You can apply for an interest free loan of £2,500 on your first day if you need it. The most important thing tov us is you feel settled and stress-free when you join Grant Thornton, so if there’s anything you’re struggling with, let us know.

There are no minimum requirements for our programmes other than the essentials such as right to work and being eligible for the programme, such as year of study. We take a holistic and balanced approach to assessment and we’re looking for candidates who demonstrate the behaviours were looking for across a range of assessments. This means we don’t form our decision on one assessment, instead we look at your potential across our full assessment process. Academic performance is one part of what we look at, but not the only part of you we consider. We're looking for well-rounded candidates who connect with our brand, values and culture and want to make a difference right from the start. As a trainee you'll be studying for a professional qualification. It's really important that you can balance study, revision and client work. It's going to be a challenging few years but being professionally qualified opens many doors and fast-tracks your career as an associate.

For our graduate and school leaver roles, you can apply for our January intake from August and for our Autumn intake from September. We expect to have filled a large number of our autumn roles by January. All our live vacancies are listed in the ‘apply’ section of our website. You can apply for 12-month placement roles from October and for our internship roles from December. We expect to have filled the majority of our roles by spring. We advise applying as early as you can once applications have opened for the programme you're interested in. We'll fill roles as we go, so the earlier you apply the more chance you've got securing a place in the area and location you want.

You may be asked to travel to client sites, so you will need to be prepared to be away from home for some periods of time, ranging from a day to several weeks depending on the assignment.

 

We see exposure to different business areas, sectors, internally or abroad, as part of our trainees’ development, and so support applications to do so. Formal secondments typically happen post-qualification to ensure you have the correct amount of knowledge and experience to pass your exams. We also have relationships with intermediaries such as banks and law firms, as well as with clients, and can also second people to them.

As a member of Grant Thornton International, with more than 56,000 people in over 140 countries we are a truly global organisation. So you’ll have plenty of potential for international exposure as you near qualification and beyond - either through secondments to other member firms or working on assignments abroad.