12 month placements
Our 2019 12-month placement applications are now open! Apply here.
Are you on a sandwich degree course? Do you want to experience a 12-month placement that will put you right at the heart of business? Then become a fully-fledged member of our team and enjoy the same responsibilities as our first-year graduates.
This year we welcomed over 100 new placements and interns! Watch our video highlights from this year's annual placement and internship conference.
Your placement will start with a two-day orientation event in London that includes a celebratory evening to kick-off the year. The next day, you’ll get to know your colleagues and students on other placements, while learning more about our business, vision and purpose.
'My first client in my second week was a pretty scary prospect. However, looking back now, I wish I never worried.' Sky
Our placements are an excellent way to get a unique insight into our business and experience what it’s like to provide vital business and financial advice to clients. Working on real projects, you’ll help our clients to grow and be encouraged to develop your skills every day. You’ll also be on the fast-track to a graduate offer if that’s what you want. Most students who join us on a placement go onto become a full-time trainee after graduation.
From the very beginning you’ll get a good grounding in what it takes to be a business adviser, working with your team at client sites, supported by a mentor and team buddy. Here, you won’t spend your time photocopying or making the coffee. You’ll learn all about our dynamic and ambitious firm and make a very real contribution, while experiencing first-hand, how we work with our clients to drive their growth.
We have placements in a diverse range of teams. Whichever area of the business you choose, you’ll join us at an exciting time and immerse yourself in our purpose of shaping a vibrant economy where businesses, people and communities can thrive.
Explore the different types of business areas our firm offers.
Our clients are operating in uncertain times. It's our job to work with them to help them to grow sustainably and fulfil their responsibilities. 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 in their offices, 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.
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.
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 have 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.
Working with businesses of all shapes and sizes, in advisory you’ll help a range of different clients whose businesses contribute to the growth of the economy in the UK, and beyond.
Getting involved with interesting and dynamic parts of the business cycle, you’ll work in a team that helps organisations either start up, expand or begin a new chapter. You’ll understand and get under the skin of our clients’ business strategy, and provide innovative solutions that unlock growth - our business advisers have lots of responsibility.
Your goal will be simple. To listen to clients, have insightful conversations and understand their business challenges and needs. And then provide the advice and solutions they need to achieve their future goals. 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?
Who we're looking for
We’re looking for talented people who want to be a part of something bigger. Free to be yourself, confident and approachable. You must be a great relationship builder who can inspire everyone around you with your energy and ideas.
You’ll help our clients to tackle their burning issues and future challenges. Listening hard and asking the right questions is at the heart of providing great business advice. We’ll enable and empower you to do just that, so you can show initiative and bring new ideas and perspectives to the table to help our clients and the wider economy to grow.
You should share our CLEARR values – Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility. Always striving to grow yourself, you should be driven to succeed with the ability to see tasks through to the end and remain agile, even when things don’t go to plan. Your ability to see the bigger picture and also drill down into the small detail will make you stand out from the crowd – a real natural when it comes to solving problems, you’ll be able to analyse the numbers and back them up with strategic advice. Being a part of a team is at the heart of how we work here – you’ll be able to balance working as part of a team and take ownership of the part you play.
What's in it for me?
Structured training. New experiences. A supportive team. Exciting real-life projects with our clients. A variety of career routes to explore. You can look forward to all of this and more. Helping to drive our business forward, you’ll have the opportunity to make a big impact with a firm that’s making a difference.
You’ll gain the knowledge and develop the skills you need to go on and become a trusted adviser with a deep understanding of business.
And if all of the above is not enough to keep you busy, you'll spend the course of your placement working on a firm-wide project, which is connected to our purpose, based on a nationwide issue, culminating in an end of placement presentation – placement students tell us they love the learning opportunity, the challenge and the opportunity to research and present on an important issue.
You'll develop new skills and build your business knowledge and confidence, supported throughout by a manager and trainee buddy. Plus you'll get excellent networking opportunities, with a number of national and local social events.
Everyone here enjoys a competitive salary based on local market rates and the cost of living
We also have an employee recognition scheme where we all celebrate the great things our colleagues do. People award shout-outs, vouchers and special treats for those who go the extra mile.
If you go on to join us as a full time graduate you'll benefit from a flexible benefits package. And you'll benefit from our move towards a shared enterprise culture, where everyone will get a share of our superior profits on top of their salaries. We share ideas and make things happen. So, everyone should share in the success that brings.
Your placement is just the start of your career with us. It's your first experience of what life as a trainee is like at Grant Thornton. You’ll be on the fast-track to a graduate offer if that’s what you want. Most students who join us on a placement go onto become a full-time trainee after graduation.
We’ve designed our three-year graduate programme to take you on a journey from graduate to professionally qualified business adviser. In that time, you’ll pack in lots of learning and new experiences. You’ll help us provide market leading business advice to support our clients’ growth. You’ll study and revise for your exams.
You’ll also have the chance to work on a variety of exciting projects and help provide a great client service.
How to apply
The first step of our application process is to complete a very quick and easy online application, and give us some basic details.
We’ll then invite you to complete a strengths assessment. This will be our first proper introduction. We’ll show you what your journey at Grant Thornton could look like and give you an idea of the challenges and situations you might face. A handy video on our trainee blog ‘Spilling the Beans’ offers tips and advice on this.
At this point, all successful candidates are invited to be part of our online community ‘Grant Thornton: I’ve applied’. Here, you can connect with other candidates, current trainees and our recruiters, and find blogs, discussions, top tips and loads of great advice to help you with our application process.
The next stage is an online video interview and if successful, you’ll then be invited to a final round assessment that lasts for half a day. This involves a group exercise and an interview to get to know you better and lunch or coffee with some of our trainees to help you get to know us better.
We’ll guide you through every step of the way via email or phone and keep you updated on when you’ll hear from us next. Don’t worry, you can find plenty of tips and advice on our trainee recruitment website, our trainee blog ‘Spilling the Beans’ and in our ‘Grant Thornton: I’ve applied’ online community.