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Ignite work experience


Our work experience programme, Ignite, has been designed to give you an insight into the world of accountancy, and the career opportunities this can offer you. Open to Y12/S5 and Y13/S6 students, you will spend a week in one of our offices immersing yourself into life at Grant Thornton, and you’ll have the opportunity to fast-track onto one of our school leaver programmes at the end of your week with us.

You bring the spark, we'll help you ignite

Ignite will be opening for applications in August 2024, register your interest and you’ll be the first to know when we open for applications and you’ll have access to additional insights and hint and tips from our team.

Why Ignite?

We do work experience differently at Grant Thornton. We’ve designed Ignite to give you a real insight into life at the firm - you’re not here to make tea. During your week with us, you’ll develop skills that will help you both personally and professionally. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect during your time with us:

  • Gain practical work experience within the business
  • Develop an understanding of how businesses work, and the career opportunities available to you
  • Group sessions developing key skills such as teamwork and communication
  • Focused professional development sessions, equipping you with skills that really help set you apart
  • Networking with colleagues from Grant Thornton 

And, the cost of your travel and lunch is on us. We want you to get the most of your time with us, enjoying your work experience whilst hopefully igniting a passion for a career with Grant Thornton. 

How do I apply?

We’ll be opening for applications in August, register your interest here to be the first to know when we open. The application is split into two stages, which we've outlined below. 

You’ll start your application by filling in a quick and easy online form. We’ve tried to keep this as painless as possible and only ask for the essentials. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete.

This is followed by an online assessment which usually takes less than 5 minutes to complete. You will then complete a written case study which is a great opportunity to find out more about the type of work we do here at Grant Thornton. This stage will take around 20 minutes to complete.

Find out more about what to expect during each stage of the application process in our employability hub.


We are offering work experience in the following offices:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Gatwick
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Milton Keynes

Beyond Ignite

Ignite offers a fast-track to our school leaver programme for participants who demonstrate the qualities that align with the attributes of a Grant Thornton trainee. If you choose to go to university it’s not the end of your career with Grant Thornton. We offer internships and 12 month placements during your course, and graduate programmes for when you graduate. You can find out more about these programmes here.

You bring the spark, we'll help you ignite.