School leavers

Our 2019 school leaver applications are now open! Apply here.

Want to become a trusted adviser? Looking to gain a professional qualification right away? University not for you?

Enjoy five years of studying, learning and gaining real-work experience, working with organisations of all shapes and sizes across a variety of sectors. Anyone without a degree can join this programme. If you join us straight after your A-levels, you could qualify a year earlier than your peers who go to uni.

This year we welcomed over 350 new trainees to Grant Thornton - our biggest intake yet! Talent18 is an annual event where we welcome our new graduate and school leaver trainees. We are excited to share with you highlights from the day and maybe next year you'll join us for Talent19.

At Grant Thornton, no two days are the same. You’ll enjoy first-class training. You’ll experience different aspects of the business lifecycle. And you’ll work at our client sites, helping to provide the insight, advice and expertise they need to grow.

'Everyone is really supportive and friendly and they actively encourage you to ask questions.' Aamna

Studying and working at the same time will be challenging. But your hard work will pay off with a rewarding career at an ambitious, purpose-led firm that is shaping a vibrant economy where businesses, people and communities can thrive.

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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 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.

You’ll study towards a professional qualification starting by completing the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) within your first two years. Some of our new trainees start straight on to the ACCA qualification - check the job advert as you apply.

Then you'll study towards one of these professional qualifications, depending on the office you join and whether you want to specialise:

  • Offices in England and Wales - ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) or ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • 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)

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, financials 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.

First you'll study towards a professional qualification starting by completing the ATT (Association of Taxation Technicians).

You'll then study towards one of the following depending on the office you join:

  • Offices in England and Wales - ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) or CTA (Chartered Tax Adviser)
  • Offices in Scotland - CA (Chartered Accountant)

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 help 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?

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, restructuring, strategy and transactions. Some of our business advisers even choose to specialise in actuarial, business risk services or technology risk services. This is a fast-growing area that offers plenty of variety, opportunities and interesting work.

First you'll study towards a professional qualification starting by completing the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) or CAA (Certified Actuarial Analyst) in actuarial.

You'll then study towards one of the following depending on the office you join and whether you want to specialise:

  • Advisory rotational programme - CFAB (Certificate in Finance, Accounting & Business) within your first year and then you could go on to complete the ACA or an alternative qualification if you wish to specialise in a particular area of advisory after the programme
  • Specialist advisory team - ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) and FIA (Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries) in actuarial
  • Offices in Scotland - CA (Chartered Accountant)

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.

As well as learning on the job, you'll enjoy rigorous training, starting with your orientation that will immerse you in our business, vision and purpose.

During the five-year programme, you'll study towards several qualifications at college all under the umbrella of an apprenticeship. You'll take part in regular training and developmental conversations to ensure you’re developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours of a well-rounded business advisor. We'll cover the costs and give you paid study leave. You can also develop and stretch your skills in different ways from mentoring schemes and secondments.  Enjoy working on exciting firm-wide projects and taking part in workshops at Bradenham Manor, our dedicated training facility.

Everyone here enjoys a competitive salary based on local market rates and the cost of living.

You’ll have a flexible benefits package to choose from too. Options include pensions, private medical cover, subsidised gym membership, car leasing offers and season ticket travel discount.

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.

Our move towards a shared enterprise culture also means 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.

At the end of your graduate or school leaver programme, you'll become professionally qualified and all kinds of opportunities will open up. As one size doesn't fit all when it comes to career progression, we'll give you advice and guidance to help you get where you want to go.

You can progress in your team or experience life in a different area on secondment or with a permanent move.  Or, you may look to broaden your horizons and work on a project in a different country with one of our global member firms.

Where you take your career and how fast you progress is down to you. If you can demonstrate that you're ready to take on more responsibility, your progression can be fast.

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.