School leavers

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

Enjoy four or 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.

Our CEO, Dave Dunckley sat down with Audit Associate, Octavia Tenga, to talk about everything from his favourite band, managing exams with work and advice to trainees looking to join Grant Thornton.

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.

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 helping businesses, people and communities 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 role as an auditor is 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 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. With a relentless focus on quality and integrity, we 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.

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)

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.

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

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

  • Offices in England and Wales - ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant). For those joining Actuarial you will study for the FIA (Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries)

  • 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.

We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements. We’ll consider your academic achievements, but your strengths, motivations and connection with us and our values are equally as important. We’re looking for people with a broad range of interests and experiences.

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.

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.

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

For a step by step on how to apply and what you can expect, download visit our application process page on our employability hub. The first step of our application process is to complete a very quick and easy online registration, and give us some essential details.

For more guidance around our application process and what to expect, find some helpful tips on our employability hub.

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 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.