Work experience

At Grant Thornton, we do work experience differently. Our work experience programme is a unique insight and development programme that will give you a taste of what it's like to work in professional services. To apply to our programme you'll need to be in Year 12 or 13, or S5 or S6. 

We partner with Access Accountancy for many of our work experience programmes. Access Accountancy is a collaboration of more than 25 professional services firms dedicated to improving access to the accountancy profession in the UK. The programme was established in 2014 with the ambition to promote diversity across all levels of the sector in the face of overwhelming evidence showing that applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds are less likely to be hired.

'Every day is different which allows me to continually learn new things.' Katie

As part of our commitment and leadership of improved social mobility, we encourage applications from young people who meet the following Access Accountancy criteria:

  • attend a state school or college and;
  • are or have been eligible for free school meals (or attend a school that is above the regional average in terms of the number of students eligible for free school meals) or;
  • would be the first member of their immediate family to attend university.
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Before you begin your work experience week with us, you’ll be invited along to an insights evening where you’ll spend some time getting to know our firm and people, as well as learning about what to expect during your placement.

You’ll then begin your placement with us, spending four days in one of our local offices to understand more about business, the way businesses work and the different types of career opportunities available. You'll take part in various exercises and sessions throughout your time with us. This programme is designed to give you the best start to your career and for you to have fun along the way. Sessions include group exercises to help you develop key skills such as team work and communication.

You'll be pitching a business idea to a panel, just like a real business adviser. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to learn about networking and to practice these skills with your fellow Grant Thornton colleagues.

Don't worry about money. We'll cover all costs associated with being a part the programme such as travel, lunches etc.

This experience will help you get a deeper understanding of the three main business areas of our firm (Audit, Tax and Advisory - more on them in the next section below) by taking part in insight sessions and practical exercises relating to these areas.

Explore the different types of business areas you'll get to learn.

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. We develop relationships built on credibility and trust with clients across a wide range of sectors. As we people spend time with clients in their offices, we get to the heart of how they work and what challenges they face. We learn how to provide the business and financial advice our clients 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 we make a difference to our clients, we 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.

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 we do with clients is of huge importance. After all, bad tax advice can lead to damaged reputations and expensive consequences. We help clients manage their tax obligations efficiently and responsibly.

We have a variety of corporate and specialist tax teams here. All of which work with a variety of dynamic clients, from organisations in media and entertainment to finance to charities.

Working with businesses of all shapes and sizes, in advisory we 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, we work in a team that helps organisations either start up, expand or begin a new chapter. We get under the skin of our clients’ business strategy, and provide innovative solutions that unlock growth - our business advisers have lots of responsibility.

We have insightful conversations with our clients and understand their business challenges and needs. We 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?

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 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 more important. We’re looking for people with a broad range of interests and experiences.

How to apply

Visit our online application website to see if there's any current opening near you. Look for roles titled "Work Experience" or "Access Accountancy".

Once you find the right opportunity, the first step of our application process is to complete a very quick and easy application and give us some basic details.

Once you’ve registered, one of our team will be in touch to talk you through the second stage which is a video interview. They’ll give you some tips on how to prepare so you can really show off your motivation, curiosity and determination. It’s nothing to worry about – we’ll give you lots of advice to really allow you to shine. You can also practice your interview technique and get comfortable with the software before doing the real thing.

The video interview is our final stage of the application process and we select successful candidates from this point.