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Work experience

We do work experience differently at Grant Thornton. We’ve got a programme designed to get you a proper taste of what it’s like to work in professional services. You’re not here to make tea.

The cost of your travel and lunches is on us. We just want you to enjoy yourself and get the most of your time here.

Access Accountancy placements

Access Accountancy is a collaboration of more than 25 professional services firms dedicated to improving access to the accountancy profession in the UK. We work with them to offer work experience places to students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Our next Access Accountancy programmes are taking place in our London office from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th April 2024 and in our Birmingham office from Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st May. Applications for these programmes are now closed.

We will also be holding further work experience programmes towards the end of 2024 and 2025, please click here to register your interest and we will contact you once applications are open.

 Please ensure to review the eligibility criteria below before registering.

We’d love to have you on our work experience programme if you:

  • 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.


What you’ll do

  • Spend up to four days in one of our local offices to understand more about how businesses work and the different careers available in them.
  • Take part in group sessions to help you develop key skills such as teamwork and communication.
  • Take part in professional development sessions, equipping you with skills that really help set you apart.
  • Meet colleagues and learn how to network.

Who you’ll work with

You’ll work with colleagues from across Grant Thornton to learn about the three main business areas of our firm and the kind of clients we work with.

Read more about what we do and the different areas of our business.

What you’ll get out of it

At the end of your time with us, you’ll walk away with a new set of skills, a deeper understanding of business, as well as an idea of how to start your career within it. 

Take a look at this short video about our work with Access Accountancy.

How you’ll know you’re right for us

We’re looking for people who want to contribute, spark fresh ideas and go beyond expectations. People who want to be able to proudly do what’s right, for the firm, our clients, our people and themselves.

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. 

Sound like you? Find out more about the skills we're looking for here.