MI5, MI6 and GCHQ Trainee Finance Officer Scheme

11 Jan 2021
01 Feb 2021
Role Type
Start Date
24 months+

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ
Trainee Finance Officer Scheme
London: £25,596
Cheltenham: £23,151

Don’t just become a skilled Finance professional. Help to protect the nation.

At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, we work against serious threats like cyber-attacks, terrorism and espionage. But we can only achieve our mission with the support of our finance departments. They’re right at the heart of every agency, ensuring resources are effectively managed to deliver operations. When you join our Trainee Finance Officer Scheme, you’ll help us to do just that. It’s a unique chance to develop your skills while protecting the country. 

Over three years, you’ll study for an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification while taking on several different roles. But you won’t do it alone. With a network of other trainees, a dedicated buddy and a qualified mentor who’s been through the scheme, you’ll have great support from day one. When you’re not working at the agencies, you’ll spend one day a week at college with the other trainees.

We’ll help you get to grips with exactly what we do, so you’ll gain some really valuable insights. You’ll have hands on experience of both finance operations and developing your analytical skills. And on successful completion of the scheme, you may also be able to study to become a Certified Chartered Accountant.

To join, you’ll need to be enthuasiastic, motivated and have a genuine passion for finance. We’ll also expect you to have GCSE’s in English and Maths at A* - C/4 - 9 (or equivalent). Ideally, you’ll be studying, (or have already studied), A-Levels in related subjects such as Economics, Business Studies or Maths. You might be looking to change careers or keen to learn without studying at university. Either way, you’ll need to have a head for figures, be confident when it comes to interpreting data and have experience of using Microsoft Word and Excel. As a great team player, you’ll enjoy working with others and succeeding together.

It’s time to discover your value. 

The UK Intelligence Agencies MI5/ MI6/ GCHQ are Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect. Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit. We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.

To find out more and apply, please visit our website via the apply button.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have one of the nationalities or citizenships from one of the following: British Overseas territory, British subject, British National (Overseas), British protected person, citizenship of the Commonwealth, EEA nationality, or citizenship of the United States of America. If deceased, have had such citizenship or nationality before death. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. If successful, you will not normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship but, as a condition of your employment or secondment, MI5 may impose restrictions on your postings, work travel and/or general use of that nationality. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. Each case will be carefully considered on its own facts. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.