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BDO Audit School Leaver Programme

Employer
BDO
Location
Nationwide
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
23 Oct 2021

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Specialism
Finance
Sector
Banking & Financial Services
Role Type
School or college leaver, Other work and training
Start Date
December
Duration
6-12 months
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Job Details

Ideas | People | Trust

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions businesses need to navigate today’s changing world.

We’ll broaden your horizons

The work of our Audit teams is essential, not just to BDO, but to the whole economy. Working within a range of companies, from start-ups to FTSE350 companies, in multiple sectors, they verify the accuracy of our clients’ financial statements for stakeholders, ensuring the stability and authenticity of the financial market. It’s not just analysing numbers though; Audit teams really get to know their clients. That means you’ll spend every day working as part of a team, often on clients’ premises, working with key individuals to understand their financial performance, business systems, culture and risks. The School Leaver Programme offers unparalleled exposure to a range of sectors and the potential for international secondment.

We’ll help you succeed

As a school leaver, the Audit and Assurance School Leaver Programme is your opportunity to combine work experience with achieving your professional qualifications. We’ll provide the training in skills, behaviours and professional knowledge you’ll need not just to pass your exams, but also to become an exceptional BDO advisor.

You will be completing the Associate Chartered Accountants (ACA) and Level 7 Apprenticeship programme. For the first twelve months you’ll focus on the Certificate level, then continue with the remaining ACA. If you pass all your exams and complete your apprenticeship activities and learning plan, you’ll be a qualified accountant within four years and achieve a Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship (if eligible). Our pass results are often up to 10% above the national average. This is a unique opportunity to qualify in a working environment with a network of exceptional colleagues who will be invested in helping you achieve your full potential. As part of that, you’ll:

  • Study towards your ICAEW – ACA Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Apprenticeship
  • Where appropriate, be assigned an Apprenticeship Coach
  • Be assigned a BDO Buddy to personally mentor you
  • Have access to specialist support for your professional exams
  • Be given real professional responsibility that will help you grow
  • Enjoy a supportive culture where colleagues are invested in your career   

You don’t need to know exactly which business area you want to focus on at this stage. We’ll give you as much information as possible throughout the process to find the one that best matches your strengths and interests. 

When you join us as a school leaver, we’ll make your growth our priority. If you’re right for us, you’ll thrive in an environment built to help you succeed. We’re looking for the following:

  • Three A-levels or equivalent at A* -C excluding General Studies and Extended Projects (obtained or predicted)
  • 9-4 in Maths and English at GCSE/Scottish Standards or equivalent (non-UK qualifications also considered)
  • Ability and commitment to balance study and professional work
  • Strong desire to understand our business and achieve your full potential
  • Candidates who hold an undergraduate degree are not eligible for this scheme, but are welcome to explore our graduate programmes

We understand that everyone learns in different ways and the same environment isn’t always suited to every task.  We’ll help you deliver the best quality output by giving you choice and flexibility around how, when and where you work.  When you need to work collaboratively, you’ll be able to work closely with colleagues, whether that’s in our offices, onsite with clients, or one of our brand-new hubs; when you need to focus, you’ll be able to work from home or in one of our quiet concentration spaces, using technology to stay connected with colleagues.  We’ll provide the environment, digital tools and training to enable you to perform at your best, whatever the task in hand, for yourself, your team, and your clients.

We're in it together

At BDO, we believe that when our people feel valued and rewarded, their potential is unlimited. We offer highly competitive starting salaries and review remuneration packages regularly to ensure that our pay always positively reflects performance. As well as offering support with tuition and professional qualifications, we also provide the following core benefits:

  • 25 days’ holiday;
  • access to a Group Personal Pension Plan, with matched employer contributions;
  • Life Assurance cover;
  • Income Protection insurance;

That’s not all. We understand that everyone is different, so we offer a range of voluntary benefits to suit every lifestyle. Our flexible benefits platform, Flexcel, means our people can choose from a range of tax efficient options to design a benefit package that best suits them. Through Flexcel, they can:

  • buy up to ten days’ extra holiday;
  • add on Private Medical, Personal Accident, Dental or Travel Insurance; Home Technology
  • enrol in our Bikes to Work scheme;
  • enjoy discounts at cinemas, dining out, shopping and gyms through our Employee Discounts arrangement;
  • receive an interest free season ticket loan or interest free graduate loan;
  • access additional services like our financial wellbeing platform, online GP service or our Employee Assistance Programme

We're looking forward to the future

At BDO, we’re big enough to make the difference and collaborative enough to never lose sight of where we’re going. We know that it’s our people that make our success possible. We have over 5000 people working across our 17 UK locations providing tax, audit, assurance and a range of advisory services that help our clients achieve their ambitious goals. Together, they’re fuelling Britain’s economic engine. Behind every complex client challenge and every untapped innovation, they’re there: ensuring we continue to find the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to invest in our people. That means providing them with an environment where they can grow, learn, laugh and feel respected, at all times.

Are you ready to join us? Apply now.

Our firm is distinctive and we want to preserve and build on the strengths of our culture and the characteristics that make us both successful and different. We look for people from all kinds of backgrounds who share these same qualities.

Company

BDO

We know how to make sure our people give their best. Quite simply, we let them. We hire those who show potential and then we help them put it to work, turning business dreams into realities.

BDO is about exceptional client service. This means getting to know our clients well and understanding what they want to achieve. So we choose people who can rise to this challenge, who have colourful personalities as well as brilliant skills, and who can take the initiative and be creative.

If you want a firm where you can make real progress, then ours is the ideal size – combining nationwide presence with local expertise and a personal touch. We have 18 regional offices across the British Isles, and our international network is the world’s fifth largest, with 1,300 offices in 152 countries.

We offer a whole spectrum of different services, and we’ll encourage you to find your specialist area. Possible choices include audit, tax advice, corporate finance work, business restructuring, forensic accounting, management consulting, and specialist work for the financial services sector. We are sector experts in a huge variety of other sectors too, with clients ranging from family businesses to multi-national companies, to public sector organisations and charities.

We give you all the training you need to attain your professional qualifications, along with extensive practical experience that includes on-site client work. We also offer constant support to make sure you’re never out of your depth. It all adds up to a colourful world of choice.

Find Us
Website:
Telephone
020 7893 2864
Location
55 Baker Street
London
London
W1U 7EU
GB
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