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Trainee Finance Officer Scheme

London, Cheltenham
London: £25,596 I Cheltenham: £23,151
Closing date
8 Nov 2021

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Learn. Progress. Be you. And protect the nation. 

At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, we work against serious threats like cyber-attacks, terrorism and espionage. To protect the UK, we rely on a diverse and talented team. Join our Trainee Finance Officer Scheme and you and your skills will play a hugely important role behind the scenes, ensuring resources are effectively managed to deliver operations. Whoever you are, whatever your background, you’ll contribute to a safer nation.

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 team of other trainees, a dedicated mentor and a ‘buddy’ with experience of studying the AAT, 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.

As you gain hands-on experience of finance operations and develop your analytical skills, you’ll become a valuable part of our team. And on successful completion of the scheme, you may also be able to study to become a Certified Chartered Accountant. With plenty of training and further development opportunities available, you can build an exciting long-term career.

To join, you’ll need to be enthuasiastic, motivated and have a genuine passion for finance. We’re looking for a head for figures and GCSE’s in English and Maths at A - C/9 - 4 (or equivalent). Ideally you will be studying, or have already attained, one of the following at A-Level: Economics, Business Studies or Maths.

We’ll also be looking for you to join the Scheme in September 2022. Please note that if you’ve started or already completed the AAT qualification, you won’t be eligible.

You might be looking to change careers, return to work after a break or learn without studying at university. The important thing is that you have a head for figures and experience of using Microsoft Word and Excel. As a great team player, you’ll enjoy working with others and succeeding together. But don’t expect a certain ‘type’ – we need all kinds of people, so everyone here is different. While we welcome applications from all, please do check the eligibility criteria below before you apply.

At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.

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

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 Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person, citizenship of a country in the Commonwealth, citizenship of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), or citizenship of the United States of America (USA). If deceased, they should 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, MI6 and GCHQ 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.  


Hackers. Terrorism. Organised crime. We use unique technologies against a range of threats.


Our mission

The internet is a part of everybody’s lives. But while it benefits millions of people, it also increases the threats we all face.

Based at a number of UK sites, our mission is to protect the country’s people, businesses and interests in the cyber age. Using our technical experience and expertise, we provide intelligence, protect information and inform relevant policy to keep UK society safe, secure and successful.

Complex technology to combat complex threats

The online threats that the UK faces every day are many and varied. Cyber criminals, terrorists, hackers, fraudsters, organised criminal gangs… all are using ever more sophisticated technology. And as the UK government’s appointed experts in cyber security, we’re constantly developing innovative ways to combat them.

It’s complex, technically challenging work that demands highly skilled and committed people. People who enjoy tackling interesting and varied projects. People with the creative intellect and energy to develop unique solutions. And people with a commitment to safeguarding existing systems and protecting against evolving threats.


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