ACA Trainee Accountant

London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
3 Dec 2022

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
Contract type
Graduate schemes, ICAEW Apprenticeships
Full Time
Where will they be working?
From our office

Job Details

Be free to be yourself

‘We put our people first’ may not be something that you expect to hear from a firm of accountants and tax advisers, but we understand that doing this helps our business succeed, our clients to flourish and our communities to thrive. We work together to make a difference. Here’s your opportunity to do the same.

The opportunity

We’re pleased to invite applications for new graduate trainees at BKL for the training of the Association of Chartered Accountants qualification (ACA) to start in January 2023.

Regardless of the subjects you’ve studied so far, being bright, professional, and a clear communicator is what matters to us. We like working with people who are willing to be challenged, ready to be inspired and keen to collaborate. Your training will be provided on an apprenticeship scheme.

Formal training and beyond

We’ll provide structured development on audit, accounts, outsourcing and tax. Your IT training will come from our own experts and other experienced trainers. We work closely with Kaplan, whose apprenticeship training encompasses leading online learning technologies, award-winning study materials and highly experienced tutors.

You’ll develop your wider interpersonal and professional skills, again with internal and external providers. After you’ve qualified, we’ll continue to support your growth through additional professional qualifications, new development programmes, a range of work opportunities and careers guidance.

Who we're looking for

These roles are particularly suited to people who like problem solving and a fast-changing environment. In all our roles, we value people who are happy to work independently while recognising that BKL thrives on teamwork. By using leading software, we make our clients’ lives easier, and you will be at the forefront of this by welcoming technology.

You will be expected to develop and deliver technical excellence, which means you’ll need the qualities that this will demand, resilience is important. You need to be able to study and to advance your thinking. We’re open to how you demonstrate this. Traditionally it’s done through academic results, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Feel free to surprise us!

What you’ll need

For graduate roles you should have or expect to gain:

  • 2:1 degree (at least)
  • 300 UCAS points or more (120 UCAS points for those who passed exams from 2017 onwards)
  • GCSE grades A* to C (including a B or above in Maths and English Language, or a 5 for those who passed exams from 2017 onwards)
  • or the equivalent qualifications

What we offer

As trainees at a leading accountancy firm, you'll enjoy:

  • Paid study support and development opportunities
  • Private medical cover
  • Season ticket loan
  • Holiday entitlement that increases the longer you work with us
  • A varied calendar of social events during a typical year, including many with wellbeing and inclusion in mind
  • Voluntary work with our sponsored causes

Application and selection process

If you’re interested in building your professional career at BKL and making a difference to our team, our clients and our firm, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please apply via this link: 

We expect you to explain your motivation to apply for a role at BKL and we need you to share your (expected) grades in your CV with us.

Aptitude and psychometric testing will be part of our selection process. The in-house assessment days will take place in November 2022.


We’re not the only Top 50 firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers you’ll find in this guide. Nor are we the only people offering graduates and school leavers exciting opportunities to work with clients across a range of sectors during ACA training. So who are we and why should you choose us? We like having bright, hard-working trainees join us each year and if you’re one of them, your colleagues will help you to give your best. ‘High challenge, high support’ is the balance we aim for. By making a difference to you, we’re helping you do the same for our clients and communities. As long as you’re giving your best, we want you to feel your best. To help us keep wellbeing as a priority at BKL, we support Mind and they’ve awarded us bronze in their Workplace Wellbeing Index. Inclusion matters to us too. The more diverse we are – in people, experiences and ideas – the better we become. We’re working with Inclusive Employers on this, to make sure that whatever your background when you join us, you feel a sense of belonging and a desire to get involved in the life of BKL. Even before you qualify, you can look forward to progression: not just in the money you earn but in the recognition you earn. We’ll help you develop as a professional and as a person. If you’re now thinking about applying for a role at BKL, what are we looking for? We want individuals who can show drive, ambition and commitment. It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from; it’s all about where you’re heading and what you want to do. If you’re ready to put in the effort and the commitment, we’re ready to work with you.

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020 8922 9222

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