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Graduate Accountancy Scheme September 2023

National Audit Office
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB) and Newcastle Upon Tyne
London: £31,187 p.a. / Newcastle: £25,196 p.a.
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Public sector and government
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Graduate roles
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Our highly successful ACA professional training scheme is now live! We will equip you with the Chartered Accountancy qualification and membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

You will have the opportunity to make a real difference to our huge range of clients but also to the nation. The scope of our work and influence is vast – supporting Parliament to hold government to account and improve the full spectrum of public services. We enable and support crucial economic and social changes needed to improve financial management and the way vital public services are delivered to millions of people every day. In a nutshell, we help the nation spend wisely.

By joining us and achieving a prestigious qualification as a chartered accountant, you will build a rewarding and fascinating career. You will make an impact that you and the nation will benefit from. You will develop your skills as a professional, a manager and a leader. You will be equipped for a fantastic career.

Our crucial role in holding government to account is mirrored by the fact that our leader, Gareth Davies, Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG) was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen! In addition to offering a unique insight into government operations, we also offer an array of vibrant social and training events throughout the year.

Alongside doing varied work with an unrivalled network of high-profile clients you’ll have access to a supportive and sociable peer group to help you gain career success. We also offer an extremely attractive pay and benefits package:

• A highly competitive starting salary
• Annual pay increases and increases when you pass each stage of your professional exams
• Fully funded ACA qualification and ICAEW membership subscriptions
• 35 days’ holiday (including public holidays)
• Fully paid 25 weeks study leave in block release
• Civil Service pension scheme
• Excellent on-site gym in London and subsidised gym membership in Newcastle
• Interest free travel season ticket loan
• Staff discounts
• Social events – including annual pop quiz, film quiz and Christmas party
• Opportunities to take responsibility early in your career
• An excellent system of support from NAO colleagues

So come and join us and be part of the bigger picture at the National Audit Office (NAO).

The start date for the scheme is Monday 4 September 2023, however we do have some limited early start positions available from January - April 2023 for students that have already graduated. This will allow you to gain some practical work experience before starting the training programme.

Please note: We reserve the option of bringing the closing date for applications forward.


The National Audit Office (NAO) is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog.

We support Parliament in holding government to account and we help improve public services through our high-quality audits.

We are independent of government and the civil service. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), Gareth Davies, leads the NAO. He is an officer of the House of Commons with statutory authority to:

  • audit and report on the financial accounts of all government departments and other public bodies
  • examine and report on the value for money of how public money has been spent. ​

The Public Accounts Commission (TPAC), a parliamentary committee of MPs, oversees our work.

Read more about the governance of the NAO.

We have an ambitious five-year strategy from 2020 to 2025. Its aim is to improve our support to Parliament in examining public sector performance, provide more practical recommendations that lead to better outcomes, and share more of our independent insight. Read more about our recent impacts in our Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23.

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