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Audit Trainee Accountant

London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
6 Apr 2023

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

Job Details

Audit Trainee Accountant

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 to 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

Being bright, professional, and a clear communicator is what matters to us - no matter the subjects you’ve studied so far. We like working with people who are willing to be challenged, ready to be inspired, and are keen to collaborate.

We’re pleased to invite applications from either school leavers or graduates, who have an interest in working within the Audit/Assurance team within BKL.

You can either study for the Association of Chartered Accountants qualification (ACA) or the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification (AAT) to start in April or August 2023.

Your training will be provided on an apprenticeship scheme, and your progress will be measured through a combination of your day-to-day achievements and those attained via your ongoing exams. 

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. 

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.

Qualifications: what you’ll need

If you are a school leaver and joining on the AAT pathway:

  • 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

For graduates who would join on the ACA pathway:

  • Minimum 2:1 degree in any subject

What we offer

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

  • Paid study support and development opportunities
  • Private medical cover
  • 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
  • Season ticket loan

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 with an up-to-date CV and covering letter explaining your motivation for applying for the role at BKL, and why you want a career within the accountancy industry.
  • We need you to share your achieved or expected grades with us in your CV.
  • Aptitude and psychometric testing will be part of our selection process. 


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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