What we offer

An internationally renowned professional accountancy qualification

We provide a very successful and fully funded graduate professional training scheme which leads to qualification as a chartered accountant (ACA) through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

We offer you the unique opportunity to study for the ACA in the public sector but you’ll find ICAEW chartered accountants in all sectors and industries – from multi-nationals and global accountancy firms to local charities. It really does open up a world of career possibilities.

A supportive environment

You will join our graduate scheme as part of an intake of around 70 trainees in autumn 2017. Our trainees value being part of a sizeable intake and the sociable and supportive environment that provides.

The ACA demands lots of hard work and dedication on your part but you will benefit from significant support along the way:

  • First class tuition run by a leading provider, giving you guidance and support throughout your studies.
  • Block release at each exam stage, meaning you won’t have to juggle work commitments and study pressures.
  • Relevant work experience to put what you study into practice. As your skills and knowledge increase during the scheme, so will the level of challenge of the work you undertake.
  • An excellent system of support from NAO colleagues who will oversee your development and assign your work portfolios. Our trainees really value the support they receive from managers, the majority of whom trained and qualified at the NAO, too.

Excellent exam pass rates

Our trainees do very well, regularly winning ICAEW prizes for excellence in exam performance while the overall pass rates of all our trainees remains consistently at or above the national average. Our graduate pass rates are consistently above the national average. In 2015, 94% of our trainees passed the professional stage examinations at the first attempt (compared to 85% nationally) and 97% passed the Advanced Stage examinations at the first attempt (compared to 84% nationally).

A variety of unique experiences

You will get responsibility from an early stage in your career and will play a key role in helping us make a positive impact on the nation. You will help deliver our financial audit work and will also have opportunities to work on our high profile value for money studies and a range of other assurance work to help our clients improve their performance. Our unique role will give you access to people, places and experiences that are only available to those working at the NAO.

More information can be found in our Graduate recruitment brochure (pdf – 997KB).