Summary of the job roleOur position is unique, and our work is extraordinarily influential. Totally and distinctively independent of government, we scrutinise public spending for Parliament and investigate major government projects and programmes. This means we work for, and for the good of, all citizens in our country. We help our economy and society work better - supporting and enabling improvements in financial management and the way vital public services are delivered right
across the public sector to millions of people every day. For you, this means work that has a real purpose, and offers challenge and variety. You'll contribute to audits and projects that scrutinise government's use of resources
and help drive improvement in our clients' businesses. Our work informs debates and influences some of the biggest decisions that government makes. You'll collaborate and work in teams with dedicated and talented people to deliver high-quality work that makes a difference. By joining the NAO and achieving a prestigious qualification as a chartered
accountant, you'll build a rewarding and fascinating career. You'll make an impact that you and the nation will benefit from.
How you'll expect to spend your dayAlongside your qualification you'll work with clients from across government. You'll start out working as a team member supporting our core financial audits, building up over time to work on bigger audits and more complex work, taking more of a lead role as you develop your skills and confidence. While working mainly on financial audits you'll also have the opportunity to be involved in a range of our other work - including support for Parliament, investigations and our larger value for money studies of major government projects and programmes, which result in high profile reports to Parliament that often make the headlines.
Don't expect to spend a lot of your time at your desk. Our trainees get involved in all kinds of projects that get them out in the field to all kinds of places across the UK, and sometime even further afield. You'll get to work out on clients' premises where you can see how businesses really work and how they can improve.
We'll give you everything you need to rise to challenges and be at your best, including the time and support you need to get your ACA qualification, with generous paid study leave and support. Our learning and development offering is excellent, combining: formal training courses on aspects of accounting and auditing as well as management and leadership skills; learning through our work; and learning from other colleagues. Our annual LearnFest week combines presentations, workshops and seminars on a whole host of topics (you could also deliver one if you wish).
Looking further ahead we run talent programmes which identify, support and develop those with the potential to reach our most senior levels. The more you develop, the more options will open up for you in terms of career development and progression. All across the NAO you'll find people in leadership positions who started with us as trainees. All this is within the context of a friendly, supportive and highly professional organisation with clear values which are: Independent, Authoritative, Collaborative and Fair.
Required EducationThere is no such thing as a typical NAO Apprentice. We are diverse and inclusive. We are also ambitious and high performing. Successful candidates come from a diverse range of backgrounds and A level subjects. We do, however, have some minimum criteria you will need to meet:
120 UCAS points from the 2017 tariff from your top three A Level grades (or equivalent). General Studies does not count. If you have 104 UCAS points from the 2017 tariff (or equivalent) you may be eligible to apply - please email HRServiceDesk@nao.org.uk for further details.
You must be a UK, Commonwealth, EEA or Swiss national to comply with civil service nationality rules and must hold a valid work permit. We are not able to sponsor work visas.
Good to haveAlongside your academic credentials, we'll assess some of the key competencies that you'll need to demonstrate in order to be a successful Apprenticeship Trainee at the NAO.
These competencies are assessed throughout the application process, so it's a good idea to start familiarising yourself with them. Think about how you may have demonstrated the desired behaviours in your previous experience, such as part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, or school/college/assignment.
Our competencies are:
Analyses data to draw sound conclusions
Demonstrates sound judgement
Communicated effectively with others
Demonstrates enthusiasm, initiative and drive
Builds and maintains effective team relationships
Builds and maintains effective client relationships
Deliver high quality work to deadlines by planning and organising work
Understand the bigger picture
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