Finance Management Trainee Scheme
The Staffordshire Trainee Accountant Scheme combines practical experience in the workplace with academic study. So what does this actually mean? Well, it means that you work a 'nine to five' job (although with Staffordshire County Council operating a flexi time policy, you can choose when you work your weekly hours), whilst also studying for The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy's (CIPFA) professional qualification.
For full details please see the 2013 The Staffordshire Trainee Accountant Scheme notes (657KB) and read further on these pages.
CIPFA is an accountancy body that specialises in the public sector. It is responsible for the education and training of professional accountants, with CIPFA qualifications and membership connecting you to a network of fellow professionals in a range of roles and organisations across the public sector. By passing all the exams, you gain entrance to the body and become a fully fledged accountant.
Finance has always held a key role in the provision of public services; arguably, never more so than at present as budgets contract across the public sector and staff are challenged to deliver more for less. This has lead to finance managers embracing creative ways of meeting service needs, as well as applying the traditional transferrable skills of the accountancy profession to the challenging economic environment we find ourselves in. The skills that you will acquire through your placements in finance teams within the council combined with the diversity of the training provided by the CIPFA professional qualification will equip you to meet these challenges.
You will find that trainees are highly valued within Staffordshire County Council, with many staying on and progressing to senior management positions; take a look at the trainee profiles to gain a flavour of some of the work being undertaken by current and now qualified trainees. You will find that an additional advantage of the Finance Scheme is that it allows you to experience the varying financial roles that exist within the council as you move between placements, so you can find out which roles suit you best. This gives you the valuable opportunity to 'try before you buy' during your time on the scheme.
The recruitment process for 2013 has now finished with two New trainee's starting in early July. We plan to recruit two trainee accountants again in 2014, with applications opening around February. You can register for Job updates on WM jobs.
More information is available on this site, however you can contact Chris Gill, Principal Accountant and CIPFA Trainee Accountant Scheme Co-ordinator, 01785 276541 or email for an informal discussion.