National Audit Office
We certify the accounts of all government departments and produce Value for Money reports for Parliament on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which departments and other bodies have used their resources in delivering particular projects. We also have a number of international clients including the International Labour Organization and the World Food Programme. Our work leads to savings and other efficiency gains worth many millions of pounds. You can be part of that!
National Audit Office
Our Vision is to help the nation spend wisely. We hold the government to account for the way it uses public money and our advice and recommendations for how to make things better are taken seriously.
We are right at the centre of the drive to promote economy and efficiency in government as we focus on the big systemic, cross-government, and crosscutting issues in order to bring about significant change. It’s therefore an exciting time to join the NAO, as our role is particularly relevant in the current fiscal climate. We are independent of government and the Civil Service.
Our Financial Audit work involves auditing over 475 accounts across government departments and a wide range of other public sector bodies, representing hundreds of billions of pounds. Our work helped save the country more than a billion pounds in 2010 (£13 for every £1 spent running the Office).
We publish around 60 Value for Money reports a year for Parliament on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which departments and other bodies have used their resources in delivering particular projects. These often hit the headlines and make a positive impact on the nation.
We do a range of other things including providing specialist input to Parliamentary Select Committees, and our international work covers the audit of international bodies to which the UK contributes.
You’ll find us geared up for delivery and impact. We have a great reputation for professionalism, rigour and judgment.
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Please visit the contact us pages on our website for full accessibility guidance on our London and Newcastle offices.
National Audit Office
Our 5 year School Leavers’ Scheme leads to qualification as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain an internationally recognised professional accountancy qualification without incurring the debt of going to university while at the same time earning a competitive salary and getting involved in interesting and challenging work.
We have 10 vacancies in our central London office.
• A minimum of 5 G.C.S.Es at grade A-C (including Maths and English)
• You will have achieved or expect to achieve, a minimum of 300 UCAS points from your top 3 A Levels or equivalent (General Studies does not count)
• You must be a UK, Commonwealth, EEA or Swiss national to comply with Civil Service nationality rules
Please do not submit an application if you do not meet these requirements.
Skills and talents
We’re looking for bright people who have chosen not go to university and have decided that a career in accountancy is for them. You will be able to make the long term commitment to study for a professional qualification and excel in a challenging but ultimately rewarding environment.
Of course, academic achievement isn’t enough on its own. You will need to have strong analytical and communication skills combined with the ability to work with others. You will be excited about what the National Audit Office is all about and you’ll have the ‘get up and go’ to excel in a highly professional environment. You will be assessed against our school leaver competencies at each stage of the application process. These have been identified as the key skills and behaviours (please link to: required to be a successful trainee with the NAO.
We’re confident you’ll find that we’re big on the things that matter to you. If you are talented and want to join a highly professional organisation to qualify – we want to hear from you!
Salary and Benefits
We offer a starting salary of £21,608 + benefits. This will rise throughout your training as your pass exams at different stages. After 5 years, provided you have passed your exams, your performance is good and opportunities are available, you will qualify as an Audit Principal earning around £50,000. Check out the website for details of the range of other benefits we offer.
Applications for the 2012 NAO school leaver programme are now open. Please visit www.big-on.org.uk for further details and to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday 14th May 2012.
If you have any queries about the scheme, please e-mail HR_Service_Desk@nao.gsi.gov.ukor click here to ask us a question Alternatively, you can call the recruitment team on: 0207 798 7227.
Alongside your professional training and on-the job experience we provide a whole range of courses covering the latest accounting and auditing techniques, as well as the political and government framework in which we operate. You will also be able to attend seminars and presentations by colleagues keen to pass on their knowledge and expertise.
Of course, the big thing about our training scheme is that it leads to membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and we’ll do everything possible to help you get there.
After qualifying, you may be offered a permanent position as one of our Audit Principals. This brings a starting salary over £48,000 in London and over £39,000 in Newcastle. We are very much focused on growing our own talent. For those with the potential, there are opportunities to progress further in the organisation to Audit Manager and Director level roles. Some of our audit clients are based in London and Newcastle, but others are based around the country. You will, therefore, be required to travel with your audit team and this will involve overnight stays away from home. There are also some opportunities for overseas work.
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