Audit & Assurance Apprenticeship at BDO
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Audit & Assurance Apprenticeship
The audit stream is the largest service stream within BDO.
As a part of the Audit team you’ll become an indispensable adviser to our clients whether they are listed on FTSE350 or AIM, a national not for profit organisation or a fast growing privately owned business with overseas operations.
Working in Audit means much more than just analysing numbers, we really get to know our clients by building close relationships with key individuals there in order to help them and their investors to better understand their financial performance, business systems, culture and the risks they face and then to provide crucial advice to them in these areas.
Our structured development programme will help you to develop your career in whichever direction it takes by supporting you to study for your professional qualifications (ACA or CA) whilst working in different industry sectors. You’ll work as a part of a team, all of whom will be highly supportive, and there are plenty of opportunities to socialise together as well.
Many people choose to specialise in an industry sector, perhaps even gaining a reputation as a leading expert in their field, or alternatively choose to become a generalist usually in one of our regional office, looking after clients across a range of sectors. Each day will be different, working with a variety of clients with much of your time spent at the client’s premises talking to the different functions there to understand the business being audited.
If you want even more variety, then in your third year there is the possibility that you could get involved in an overseas secondment to one of the firms in our international network across the 156 countries in the world in which we operate.
We never stop investing in your development, whether you are a new joiner of an experienced Partner, to make sure you continue to make an impact here and with our clients.
Working in audit, as well as equipping you with technical skills, will provide you with broad business and commercial skills which will really help you be successful in your career and open up many opportunities.
Working within Audit & Assurance, you could explore:
- Consumer Markets
- Energy, Mining & Industry
- Professional Services
- Real Estate & Construction
- Technology & Media
BDO Apprenticeship Programme
A university education isn’t for everyone – some people simply want to get out there and start earning straight away. Our Apprenticeship Programme lets you do just that. You’ll be supported throughout your training as you earn while you learn.
With BDO you can pick up highly-regarded professional qualifications, while enjoying a permanent salaried career – all without the expense of funding higher education yourself. At the same time, you’ll be gaining invaluable experience in a commercial environment, working on real business projects alongside leading industry professionals.
Take the BDO route to qualification
Our Apprenticeship Programme combines work experience with getting your professional qualifications; we want to ensure that we are equipping you for success, so we will provide you with training in relevant skills and behaviors, as well as the professional knowledge which is required to be successful in your role. For the first two years you’ll study towards the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) qualification or the Association of Tax Technician qualification (ATT).
If successful in these, you’ll work towards gaining an appropriate professional qualification for your chosen specialism. This will usually be the ACA, but may be the CA (in Scotland) or the CTA if you intend to specialise in tax.
Please note if you work for BDO Drive Solutions your learning journey will start with the AAT and then progress to complete the ACCA qualification.
If you pass all of your exams and complete your apprenticeship learning plan, then within four years you’ll be a qualified accountant as well as achieving a Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship*.
*Please note that the Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship covers: ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIoT qualification pathways.
Always there to support you
From day one you can count on an extensive network of support, including mentors, partners and your individual counselling manager. The counselling manager will monitor your progress, act as an information source and make sure you’ve been set appropriate work and clear objectives. They’ll help you settle in, find the best ways to meet the challenges you face and realise your full potential. You’ll also be assigned a buddy (a more experienced colleague) to support you through your professional exams.
We pay for every aspect of your professional training. This is conducted by external tutor firms, except for the CTA training part, which we offer in-house. We’ll make sure you have all the study time you need, along with support and extra tuition if you want it. Our excellent results speak for themselves – often up to 10% above the national average.
Training includes not only the specialist knowledge and practical tools you’ll need for your business area, but also a range of personal, management, client service and client-winning skills. Together, they’ll help you to become a fully rounded BDO adviser.
Deciding on a particular business area and qualification may seem daunting at this stage. To make it easier, we’ll give you as much information as possible about the options available, so you can see how well they fit in with your strengths and interests. Most of our apprentices trust their instincts to which particular area ‘feels right’ for them.
Please take the time to read about each area to help you make the right choice. You can also watch videos of recent BDO trainees talking about their journey so far.
To be considered for our apprenticeship programme, you need to have at least the following (or equivalent):
- 3 A levels at grades A*-C, excluding General Studies and Extended Projects
- A 9-4 in Maths and English at GCSE
Applications are screened on an on-going basis, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
When the most ambitious, entrepreneurial and high-growth businesses need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to BDO. We are a major global player in our industry and take pride in always keeping sight of our clients’ unique needs. Integrity is at the heart of everything we do. The investment we make in building long-term relationships with our clients is a big part of why our clients would recommend us more than any other firm.
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