Graduate Trainee Programme

Do you have an interest in the Public Sector in Wales and a passion to make a difference? Do you want a career that counts? Our graduate programme may be just what you’re looking for!

If you choose to join us you will have the opportunity to contribute to making improvements within the Welsh public sector. In return we offer you an exciting start to your career through our recognised graduate trainee programme.  

A career at the Wales Audit Office is not just about the numbers, it’s about making a difference – a career that really does count!

Visit our guidance on applying page for tips and answers to frequently asked questions.

For further information about the programme select an option from the list:

  1. Who are we looking for?
  2. What can we offer you?
  3. What will you be doing?
  4. How do we select our trainees?

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for individuals with a strong academic background who are committed to improving public sector services and see themselves as the future finance leaders within the public sector in Wales. We are genuinely interested in who you are, your strengths and your potential.  

We’re also looking for individuals who are motivated self starters who are confident and have the ability to develop strong working relationships. Successful applicants will need to:

  • be naturally inquisitive, confident to challenge and be challenged but in a professional manner.
  • show strong attention to detail while being able to see the bigger picture.
  • demonstrate a results focussed attitude, responsible for meeting your own objectives, delivering to time, budget and quality.
  • demonstrate strong planning and organisational skills - you should instinctively take the initiative in situations.
  • demonstrate a strong team working ethos.
  • have a desire to continually develop yourself both by securing a professional qualification and ensuring your knowledge and skills are kept up to date.

Whilst we’re looking for individuals with a strong academic record, we will also be considering what else the applicant has to offer – be it strong personal or professional achievements. 

We are committed to increasing the numbers of employees who can communicate effectively in Welsh, both verbally and in writing, as well as understand and interpret Welsh documents. While not an essential requirement, we welcome applications from graduates who have proficiency in the Welsh language. For a further discussion about the level of Welsh language ability required, please contact us.


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What can we offer you?

The graduate trainee programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake a wide range of financial audit work as well as undertake value for money reviews. In addition to enjoying the employee benefits, such as a competitive salary and pension, generous holiday entitlement and flexible arrangements, you will also receive the following:

Study package 

This will include full financial support (membership subscription, tuition/revision, study material, examination entry) and study days. This package helps you study towards a recognised professional accountancy qualification (we are accredited as a training organisation with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants  Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). However we are currently supporting graduates through the ICAEW route.

Network of support

In addition to the support of your peers, you will be allocated: 

  • a line manager to provide you with general support and guidance
  • a buddy to help ease you into your new role as well as providing on-going informal support, introducing you to a social network and being a starting point for general queries, and
  • a professional studies counsellor who will have a critical role to play in developing and supporting you throughout your professional studies. 

You will get support, encouragement and opportunities to grow. You will join people who are as enthusiastic about your development as you are and who are just as keen to see you do well.


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What will you be doing?

Our trainees work with a number of teams across the financial and performance audit practices as well as other business areas such as our Finance team. You will gain knowledge and experience in the different technical aspects of financial and performance audit work. You will also learn how to establish and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally. We cover the whole of Wales and audit staff will be expected to travel to various client offices. Therefore the ability to drive or learning to drive is an essential requirement of this role.


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How do we select our trainees?

Stage 1: online application

We will review your application responses to the 3 mandatory questions to see if you have shown you have the potential, strengths and experience alongside a strong academic record. 

If your answers demonstrate the skills and competencies that we‘re looking for you will be invited to our assessment centre.

Stage 2: assessment centre

This will involve a number of individual and group exercises where you are assessed against our competencies. Further details regarding the assessment centre will be provided if you are invited to attend.

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you will be invited to stage 3 of the assessment process.

Stage 3: interview and presentation

You will be asked to prepare, in advance, a 5-10 minute presentation to deliver in front of a small panel, followed by a short series of questions based on your presentation. You will then participate in a 45 minute competency-based interview which will also provide you with the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions about our organisation and the training programme.

Stage 4: offer

Successful applicants will have performed well in all aspects of the assessment process. If you are successful, we will make you an offer conditional upon a number of pre-employment checks including security and verification of your academic grades entered on your application.


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Further information

If you have any questions regarding, our graduate trainee scheme, selection process or have any specific requirements, please contact the HR team on 029 2032 0547 or email: