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What programmes do you have on offer for students and graduates?
Graduate, school leaver, 12-month placement, summer internship and work experience.
How many roles do we recruit for each year and where?
Approximately 450 roles per year across all programmes. We recruit around 300 trainees at school leaver and graduate level; around 80 summer interns; 40 12-month placements; 60 students on our work experience programme.
You could join us in one of the following locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton. Check our current available roles for more detail.
What areas do you recruit into?
Audit (both commerical audit and public sector audit), Tax (corporate and a number of specialist areas) and Advisory (rotational advisory programme and a number of specialist areas) You can find the current vacancies by searching here. Whichever route you join, we work with you to develop you into a credible business person.
Which job am I most suited to?
The programme you apply to depends on where you currently are in the education system. Only penultimate year university students can apply to our placement and internship programmes. Final year students or graduates can apply for our graduate programme. Students who have just completed their A levels/Highers/IB tend to apply to our school leaver programme; however, this is open to anyone who doesn't have a degree. Students in Year 12/5th year can apply to our work experience programme.
As far as determining which business area is right for you, we tend to find tax attracts students of law or maths and business studies students apply to audit. However, this is totally open and your choice. The more diverse, the better for us. We encourage and appreciate applications from all degree subjects and urge you to make your decision on what role appeals. You do need to show commitment to the role you're applying to though whichever once you decide to go for. It's also worth considering your personality. Are you the type of person who likes to change your team and working location frequently? Maybe audit would suit you better than tax in this case, as you will very regularly be working out of the office on different client sites. All our roles require you to be commercial, have attention to detail and be able to develop great client relationships - so anyone with these skills would suit all of our roles.
What are the minimum requirements for your programmes?
Our entry requirements are balanced across four areas:
your personal achievements
your professional achievements
your academic achievements
your connection with the Grant Thornton brand and values
We look at each candidate in a balanced sense, each individual application is considered in its entirety.
Academic performance is one part of what we look at, but not the only part of you we consider. We're looking for well-rounded candidates who connect with our brand, values and culture and want to make a difference right from the start.
As a trainee you'll be studying for a professional qualification. It's really important that you can balance study, revision and client work. It's going to be a challenging few years but being professionally qualified opens up many doors and fast-tracks your career as a business adviser.
All roles and programmes require you to have a focus on a career in Accountancy. You'll be keen to develop as a business adviser. You'll get there by being focused on one of the main business areas.
What does having a connection with the Grant Thornton brand and values really mean?
At Grant Thornton, we've created a culture of openness and transparency where all our people can make a difference.
Our CLEARR values underpin our culture and how we do business. They are embedded throughout our business and set the parameters of how we expect people to behave with their colleagues, clients and the world at large.
Our CLEARR values are;
Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility.
Collaboration - ask for help, give help. We work together well
Leadership - have courage and inspire others. We challenge each other to be the best we can be
Excellence - find a better way every time. We never get complacent
Agility - think broadly, act quickly. We thrive in change
Respect - listen and understand, be forthright. We create honest relationships
Responsibility - use influence wisely. We own our actions
It's about more than just entry requirements. It's about you, and it's about us and whether we fit.
we have a genuine interest in our clients. You'll need to show you have this too.
we seize opportunities. You need to show us that there's more to you than just work and study.
we use critical thinking to bring clarity, insight and purpose. You'll need to show us you're ready for the challenge of balancing a rigorous work and study routine.
we know what we do matters. You'll need to show us that you understand and connect with our values and the way we do things.
It's about us looking at you as an individual. You're unique. So are we. Curious? Then explore more about what life as a business adviser at Grant Thornton is really like and prepare to submit your application.
What if I have extenuating circumstances?
Provide details of your circumstances on the application form. We'll consider it along with the rest of your application. It won't be a black or white decision as to whether you'll get through as we'll be looking at the whole application. We're not just interested in your academics. They count, but it's about you as a person and how you've made a difference. We're an open and inclusive organisation and recognise talent and potential.
I've got a 2.2 can I apply?
Yes in short. Academic performance is one of four areas we look at on an application form. We work with a balanced screening scorecard when we look at applications so it's about you demonstrating your strengths across all areas.
I've got less than 300 UCAS points. Can I apply?
Again, yes in short. If you sit a long way from 300, you’re really going to need to show us how you excel in other areas of our screening scorecard. You’ll be against candidates who excel in all areas, including their academic performance, so you need to consider what it is you’re really great at and show us. You’ll also need to demonstrate a particularly strong connection with our brand and values.
I didn't get a B at GCSE Maths or English. Can I apply?
Same as above. You'll need to demonstrate you're strong in other areas and demonstrate a particularly strong connection with us and our brand.
How long will it take to complete an application?
We've spent a lot of time tailoring our application form so we're only asking you the essentials and what we really need to know. Our form should take you around an hour to complete. You can save and come back to at any time, it doesn't have to completed in one sitting. Just because it's shorter though doesn't mean you should put less effort in. We're looking for great candidates who really connect with us who are passionate about Grant Thornton. Put your all into it - we've cut it down in terms of length for you to really be able to concentrate your efforts. Good luck.
Can I make more than one application to a few of your offices to increase my chances?
You can only make one application to us each season. Please think carefully about where you want to be based for the duration of your training contract before you apply to us.
When’s the best time to apply?
For our graduate and school leaver roles, you can apply from 18th September 2017 and we expect to have filled the majority of our roles by the end of April 2018.
You can apply for 12-month placement roles from 1st November 2017 and for our internship roles from 1st December 2017. We expect to have filled the majority of our placement and internships roles by the end of February 2018.
We advise applying as early as you can once applications have opened for the programme you're interested in. We'll fill roles as we go, so the earlier you apply the more chance you've got securing a place in the area and location you want.
What if I require a visa? Do you accept applications from students who require a visa?
Candidates who require a visa will be subject to the same application and selection process as those who have the right to work in the UK. An application for a visa is made if you are successful in all stages of the recruitment process, have received and accepted an offer from us, and we have seen proof of your qualifications. Any job offer is subject to successful attainment of a visa. All recruitment activity takes place in the UK, which means international applicants will need to travel to one of our UK offices. Travel expenses of up to £80 will be reimbursed. We comply with all UK Border Agency regulations. This means for certain programmes, roles and locations we won't be able to consider international applicants due to salary restrictions.
If you are applying for a graduate position, and you require a visa, you can apply for a role in the following offices: London, Reading, Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Gatwick.
Can international students apply for a school leaver or 12-month placement programme?
Currently under the new tiered immigration legislation a school leaver and 12-month placement students are not eligible for the appropriate visa for these programmes, and therefore to work for the firm. The UK Borders Agency website outlines the minimum eligibility requirements for this visa.
Can international students apply for a summer placement programme?
Under the current immigration legislation only international students who are studying in the UK can get a visa to work in the UK (tier 4, previously named 'student visa') and therefore can apply for our summer placement programme. Further information on the Tier 4 Visa can be found on the UK Border Agency Website.
I’m studying or have completed the AAT qualification (not including a levels, degree or equivalent), what programme should I apply for?
If you’re studying for an AAT please apply for our school leaver programmes and detail what level AAT you are studying towards or have completed, in your application.
Can I get feedback on my application?
We provide feedback after the digital interview, online tests and assessment day whether you're successful or not If you're unsuccessful after initial application, we will notify you on the outcome but are unable to offer detailed feedback at this stage.
I haven't been successful for this year's programmes. When can I next apply?
When we open for applications again the following September. We can then see your updated experiences and skills.
Can I apply if I have started my training contract with someone else?
Technically yes, however we wouldn’t recommend it. We would need to consider each person on a case-by-case basis.
What about travel expenses?
Don't worry, we'll make sure you're never out of pocket when travelling to ours or client sites as a trainee. We also reimburse travel expenses for interviews up to £80.
What about equal opportunities?
Our firm believes that diverse thinking and approach is critical to getting the best solutions for our clients and creating a stimulating work environment where everyone is enabled to realise their full potential. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010, and building an accurate picture of our workforce in encouraging equality and diversity.
We are committed to creating a working environment where all colleagues are treated equally, where differences are understood and respected, and everyone feels valued and able to perform at their best. This is our aspiration.
Who we are
At Grant Thornton, you’ll help to make a difference. Whether you’re a graduate, student or school leaver, you’ll get the support you’ll be inspired and provided with all kinds of learning opportunities to help you grow in confidence and develop the skills you need to become a future leader. But you’ll also do so much more than that. You’ll enjoy a role with an organisation that has a real purpose. You’ll help us to shape a vibrant economy for the UK and beyond.
We work with banks, regulators and government to rebuild trust. We work with dynamic organisations to help them grow. And we work with the public sector to build a business environment that supports growth, including national and local public services.
Being part of a dynamic global firm driven by independent thinkers, we provide high quality business and financial advice to a wide range of clients in countries all over the world.
Shaping a vibrant economy
- We have a bold purpose – by unlocking the potential for growth in our people, clients and our communities we believe we can help shape a vibrant economy where no-one gets left behind We seek to achieve this through building trust and integrity of markets, unlocking sustainable growth in dynamic organisations and creating environments where businesses and people flourish
- Over the past 18 months we’ve brought together over 1,000 business and community leaders from across the UK to share their aspirations. We've collected their thoughts and ideas and created a set of recommendations we're sharing with government
- As a result of our conversations, we’ve created taskforces to tackle some of the big issues facing society today, like the housing crisis and the future of work
Becoming a shared enterprise
Everybody here plays their part. It’s a real team effort. It’s why our unique culture is built around collaboration and over the past few years we’ve been making big changes - moving towards becoming a shared enterprise. We share ideas. We share responsibility. We share the rewards. Put simply, we’re better together.
What international opportunities are there with Grant Thornton?
As a member of Grant Thornton International, we have 521 offices in 113 countries worldwide. So you’ll have plenty of potential for international exposure - either through secondments to other member firms or working on assignments abroad.
What is the social life like at Grant Thornton?
Each office is different, but in general we are a lively firm, and our offices have active social calendars – and enthusiastic participants. Departments also arrange their own activities on a regular basis. We have football, cricket and netball teams, internal and external sporting tournaments, corporate responsibility events, summer and Christmas parties as well as informal evening drinks in some locations. And, in keeping with our proactive atmosphere, if you want to organise a social event or gathering we’re all for it!
What type of person are you looking for?
At Grant Thornton we look for the exceptional. And for us that starts with passion and enthusiasm – we want someone who really cares about making a wider impact. Our teams of advisers are independent thinkers who examine and test assumptions. They love tough challenges and believe what they do matters.
As a Grant Thornton trainee you’ll listen critically, and be inspired to ask the questions that allow you to really get under the skin of a business. You’ll drill down to the relevant issues, regardless of sector, to offer our clients the kind of business advice that takes them from where they are to where they want to go.
However, it’s not only about technical expertise or a qualification. Good relationships and credibility are ultimately what make the business world go round, and we’re looking for people who are confident and with the personality to build a genuine rapport with our clients and spot opportunities to add value. It’s what gives your knowledge and professional qualifications the kind of edge that really drives your career - and our business forward.
What sort of experience will I receive at Grant Thornton?
We’re looking for exceptional people and we don’t take on huge numbers of graduates. As such, we expect you to become an effective member of the team as soon as possible. You'll enjoy a hands-on and proactive start to your career with a variety of challenging clients and roles.
you’ll get to understand different types of businesses and what motivates the people running the business
you’ll work alongside very different people (within Grant Thornton and among our client base), experts in their field, learning from their experience and developing your own skills and knowledge.
you’ll develop and nurture working relationships with our clients. You'll build a personal rapport with key individuals who will trust and rely on you as a business adviser with a genuine, professional interest in their business - and ours.
We’re looking for a real interest in the commercial world - so that we know our clients will see your enthusiasm for their business straight away.
How much responsibility will be expected of me?
As much as you want! We want to stretch you, but we also know the people who join us seek out opportunity and want to take their own career forward. Grant Thornton is a meritocracy - you will get on as fast as you are able. In most cases you can expect to be in charge of assignments within 18 months. And that means 'in-charge' - where you act as a main point of contact for the client, report directly to managers and liaise with partners. This may seem daunting, but speak to our trainees and they'll reassure you that progression doesn't mean being thrown in at the deep end.
Will the first few weeks/months be spent making coffee and photocopying?
Coffee, yes if you're getting one yourself. We've more than that in mind for you though. We want to get you up to speed as fast as possible, so much of your first few months will be spent training either for professional examinations or at our residential training centre, Bradenham Manor. It's good to be realistic, there's admin in every role, at every level but there is far more to the job than just that.
What is the work/life balance like?
Work/life balance is important and valued here and you won't be expected to always work long hours or overtime. At certain times of the year, such as financial year ends, you will need to work overtime to ensure quality of service to our clients. In some teams there's a possibility to claim back time off in lieu for these additional hours. You can also buy up to ten days additional holiday to use how you like.
Will I receive paid study leave?
Like you, we want you to pass your exams first time. So we give you paid study leave to attend all the relevant tuition and revision courses. How much you get depends on the qualification you are studying and the method of study.
What level of support will Grant Thornton give me?
Lots! Not only do you get paid while attending college, but we also cover the cost of tuition, books, examination and entry fees. On top of this, you'll get the support on a day-to-day basis from colleagues, managers and other students.
How do I study for my exams?
There are a number of different routes for studying for professional qualifications, such as link, split-intensive and full time. Ask at your interview what study route is available at that office and we’ll discuss the best method with you.
What is the firm's policy if I fail the professional examinations first time?
We want you to pass and give you the best possible chance to do that at the first attempt. However, we recognise that you can have a bad day. If your results don’t match your expectations then we will talk through your performance with you and review your work and previous exam performances in order to consider all your options.
What happens to me when my training contract ends?
Although you sign a three-year training contract, we view all of our trainees as having a long-term career with us. During your first few years, you'll work with your line manager to ensure you've been building your skills as a credible business adviser. After your training contract, you might want to stay on in your department or move to another department or office within our UK or international network. Some people also apply for a sabbatical and take time out to travel.
Will there be much travel?
You’ll travel to clients and to Bradenham Manor, our national training centre so you will need to be prepared to be away from home for some periods of time, ranging from a day to several weeks depending on the assignment.
What are the secondment opportunities like at Grant Thornton?
We see exposure to different business areas, sectors, internally or abroad, as part of our trainees’ development, and so support applications to do so. Formal secondments typically happen post-qualification to ensure you have the correct amount of knowledge and experience to pass your exams. We also have relationships with intermediaries such as banks and law firms, as well as with clients, and can also second people to them.
What will my starting salary be?
Salaries are competitive and in line with the wider industry. They vary across our offices and are based on the cost of living and local market rates. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your starting salary and other benefits when offered.
How is my pay structured?
Your salary will be reviewed along with your colleagues. You can expect rewarding pay rises as you progress through your programme and career.
Does a Masters degree set me apart? Does it give me more salary?
No. We don’t have any special intake, extra level or salary for those with a Masters degree, although we do encourage those with a masters to apply for our graduate trainee programme.
What will be my annual leave entitlement?
To start with you get 22 days, plus public holidays. Holiday entitlement will increase as you progress in your career. You’ll also have the opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional holiday.
Are there other benefits ie pension, healthcare, etc?
We offer a number of excellent benefits such as life assurance, private health cover and pension. There's a flexible benefit scheme so you can tailor the benefits to suit your needs.
I'm in debt and I'm worried about my living costs and being able to afford the essentials in my first few months of work. Can you help?
Don't worry, we can help. It's important to us that you're settled and happy. You can apply for an interest free loan of £2500 on your first day if you need it.