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Anything left unanswered? Email us at traineerecruitment@uk.gt.com and someone from our team will be in touch. 

  • What opportunities do Grant Thornton have?

    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 70 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. 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.

  • Applications and minimum requirements

    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 don't have minimum academic requirements so if you have achieved lower academic results, you can still apply to us. 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 you're 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?

    Short answer – no. You can only make one application to us each season. If a location you've applied for is already full, we will consider you for another location and will be in touch to discuss if you'd like to transfer your application the alternative location. 


    When’s the best time to apply?

    Our advice - as early as you can. We 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. We open for applications in early September every year. 


    Do you accept applications from candidates 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.


    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.


    Can I transfer my application to another location and business area?

    If your proposed office has no remaining positions, we are happy to consider you for another location. If you are considering moving to a different business area then we will check your motivation first. We are keen to develop credible business advisers; however you need to be focused on the business area chosen.


    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. 


    What if I 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.

  • What's it like at Grant Thornton and what do Vibrant Economy and Shared Enterprise mean?

    Why Grant Thornton and what do you mean by helping to shape a Vibrant Economy and Shared Enterprise?

    We're a firm with purpose, helping to shape an economy where businesses, people, and communities all benefit.

    We will do this through: 

    Trust and Integrity

    Rebuilding trust in the UK, its companies and markets to empower them as twin forces to unlock social and economic potential.

    Sustainable Growth    

    Fostering a culture of sustainable growth in the UK, across the public, private and third sectors.

    Thriving Environments    

    Building dynamic cities and communities across the UK, which give people and businesses the opportunities to fulfil their potential.

    You can find out more about our purpose of shaping a Vibrant Economy here.

    Grant Thornton is a Shared Enterprise but what does that really mean?

    Our culture is about empowering people to share ideas, find solutions and make decisions in a way that they may not have the opportunity to do in a more traditional, top-down environment.

    It means that all our people are empowered to make decisions to help us achieve our vision and provide great service to our clients.  In practice this means:

    • all our people have the opportunity to share ideas and views

    • we're all committed to a common goal, for performing at our best and for coaching one another to get there

    • we're all rewarded for achieving superior results

    We're constantly looking to bring insights to our clients, with an approachable, down-to-earth attitude and a real enthusiasm for business. Our size gives us a unique position in the market; big enough to take on any challenge, yet with the personal touch that allows us to dig right to the core of our clients' needs and be agile and insightful in our response. It also means that with us you're not just a number - or a number cruncher. We value and support our people and your voice is heard. We want you to take ownership of your career, so we’ll not only support your professional study, but give you responsibility at an early stage, working on assignments for dynamic and fast-moving companies of all shapes and sizes across a broad range of sectors. It’s real work for a real career that starts as soon as you join us.


    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?

    There are no silly hours, but 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. You will be given time off in lieu for these additional hours. You can also buy up to ten days additional holiday to use how you like.

  • Study and training

    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?

    We'll find a way which suits you. 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 is available 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.

  • 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.

  • Pay, leave and benefits

    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 or sell up to two days.


    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 panic, 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.