12 Month Placements

About the programme

If you’re on a four-year sandwich degree course, our 12-month placement year right at the heart of business could be for you. You’ll work as a fully signed-up member of the team, taking on the same responsibilities as a first year graduate. And did you know, we're rated the number three top employer of internships and placements in Rate My Placement's Top Undergraduate Employers. 

Your placement begins with an orientation over two days in London with a celebratory evening to kick-off the year, followed by a full day of getting to know us and our vision  as well as your peers and colleagues

Doing a placement with us is an excellent way to get a proper insight into our business and our clients. There's a learning culture all about development, real client work and a fast-track to a graduate offer if you choose this path. You’ll enjoy excellent networking opportunities through a number of national and local social events.

Whichever part of our business your placement is in, you'll gain an in-depth insight into business and working with our clients to drive growth. You'll immerse yourself in our purpose of shaping a Vibrant Economy where businesses people and communities can thrive. It's an exciting time to be a part of, and gain an insight, into our ambitious and dynamic organisation.

Business areas

  • Audit
  • Tax
  • Advisory

Our clients are operating in uncertain times, trust and integrity in financial markets is needed more than ever -  it's our job to work with them to make a difference and fulfil their responsibility to their stakeholders.

During the course of your placement, you’ll spend most of your time on site with clients, across a variety of sectors, as part of an audit team, to get a real insight into how they work. Assignments range from a few days to eight weeks.

You'll be doing hands-on audit work; examining company accounts, carrying out audit tests, attending stock takes and completing audit files. You could also specialise in public sector audit, where you’ll deal with government departments, public services and local authorities.

To find out more about what it's like to work in audit, click here.

Our clients look to us not only to save money, but also to ensure they are operating within the law. The serious, and often expensive, consequences of bad tax advice mean that the work we do is of huge importance. Tax is a cost to their business and we are here to help them operate efficiently to manage that.

As a tax adviser you'll be working with organisations or individuals, interpreting complex legislation and delivering solutions in a way that the client understands. 

As a placement you could join us in the areas of Corporate Tax, Restructuring, Tax Investigations or Trusts.

To find out more about what it's like to work in tax, click here

During your placement within advisory, you'll be gaining experience in the fastest growing area of our firm. Our expert teams provide innovative solutions that support the growth ambitions of our clients and you'll be part of a team advising organisations of all different sizes and from a wide range of sectors, delivering effective and innovative solutions to help unlock their potential for growth.

Our advisory teams are involved in some of the most dynamic parts of a business cycle and with some of the most exciting clients out there. Depending on what area you'll join you will gain experience in helping businesses either start, expand or begin a new chapter.

As a placement in advisory you could join Corporate Finance Advisory, Government and Infrastructure Advisory (GIA), Forensic Insolvency Division (FInD) or Complex and International Insolvency. 

To find out more about what it's like to work in advisory, click here.

What's in it for me?

  • Training & Development
  • Salary & Reward
  • Career Progression

As well as immersing yourself in our vision and purpose on your initial orientation, you'll have plenty of opportunity to further deepen your understanding of our purpose of shaping a vibrant economy throughout the course of your placement.

You'll have the chance to be a part of exciting projects beyond the day job which will really help with your development, as well as being a lot of fun. 

You'll travel to our internal training centre, Bradenham manor, for a two-day workshop to help you on your way to becoming a credible business adviser.

And if all of the above is not enough to keep you busy, you'll spend the course of your placement working on an inquiry, which is connected to our purpose based on a nationwide issue, culminating in an end of internship presentation – our placements tell us they love the learning opportunity, the challenge and the opportunity to research and present on an important issue.

You'll develop new skills and build your business knowledge and confidence across a broad portfolio of clients, supported throughout by a manager and trainee buddy. Plus you'll get excellent networking opportunities, wth a number of national and local social events.  

All our people get a competitive salary and our placements are no different. Salaries vary across our offices and are based on the cost of living and local market rates.

There's our employee recognition scheme too – where our people recognise each other for the great things they do. Whether it's a shout out, a voucher or a special treat for when someone has gone the extra mile, there's always an opportunity to recognise or be recognised for doing a fantastic job.  

You'll also find out about our culture of shared enterprise where all our people are entitled to a share of the profit on top of their salary – meaning that in our culture we're all inspired to contribute ideas towards the future of our business, to take responsibility in making them happen and as a result share in the reward that they bring.

This combined with a competitive salary alongside flexble benefit options are what you'll benefit from if you join us on our graduate programme after your final year.

Your placement is just the start of your career with us. It's your first experience of what life as a trainee is like at Grant Thornton. Most of our placements join us after graduation as a full-time trainee.

Our graduates join us on a three year programme to become professionally qualified business advisers. Our trainees balance client work with study and revision for professional exams. It's a tough few years and you'll need to be dedicated and focused on passing exams, offering market leading business advice and providing great client service all at the same time.

Your three year graduate programme is just the start of your career with us. Once you qualify you'll be supported in making great decisions about what's next for you in Grant Thornton.

You may wish to progress in your current team, make an internal move to another business unit, on a secondment or on a permanent basis, or you might wish to take an overseas assignment to one of our global member firms.

To find out more about our graduate programme, visit the programme page here

Who we're looking for

You're not just looking for any old job. And we're not looking for any old placement student. Our business advisers are credible, agile and passionate about what they do. They work with dynamic clients and build strong relationships quickly.

You'll have a genuine interest in the clients you'll work with, the sectors in which they operate and be tuned into the challenges they're facing. Ultimately great business advice comes from asking great questions and doing great listening.  You'll show initiative and bring unique perspectives to challenging situations – knowing what you do matters to our clients, their business and the wider economy.

You'll be down-to-earth and eager to be an active participant in our culture of growth.

Our CLEARR (Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect, Responsibility) values underpin everything we do at Grant Thornton and we're looking for people who are passionate about, and have a connection with, what we stand for as an organisation. Click here to find out a bit more.

How To Apply

The first step of our application process is to complete an online application form. We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements and are looking for people who have a broad range of interests and experiences. We look at four areas of an application; your academic achievements, your personal achievements, your professional achievements as well as how well you'll fit our culture.

At this point, all successful candidates are invited to be a part of our online community 'Grant Thornton: I've applied' – this is a space where you can connect with other candidates, current trainees and our recruiters. You'll get top tips and advice to help set you up ready for the further stages of the process. There's loads of great advice, blogs and discussions to help you succeed.

The later stages of our process involve an online digital interview, online numerical, verbal and critical reasoning tests as well as a final round assessment day.

The assessment day will be half a day involving a group exercise with a follow up one-to- one interview relating to the exercise, another one-to-one interview to get to know you better and a lunch/coffee with some of our trainees to help you get to know us better.

Visit our trainee blog here for some tips on the application process.