Work experience

About the programme

At Grant Thornton, we do work experience differently. Our work experience programme is a unique insight and development programme that will give you a taste of what it's like to work in professional services. To apply to our programme you'll need to be in Year 12 or 13, or S5 or S6.  

Access Accountancy is a movement for change across the accountancy profession working to make sure that everyone has an equal chance of accessing career opportunities in our sector, regardless of background.

As part of our commitment and leadership of improved social mobility, we encourage applications from young people who meet the following Access Accountancy criteria:

  • attend a state school or college and;

  • are or have been eligible for free school meals (or attend a school that is above the regional average in terms of the number of students eligible for free school meals) or;

  • would be the first member of their immediate family to attend university.

Before you begin your work experience week with us, you’ll be invited along to an insights evening where you’ll spend some time getting to know our firm and people, as well as learning about what to expect during your placement.

You’ll then begin your placement with us, spending four days in one of our local offices to understand more about business, the way businesses work and the different types of career opportunities available. 

You'll take part in various exercises and sessions throughout your time with us all of which are designed to give you the best start to your career, and for you to have fun along the way. Sessions include group exercises to help you develop key skills such as team work and communication.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of the three main business areas of our firm (Audit, Tax and Advisory - more on them in the next section below) by taking part in insight sessions and practical exercises relating to these areas.

You'll be pitching a business idea to a panel like a real business adviser would do and there'll also be plenty of opportunity for you to learn about networking and to practice these skills with your fellow Grant Thornton colleagues. 

We'lll cover all costs associated with being a part the programme such as travel, lunches etc.

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for talented people who want to be a part of something bigger. Free to be yourself, confident and approachable. You must be a great relationship builder who can inspire everyone around you with your energy and ideas. 

You should share our CLEARR values - Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility.

Always striving to grow yourself, you should be driven to succeed with the ability to see tasks through to the end and remain agile, even when things don’t go to plan. Your ability to see the bigger picture and also drill down into the small detail will make you stand out from the crowd – a real natural when it comes to solving problems, you’ll be able to analyse the numbers and back them up with strategic advice. Being a part of a team is at the heart of how we work here - you’ll be able to balance working as part of a team and take ownership of the part you play.

We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements. We’ll consider your academic achievements, but your strengths, motivations and connection with us and our values are more important. We’re looking for people with a broad range of interests and experiences.

How To Apply

The first step is to fill in the form by clicking on apply below. You’ll need to register your interest in the programme by providing us with some key details about you.

Once you’ve registered, one of our team will be in touch to talk you through the second stage which is a video interview. They’ll give you some tips on how to prepare so you can really show off your motivation, curiosity and determination. It’s nothing to worry about – we’ll give you lots of advice to really allow you to shine. You can also practice your interview technique and get comfortable with the software before doing the real thing.

The video interview is our final stage of the application process and we select successful candidates from this point.

Click the button below to start your application.