If you like working with figures and would like to work on financial projects with a human dimension, you might like the sound of the Society of London Treasurers Graduate Scheme. This well-established programme also offers a good work-life balance including generous holidays. It is one of the few grad schemes that will also accept a 2:2 degree from any degree background – GCSE Englsih and Maths at grade C are also required. The scheme brings together around 17 local authorities and other public services annually to recruit and train around 40 graduates a year who want to pursue a career in public finance. It’s all about putting talented graduates through a secure, four year programme that will form the first part of their journey towards senior management. The scheme also now recruits grads to work in Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.
Through rotations, trainees gain exposure to every element of local government finance, whilst attached to a specific local authority. The scheme has been carefully designed to maximise potential with work varying from key corporate processes to advising senior management and challenging project initiatives. Work will include but not be limited to, budget preparation and monitoring, payroll, pensions, treasury, systems, internal audit and accounting. Trainees are also be sponsored to study for the unique and prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Professional Qualification.
This is more than just a way to achieve a great qualification and be paid to do it though. Being chosen for the scheme will allow you to influence key local authority decisions that matter to communities, enhancing people’s lives.
Although the scheme is now closed for 2014 trainees. it might be something you want to consider for next year. The recruitment process includes online numerical testing, a telephone interview and an assessment centre. I would recommend booking a mock telephone interview with the Careers Service first!