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CIPFA Finance Graduate Trainee Scheme

We believe that finance should be at the heart of any organisation and our scheme looks to develop finance leaders capable of playing a pivotal role in the direction and progress of the organisation.

Why should you consider applying?

  • Our scheme is more than just an accountancy programme, it also includes leadership and strategic and personal development.
  • This 4-year scheme is designed to equip you with all the skills and understanding you need to have a successful career within public services.
  • You’ll receive expert guidance and mentoring throughout the programme.
  • Excellent benefits package that improves as your training progresses.
  • Long-term career opportunities at Islington Council.
  • The London Borough of Islington lies in the heart of the city, with thriving cultural, culinary, and nightlife experiences within its 6 square miles.
  • For more information read the Islington’s Finance Graduate Scheme 2021 overview

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Why being a CIPFA Finance Graduate Trainee is for you

 "As a council we value the graduates that come through the Finance Graduate Programme and that is why we have a well established package offering excellent support and work experience required to succeed; as well as a pathway into opportunities for career progression and further learning."- David Hodgkinson, Corporate Director Resources.

Watch the video and listen to David explain more about the role. 

A message from our current graduates, Lucy and Ellena 

Young girl smiling

‘I joined Islington as a History graduate with very little financial and accounting knowledge, but have learnt so much through the combination of my CIPFA studies and putting this into practise in my placements day-to-day. Being given the opportunity to rotate through different teams within Finance has enabled me to get a greater understanding of the different roles and responsibilities.

Islington is a really interesting borough to work in, and is a great working environment as well. Colleagues are really supportive and understanding of the challenges of undertaking studies while working. Having a mentor from day one as an extra level of support is also really helpful’. - Lucy, History, Cardiff University.

Now watch this short video of Ellena, talk about her experience and the many benefits of our CIPFA Graduate Scheme.

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