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NAO Digital Financial Audit Apprentice September 2024

NAO Digital Financial Audit Apprentice September 2024

Deadline: Apr 5, 2024
Job Type: Apprenticeship
Salary: Competitive
Career Zones: Accountancy

The Details

Type of role: 4-year programme – combined certification and degree apprenticeship (Award of ACA Level 1 CFAB and Level 6 BSc Applied Digital Technology Degree).

Locations and starting salaries: London £26,454 / Newcastle £20,575

Further information:

-DFA Apprentice Scheme brochure https://bit.ly/3wpYTCt

- CFAB - https://careers.icaew.com/find-your-route/icaew-cfab

- Level 6 BSc Applied Digital Technology Degree – https://www.bpp.com/courses/data-and-technology/apprenticeships/digital-technology-solutions

- DTS Apprenticeship standards - https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/digital-and-technology-solutions-professional-v1-2

Our ambition for our apprentices is that you will:

- Start a fantastic, purpose driven career in an inclusive and supportive environment.

- Get involved in challenging, inspiring work that makes a difference to the nation.

- Undertake varied work with an unrivalled network of high-profile government departments, public sector bodies and non-departmental government bodies.

- Obtain the Chartered Accountancy CFAB and a Level 6 BSc Applied Digital Technology Degree qualifications.

- Become a highly valuable and marketable IT audit / data analytics specialist

- Learn more about yourself and your ambitions as you develop skills as a professional, a manager and a leader.

- Enjoy a supportive and social peer network and work with colleagues who are excited to support your development

We also offer an extremely attractive pay and benefits package:

- A highly competitive starting salary

- Annual pay increases with additional increases upon passing each exam milestone

- Fully funded ACA CFAB certification and level 6 Digital Technology degree apprenticeship

- 35 days’ holiday (including public holidays)

- Fully paid study leave in block release

- Civil Service pension scheme

- Opportunities to take responsibility early in your career

- An excellent system of support from NAO colleagues

The start date for the scheme is Monday 2 September 2024.

Note: We reserve the right to close vacancies earlier than the closing date should sufficient number of applications be received. We recommend prompt submission of your application.



As you navigate your path towards qualifications as an Apprentice, you will work with a diverse range of audited bodies including central and local government and work alongside seasoned professionals to deliver work that directly makes a difference to our society. You’ll start out by working as a team member supporting our core digital financial audits, building your skills through our training programme and 1:1 on the job learning and over time, have the opportunity to work on larger and more complex work. As we support you to develop your skills and confidence, you will have the opportunity to take more of a lead role, develop others and manage teams. At the end of your training programme, you will have the opportunity to specialise in either IT audit, data and analytics or have a mixed portfolio.

Our apprentices get involved in various projects which may require visits to audited bodies’ locations across the UK, and sometimes even further afield. You’ll get to work on audited bodies where you can understand how businesses really work and recommend how they can make improvements. Your work will contribute to Parliament’s scrutiny of Government, enable government bodies to build stronger systems of internal control and help improve public services through our high quality audits.

Skills required

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate an interest in information technology, the benefits and risks but who can also:

- Analyse data to draw sound conclusions

- Communicate effectively with others

- Demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, and drive

- Build and maintain effective relationships

- Plan and organise workload to deliver high quality work to deadline

Note: You should submit your own application without help from other sources e.g., ChatGPT/AI software. Any applications whereby external support has been provided will be disqualified.

Entry requirements 

- 5 x GCSEs at grade 4-9 (A-C) or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English.

- We require a minimum of 120 UCAS points (or 300 based on the pre-September 2017 UCAS tariff point system) or equivalent, not including General Studies. Applicants must NOT hold a degree.

- If you have 104 UCAS points (or 260 based on the former UCAS tariff point system), you may still be eligible to apply as your application will be reviewed in the context of your socio-economic background.

- If you have not yet taken your exams, please enter your predicted grades into your application form.

- You should not be on a current training contract with another accountancy firm or be part-qualified.

Please note, if you receive an offer for the training scheme you will be required to provide evidence of your academics. If you have studied outside of the UK, you will need to provide evidence of your certificates and we will map your academics to the UK equivalent using NARIC.

Nationality Requirements:

- UK Nationals

- Nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

- Nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

Please note, we are not able to sponsor work visas. Please contact us at HRServiceDesk@nao.org.uk should you have any questions on your nationality eligibility. As the apprentice scheme is 4 years, candidates need to have the right to work as a permanent, full-time employee in the UK without restrictions for the duration. We would recommend that you visit the UK government website to check eligibility.