About BDO

When the most ambitious, entrepreneurial and high-growth businesses need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to BDO. We are a major global player in our industry and take pride in always keeping sight of our clients’ unique needs. Integrity is at the heart of everything we do. The investment we make in building long-term relationships with our clients is a big part of why our clients would recommend us more than any other firm.

Our Programme

A university education isn’t for everyone – some people simply want to get out there and start earning straight away. Our Apprenticeship Programme lets you do just that. You’ll be supported throughout your training as you earn while you learn.

With BDO you can pick up highly-regarded professional qualifications, while enjoying a permanent salaried career – all without the expense of funding higher education yourself. At the same time, you’ll be gaining invaluable experience in a commercial environment, working on real business projects alongside leading industry professionals.

We offer Apprenticeship programmes in four key areas:

Advisory

Advisory services at BDO help clients to tackle all the challenges they face on their journeys of growth. Our advisers come from all kinds of backgrounds. Our range of expertise means that we can deliver insightful, innovative solutions to even the most complex challenge - from buying a new business and accessing finance for growth, to stabilising and restructuring at times of financial difficulty. On our Graduate Programme, you will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications, depending on the career path you choose.

Audit

Audit is about exploring whether our clients’ statements about their financial position are true, fair and accurate. We work closely with their finance team and other key stakeholders to really get to know their business and identify any weaknesses - from their financial statements, to their business systems or working culture. We then provide tailored advice on suitable solutions. On our trainee programmes, you will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications. You may also have opportunities to gain other qualifications during your programme.

Business Services and Outsourcing

Sometimes our clients need a level of accounting and business expertise that just isn’t practical for them to keep in-house. We provide a full spectrum of accounting, advisory and compliance services to support companies all around the globe that are growing or tackling change. Relishing a new challenge every day, you’ll develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. You will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications.

Tax

Guiding our clients through the complex, constantly-changing landscape of tax legislation, we help them to follow the law and achieve both their short-term goals and long-term vision. Tax is a rewarding area for diverse personalities, whether you enjoy untangling complex technical details, relish connecting with and helping brilliant people, or love solving problems in new and unique ways. On our trainee programmes, you will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications

 

School leaver opportunities

BDO Summer School Programme

Our one week Summer School programme is a great work shadowing opportunity that provides you with an insight into what a role at BDO would entail.

Summer School offers an exceptional opportunity to look ahead at your career options as you shadow and observe our teams and get the chance to see first-hand the kind of work you could be doing as an apprentice.

TRY BEFORE YOU APPLY

Think a career at BDO might be what you are looking for? Then the Summer School is the perfect place to find out. It lets you experience life at the firm, discover what our work involves on a daily basis, meet our people and explore your options.

If you’re curious about our Apprenticeship Programme and wondering whether to apply for it next year, then this will help you make up your mind.

FIRST THINGS FIRST...

The first step is your application – this is where we choose the strongest candidates we believe will benefit most from this one-week programme. You’ll need to apply for the UK office you’d prefer to be based at, and the business stream you would like to shadow. Then, on your first day, you’ll come to our London office where you’ll meet your fellow colleagues, receive a general introduction to BDO, and take part in various group activities.

After this full-on introduction, you’ll spend the remaining four days at your chosen local office. Now the experience really steps up a gear, as you explore your selected business stream face-to-face. You will be shadowing your team as they work on projects, so you can learn what the job is really like.

Apprenticeships

BDO Apprenticeship Programme

A university education isn’t for everyone – some people simply want to get out there and start earning straight away. Our Apprenticeship Programme lets you do just that. You’ll be supported throughout your training as you earn while you learn.

With BDO you can pick up highly-regarded professional qualifications, while enjoying a permanent salaried career – all without the expense of funding higher education yourself. At the same time, you’ll be gaining invaluable experience in a commercial environment, working on real business projects alongside leading industry professionals.

TAKE THE BDO ROUTE TO QUALIFICATION

Our Apprenticeship Programme combines work experience with getting your professional qualifications; we want to ensure that we are equipping you for success, so we will provide you with training in relevant skills and behaviors, as well as the professional knowledge which is required to be successful in your role. For the first two years, you’ll study towards the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) qualification or the Association of Tax Technician qualification (ATT).

If successful in these, you’ll work towards gaining an appropriate professional qualification for your chosen specialism. This will usually be the ACA, but may be the CA (in Scotland) or the CTA if you intend to specialise in tax.

Please note if you work for BDO Drive Solutions your learning journey will start with the AAT and then progress to complete the ACCA qualification.

If you pass all of your exams and complete your apprenticeship learning plan, then within four years you’ll be a qualified accountant as well as achieving a Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship*.

*Please note that the Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship covers: ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIoT qualification pathways.

ALWAYS THERE TO SUPPORT YOU

From day one you can count on an extensive network of support, including mentors, partners and your individual counselling manager.  The counselling manager will monitor your progress, act as an information source and make sure you’ve been set appropriate work and clear objectives. They’ll help you settle in, find the best ways to meet the challenges you face and realise your full potential. You’ll also be assigned a buddy (a more experienced colleague) to support you through your professional exams.

YOUR TRAINING

We pay for every aspect of your professional training. This is conducted by external tutor firms, except for the CTA training part, which we offer in-house. We’ll make sure you have all the study time you need, along with support and extra tuition if you want it. Our excellent results speak for themselves – often up to 10% above the national average.

 

Training includes not only the specialist knowledge and practical tools you’ll need for your business area, but also a range of personal, management, client service and client-winning skills. Together, they’ll help you to become a fully rounded BDO adviser.

WHICH QUALIFICATION?

Deciding on a particular business area and qualification may seem daunting at this stage. To make it easier, we’ll give you as much information as possible about the options available, so you can see how well they fit in with your strengths and interests. Most of our apprentices trust their instincts to which particular area ‘feels right’ for them.

Please take the time to read about each area to help you make the right choice. You can also watch videos of recent BDO trainees talking about their journey so far.

 

Salary & benefits

The Rewards

At BDO, we believe in collaboration. For you, this means real experience and bigger responsibilities, earlier than you might expect. It’s easy to be inspired at BDO.

As you’d expect we offer a competitive salary and first-class benefits package, but trainees often tell us that our friendly and welcoming culture is what really drew them to BDO. Here, your counseling manager or buddy will provide you with support and advice whenever you need it. You’ll also enjoy how easy we make it to balance work and social life, with a variety of networking groups and great opportunities for sport, socialising and volunteering.

Requirements

What we're looking for 

We’ll expect you to have or be predicted 3 A Levels in any subject (excluding General Studies and Extended Projects) at grades A* - C. You should also have GCSEs in Maths and English Language, also at grades A* - C. Equivalent international qualifications are welcome.

We know that your qualifications and work experience don’t tell us the full story. So we’re keen to find out what you care about and love to do in life. After all, BDO is a place where you should feel free to be yourself. We always look for people who are supportive, responsible, honest and happy working as part of a team.

 

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