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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


BDO LLP Nationwide
27 Oct, 2019
Advanced Apprenticeship
BDO Apprenticeship Programme Business Services and Outsourcing Business Services and Outsourcing supplies accounting, business advisory, outsourcing and compliance services to help clients navigate even the most challenging circumstances. We help companies to support their growth and changing requirements within the UK and around the globe. Global Outsourcing helps international clients with a wide variety of accounting requirements across different jurisdictions by coordinating our international network’s local expertise. We invest in the processes, systems and above all, the people in our control centres and outsourcing teams to provide a joined up service to our clients helping them to be more efficient and competitive Applications are screened on an on-going basis, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
BDO LLP London, UK
27 Oct, 2019
Advanced Apprenticeship
Overview Audit means much more than crunching numbers. Auditors are integral to keeping the UK financial system safe for investors and the public. As auditors we use smart questions to get to know our client’s businesses, and maintain scepticism throughout the audit process to ensure we remain impartial. At the completion of an audit we can provide constructive feedback to our clients helping to improve the business’s operations, whilst also helping shareholders to have a full understanding of a company’s financial performance and business risks. As the majority of the audit process involves us working in different teams, with people at varying stages of their career, we’re fortunate to get to know our BDO colleagues really well and often become life-long friends. In TRA, we are both technology assurance partners, and advisors for our clients. Our wide experience in managing technology risk, coupled with deep expertise in areas such as Information Security (including Cyber risks), Data Analytics, Systems and Processes, allows us to help our clients deploy technology in confidence, knowing that risk exposure is minimised and that their technology environments are optimally managed. Our team is trusted to give professional advice to senior client stakeholders, whilst using their own initiatives and expertise  to support BDO in identifying new opportunities for business development and growth. You will be part of one of the fastest growing areas within BDO, a diverse team with a desire to succeed. Part of the London Audit Group, the Technology Risk Assurance (TRA) team works with clients as well as internal teams, to provide innovative solutions to support the ever-developing pace of technology. You will be client-facing, and working within a wide range of industries, supporting the following areas in the team, and eventually specialising in one of these areas and taking on your own portfolio: Cyber Security: Typically focussing on performing cyber controls, gap maturity assessments, and compliance / control reviews, you will support the Cyber Security Management team as they develop propositions and grow the business through technically focused assessments. IT Controls: The role involves understanding our clients, and the various risks that are presented to the IT environments. Using the BDO methodology, you will look at areas concerning logical access controls, change management, data processing, and batch jobs, amongst various other control-based tests, whilst learning what some of the biggest risks are to information systems in the digital world today. Data Analytics: Utilising BDO's Data Analytics tools, you will be helping with the management of Data, and getting maximum value from it. Data Analysis & mining techniques can be used to organize, join, match, and refine data so that it may be analysed to identify issues and inconsistencies that undermine decision making whilst also providing assurance that the information you are using is complete and accurate. An ideal candidate would possess strengths that are aligned to the development of TRA, including, but not limited to: collaboration, innovation, communication, decision making, and analytical skills. You should express an interest in technological innovations relevant to audit, and a willingness to learn and adapt skills to become a part of one of BDO's fastest growing teams. The Technology Risk Assurance team specialise in three core areas – Assurance, Data Analytics and Advisory. The minimum that our candidates will be expected to obtain are: 1) the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), which is affiliated with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and 2) the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB), affiliated with the Institute of Chartered Accounts England and Wales (ICAEW). The CFAB is the first six modules of the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) As trainees move into an agreed upon area of specialism within Assurance, Data Analytics or Advisory, they will be expected to pursue further qualifications specific to that sector. This could include, but is not limited to, the following options: • The ACA – i.e. to complete the remaining nine modules over and above those relevant for the CFAB • System Security Certified Professional (SSCP) and/or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), affiliated with Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) qualification, • BCS (British Computer Society) International Diploma Each route offers a wealth of opportunities and is designed to help you succeed. The duration of each programme is 48 months. Business Area Overview General: • Successfully study towards your professional qualification and, where relevant, corresponding apprenticeship • Use your insights and knowledge to help BDO develop new solutions and initiatives that reflect the changing pace of technology and the technologies of the future • Become a subject matter expert in established and emerging risk areas such as Enterprise Solutions, Cyber Security, Data Protection, IT resilience, Project Assurance, and Information Security; being sought out and deployed on engagements on the basis of that subject matter expertise Cyber Security: • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles of technology risk, the context of risk allowing you to work with clients to identify and mitigate these risks IT Controls: • Understand and document client systems environments relevant to the audited financial statements • Identify and evaluate the design and operating effectiveness of client controls for managing risks around information security, change management, computer operations, and system design and development • Provide advice to clients on how to improve their control environments, reduce risk and optimise operating efficiency Data Analytics: • Develop an understanding of tools and methodologies for analysing large volumes of data; working with clients to use data analytics for providing key insights to their business; supporting firm-wide initiatives for the use of data analytics in enhancing our own methodologies and frameworks Requirements Candidates must have, or be on course for the following grades (or international equivalent): •3 A Levels at grades A*- C, excluding General Studies and Extended Projects •Grade 9-4 in English Language & Maths GCSE About BDO BDO LLP is an accountancy and business advisory firm, we provide integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world. Our clients are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high growth businesses that fuel the economy. We share our clients’ ambitions and their entrepreneurial mind-set. We have the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise to help them succeed. BDO LLP operates in 17 locations across the UK, employing 5000 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services. BDO LLP has revenues of £590m and is the UK member firm of the BDO International network. The BDO global network provides business advisory services in 162 countries, with 80,000 people working out of 1,500 offices worldwide. It has revenues of $9bn. BDO gives trainees all the training they need to attain their professional qualifications, along with extensive practical experience that includes on-site client work. The firm provides constant support to help you achieve your potential. 'Achieving My Potential’ is BDO’s organisational framework. It is made up of 4 key elements – core competencies, technical competencies, values and attitude. In essence, what you do and how you do it.
BDO LLP Nationwide
27 Oct, 2019
Advanced Apprenticeship
The audit stream is the largest service stream within BDO. As a part of the Audit team you’ll become an indispensable adviser to our clients whether they are listed on FTSE350 or AIM, a national not for profit organisation or a fast growing privately owned business with overseas operations. Working in Audit means much more than just analysing numbers, we really get to know our clients by building close relationships with key individuals there in order to help them and their investors to better understand their financial performance, business systems, culture and the risks they face and then to provide crucial advice to them in these areas. Our structured development programme will help you to develop your career in whichever direction it takes by supporting you to study for your professional qualifications (ACA or CA) whilst working in different industry sectors. You’ll work as a part of a team, all of whom will be highly supportive, and there are plenty of opportunities to socialise together as well. Many people choose to specialise in an industry sector, perhaps even gaining a reputation as a leading expert in their field, or alternatively choose to become a generalist usually in one of our regional office, looking after clients across a range of sectors. Each day will be different, working with a variety of clients with much of your time spent at the client’s premises talking to the different functions there to understand the business being audited. If you want even more variety, then in your third year there is the possibility that you could get involved in an overseas secondment to one of the firms in our international network across the 156 countries in the world in which we operate. We never stop investing in your development, whether you are a new joiner of an experienced Partner, to make sure you continue to make an impact here and with our clients. Working in audit, as well as equipping you with technical skills, will provide you with broad business and commercial skills which will really help you be successful in your career and open up many opportunities. Working within Audit & Assurance, you could explore: Consumer Markets Energy, Mining & Industry Professional Services Real Estate & Construction Technology & Media Applications are screened on an on-going basis, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
BDO LLP Birmingham, Bristol
27 Oct, 2019
Advanced Apprenticeship
Not a single business stream but a whole set, our seven national advisory streams deliver more than 25 distinct services between them, to a broad range of clients and markets. As businesses grow, so do the challenges they face. BDO’s advisory services help our clients to meet these challenges at every stage of their life cycle. Such key events might include buying a new business, or exiting one in order to extract maximum value. A business might run into financial difficulties – we can help there too, stepping in to stabilise and restructure the organisation. We have other advisers who specialise in resolving legal disputes with a financial dimension (this is called forensic accounting) or in fighting fraud. A company may wish to expand internationally, float on a stock exchange, manage its risk or achieve specific long-term objectives – our advisory streams provide expert support in all these areas and more. While retaining their own unique identities, the streams work together internally to make the most of everyone’s talents and maximise the available opportunities. Business areas include Business Restructuring, Forensic services, Global Outsourcing, Management Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Transaction Services, and Risk and Advisory Services. Currently there is a fast-growing appetite among corporates for the services that we offer, so this is an area of real opportunity. Applications are screened on an on-going basis, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  
BDO LLP Gatwick, Guildford, London, Ipswich, Southampton
27 Oct, 2019
Advanced Apprenticeship
A BDO client will generally have some short-term goals and a long-term vision – but standing in their way will often be a number of tax-related issues. Our job is to act as guides through the complex, ever-changing landscape of tax legislation, to help our clients get where they want to be by the most effective route. To do this, we must offer many different tax services. These include day-to-day compliance with the tax authorities, advice on employment taxation and international tax, transaction support for deals such as mergers and acquisitions, VAT services, expatriate tax advice and more. Such a diverse offering means we need similar variety in our team. We need specialists who can handle the most technically challenging and sector-specific issues, we need versatile and people-focused individuals who can field a wide range of questions from large owner-managed businesses, and we need brilliant innovators who can work on tailored solutions to address a client’s specific circumstances. Your journey to becoming a BDO tax adviser will begin in the area of compliance – with responsibilities such as providing figures for a company’s statutory accounts, and preparing their corporate tax returns. As you develop, you’ll progress on to more challenging work, such as advising a client’s on tax opportunities and pitfalls. You will also begin to deal directly with HMRC and get to grips with complex tax advisory projects. You may also get the chance to spend time in one of our specialist tax areas, or in one of our audit groups, to really explore your options and talents and diversify your experience. Applications are screened on an on-going basis, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.