Join our school leaver programme

School leaver programme

If you feel university is not for you and you want to enter the world of work while training for a professional accounting qualification, our five-year school leaver programme is a great opportunity.

We offer full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) along with a competitive salary, career development and job opportunities after qualifying.

You'll work in different teams on a range of audits in local and central government, the NHS and other sectors, and you'll also join up with our graduate trainees and have peer support while you learn the job and study.

Our school leaver trainees are really valued members of the team at Audit Scotland; they bring a new perspective and make a real difference to the work we do. For someone who is unsure about whether university is right for them, the school leaver programme is a great option - work towards a recognised accounting qualification while gaining on-the-job work experience and getting paid.

You’ll have peer support every step of the way as you learn the job and engage with your studies. I wish I had been able to do something similar when I left school!

Morgan Kingston, Professional Trainee Steering Group

About us

our work

We audit 224 bodies across the public sector, including central government and the Scottish Parliament, local councils, NHS bodies and further education colleges.

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Interested in applying?

Whatever your background, if you've got great analytical skills and are committed to studying for a professional qualification, we'd like to hear from you.

Visit our jobs application website at the links below for more details about the skills and qualifications we're looking for and how to apply:

School leaver programme

The closing date for applications is 17 March 2019.

And if you have any questions,you can contact us at 0131 625 1646 or email

how to apply