At BDO, we’re looking forward to your future. We want to know what you’re capable of contributing to our business when you’re offered great learning opportunities and the support of a friendly, welcoming and inclusive team. We recruit around 600 trainees across our programmes every year, and we’re committed to the success of every single one.

If you’re leaving full-time education or contemplating a change of career, our Graduate and Apprenticeship Programmes are the way to go. Both programmes are formally recognised as Level 4/Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeships.*

If you’re still studying and planning your future career, our Summer School and Summer Internship Programmes will be of interest. These give you the opportunity to find out more about a career at BDO and help you select a programme that matches your interests and ambitions.

*The Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship covers the following qualifications: ICAEW and ATT/CTA pathway and Level 4 Apprenticeship for AAT.

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We’ll help you succeed

We’re leading the way when it comes to raising the standard of accountancy training within the industry, and that means an exceptional development programme for you. We make sure you acquire all the technical knowledge you need to achieve a recognised professional qualification. And because we give you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice on live assignments, you’ll also learn the business skills and behaviours you need to be successful. You’ll be coached and supported by more experienced colleagues at every step.

At the start of your programme, we’ll draw up a detailed learning plan, right up to end-point assessment, so you know exactly what to expect. Level 4 Apprenticeships are an opportunity for college leavers and career changers to qualify in accountancy (AAT). They can then choose to go on to join graduates in studying for a Level 7 Professional Apprenticeship. Once you’ve completed the full programme, which takes 36-48 months depending on your point of entry, you will hold a Level 7 Apprenticeship and will be eligible to qualify as a Chartered ICAEW member.

For more information on professional qualifications and apprenticeships, see our FAQs.

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Our Managing Partner, Paul Eagland, shares his story and explains why graduates and apprentices are so important to our business and our plans for growth.

Graduate programme

From tax to forensic services, BDO offers graduate programmes in a range of exciting business areas.

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School Leavers Programme

A university education isn’t for everyone – some people simply want to get out there and start earning straight away.

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Undergraduate Summer Programmes

Our summer internship programme is a fantastic opportunity for penultimate year students to experience life at BDO.

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Yr 10, 11 & 12 Summer Programmes

Our Summer School is a 1 week long programme aimed at year 12 students considering a career in Accountancy.

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Career timeline

The first years of your career with BDO will be focused on achieving your professional qualifications. You’ll do this through a mix of study and practical experience. We provide mentoring and on-the-job coaching, as well as plenty of time for you to study and prepare for your exams. We’ll also help you decide which area you want to specialise in.

Of course, passing your exams is just the start. A career with BDO is a continuous journey of development, with constant support from us along the way. Thanks to training and feedback at every stage, you’ll always know exactly where you stand – and what you’re aiming to achieve next.

Once you’re qualified, you’ll be ready to take on more responsibility, for people or projects. You might look to broaden your expertise by taking an international secondment with one of the other firms in our network, or by working in a business area outside your specialism.

We’ll make sure your skills stay up to date with regular training, but you will also have access to our learning portal – iLearn. This gives you access to hundreds of e-learning options on areas such as presentation skills, report writing and project management.

You’ll receive an annual review, a twice-yearly performance review, and individual feedback on all your major projects to help you build the career you want.

Later you might be promoted to Manager or Assistant Manager. This could involve running larger teams, or working with a wider portfolio of clients and sectors. You’ll also take charge of the development and coaching of the people you manage. Our suite of management learning will support you in each new role and set of responsibilities. We’ll help you forge a path that makes the most of your unique abilities and skills.

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