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Join our school leaver programme

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

You will earn a competitive salary while gaining on-the-job experience and studying towards an Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) qualification.

Our school leaver programme includes full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS. You’ll get a prestigious, internationally recognised qualification, while being involved in varied and interesting work. Benefits include a competitive salary, which increases on completion of exams, 42 days holiday per year and the opportunity to be involved in work across Scotland.

Interested in applying?

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Working at Audit Scotland

We’re Scotland’s public sector auditor, responsible for ensuring that the Scottish Government and public bodies are held to account for the proper, efficient and effective use of public money. We employ around 320 exceptional professionals from different backgrounds who know that their work helps ensure the efficient delivery of public services in Scotland.

There's plenty of change ahead and there has never been a more interesting or important time to join us.

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Why join us

Information about getting sponsorship

Get full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS, receive a starting salary of £18,349, have fantastic job opportunities when you qualify.

Information about working as a trainee

Help audit 40 billion pounds of public money, benefit from flexible working, travel - see Scotland as you work on audits across the country



A generous starting salary of £18,349 which increases on successful completion of exams.  We also give bonus payments for passing exams first time.

careers post-qualification

A career post-qualification – our trainees are an important part of our future.  So it’s no surprise that the majority of our trainees are successfully promoted shortly after qualifying.


We also offer other fantastic benefits to keep you audit-fit, save you money and grow your career. Read more about our benefits

developing skills

We will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your technical and softer skills using a variety of learning sources.

sponsored qualification

Our trainees receive a fully sponsored qualification with ICAS, including fees, materials and time off for classes.


Our trainees are a social bunch and like to organise social events throughout the year, from charity events to pub quizzes. All our trainees get together once a quarter to catch up and get some tips from each other on the ICAS qualification.

Interested in applying?

No matter what your background, if you’ve got great analytical skills and are committed to studying for a professional qualification, we’ve got real opportunities for you. We will encourage and support you to grow, develop and excel in a challenging and rewarding role as part of our friendly and professional team. We understand leaving school is a big step and you want to be sure that you make the right career choice.

If you have achieved or are expected to achieve good results in higher English and Maths (or equivalent) by summer 2022, then we would love to hear from you.

To give you an idea of what’s involved, we’ve put together some helpful hints and tips for you.

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