Charity and Not-for-Profit Trainee Accountant
Be free to be yourself

‘We put our people first’ may not be something that you expect to hear from a firm of accountants and tax advisers. But we understand that doing this helps our business to succeed, our clients to flourish and our communities to thrive. We work together to make a difference. Here’s your opportunity to do the same.

Your opportunity

We’re pleased to invite applications from either school leavers or graduates, who have an interest in working for the charity and not-for-profit sector within BKL.

You can either study for the Association of Chartered Accountants qualification (ACA) or the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification (AAT) to start in January 2024.

Being bright, professional, and a clear communicator is what matters to us - no matter the subjects you’ve studied so far. We like working with people who are willing to be challenged, ready to be inspired, and are keen to collaborate.

Your training will be provided on an apprenticeship scheme, and your progress will be measured through a combination of your day-to-day achievements and those attained via your ongoing exams.

Formal training and beyond

We’ll provide structured development on audit, accounts, outsourcing and tax. Your IT training will come from our own experts and other experienced trainers. We work closely with Kaplan, whose apprenticeship training encompasses leading online learning technologies, award-winning study materials and highly experienced tutors.

You’ll develop your wider interpersonal and professional skills, again with internal and external providers.

After you’ve qualified, we’ll continue to support your growth through additional professional qualifications, new development programmes, a range of work opportunities and careers guidance.

How you’ll make a difference

Making a difference is important at BKL. Alongside our B Corp certification, our partnership with social mobility charity LTSB and BKL's own charitable foundation, our work with charity and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations is at the heart of our commitment to being a good business.

This role is for people who want to build on a personal interest in the charity and not-for-profit sector, helping our clients make a greater impact in a world ever more reliant on charity support. As one of BKL's charity and NFP specialists, you'll be able to use your passion to help the team grow and build our reputation for providing excellent service to ethically-driven organisations.

You will be expected to develop and deliver technical excellence, which means you’ll need the qualities that this will demand: resilience is important. The not-for-profit sector is full of technical specialist areas and you would thrive here if you're keen on continuous development in these areas. You need to be able to study and to advance your thinking. We’re open to how you demonstrate this.

Our trainee roles are particularly suited to people who like problem solving and a fast-changing environment. In all our roles, we value people who are happy to work independently while recognising that BKL thrives on teamwork.

Qualifications: what you’ll need

If you are a school leaver and joining on the AAT pathway:

  • GCSE grades A* to C (including a B or above in Maths and English Language, or a 5 for those who passed exams from 2017 onwards) or the equivalent qualifications

For graduates who would join on the ACA pathway:

  • Minimum 2:1 degree in any subject
What we offer

As trainees at a leading accountancy firm, you will enjoy:

  • A competitive salary
  • Paid study support and development opportunities
  • Private medical cover
  • A healthcare cashplan
  • Holiday entitlement that increases the longer you work with us
  • A varied calendar of social events during a typical year, including many with wellbeing and inclusion in mind
  • Voluntary work with our sponsored causes
  • Season ticket loans
  • A range of family-friendly policies
Application and selection process

If you’re interested in building your professional career at BKL and making a difference to our team, our clients and our firm, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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Find out more about being a trainee at BKL

Employment Type
Job Location
35 Ballards Lane, London office
Date posted
1st September 2023
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