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Become a Graduate Trainee Accountant at Shipleys

Enter a three-year funded training programme to become a Chartered Accountant.


Location: London

What you will be doing

Shipleys is a 13 partner firm of Chartered Accountants and professional business advisors, based in London’s glamorous West End. We are a medium-sized firm and every member of our team makes an important contribution. You‘re not at the same stage in your career as everybody else is in theirs, and what matters to you is likely to be different from what's important to some of your colleagues and peers. We are a friendly bunch at Shipleys and it's a place where you can be yourself - finding your niche and making your mark.

Our approach to our team is similar to our approach to our clients - very much based on individuals and their aspirations. Our size means there are options for progression into different areas of work – moving from an accounts or audit based role into tax, for example. Whilst the firm is very well known in a number of niche markets such as film and television, overall we look after a wide range of clients so there is plenty of opportunity to build your experience with clients in many different industries.

Roles tend to be very interactive with more exposure to clients and others outside the firm than is often the case elsewhere. We aim to build on our professional expertise to provide proactive business advice and planning to our clients - helping to "make it happen"- providing an excellent service that’s worth the cost and which contributes to our reputation as a trusted advisor.

  • You will enter into a 3 year training contract
  • You will receive a wide range of practical experience while studying for your professional examinations; all of which leads to the ICAEW (ACA) Chartered Accountant qualification
  • You will be given paid study leave and we also cover the costs of all courses and examinations for first attempts

What you will have

You don’t need any previous accounting experience as full training is provided.

All applications are administered through our recruitment partner – Mercia incorporating SWAT.

  • You are self-motivated and have a willingness to take responsibility
  • You are self-confident and have the ability to use your own initiative
  • You have an adaptable and sociable personality with the knack of communicating well with people at all levels to earn credibility with colleagues and clients (both orally and in writing)
  • You have good IT skills
  • You have a 2:2 degree or above in ANY subject.
  • You have a minimum of 300 UCAS points (old UCAS tariff) or 120 UCAS points (new UCAS tariff) or equivalents, from your top three grades (first attempts only). AS levels and General Studies are not accepted
  • You have a GCSE in English Language, grade C or above.
  • You have a GCSE in Maths, grade B or above.
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Mercia incorporating SWAT

Finding excellent graduates for a number of Accountancy firms in London and the South East.


What we do

Accountancy offers a rewarding career with excellent salaries and huge potential for career progression. We offer graduate programmes with a range of prestigious firms of Chartered Accountants based in London and the South East

Each year we have approximately 30 vacancies for graduate trainees across the 9 firms of accountants for which we recruit. This means when you apply through us, you’re not just applying to one firm of Chartered Accountants, you’re applying to many.

Our graduate programme provides you with a 3-year training contract with one of the firms of Chartered Accountants for which we recruit, where you will gain an ICAEW (ACA) Chartered Accountant qualification.

You will be given paid study leave and we also cover the costs of all your courses and examinations (for first attempts). You will be provided with support and mentoring to assist you with the ACA exams, as well as being able to tap into advice from trainees who are further on in their studies. This wide range of support means that we have a good track record of students passing all their exams first-time.

The firms we recruit for range from 4-19 partners in size, meaning there is huge scope for you to progress within the firm. What’s more, you will have exposure to a wide range of assignments with clients of all sizes in various industry sectors. 

You will be given responsibility from an early stage and benefit from involvement from the firm’s partners, who will take a direct interest in your development and support you through your training. Indeed, many of our trainees have gone on to become senior managers and partners themselves.

We offer graduate programmes with the following firms of Chartered Accountants based in London and the South East:


• Alliotts Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

• Brebners Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

• Citroen Wells Chartered Accountants

• Gerald Edelman Chartered Accountants

• Knox Cropper Chartered Accountants

• Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants

• Rayner Essex Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

• Shipleys Chartered Accountants and Professional Business Advisors


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