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Become a Graduate Trainee Chartered Accountant

A rewarding career with excellent salaries and huge potential for career progression.

Training to be a Chartered Accountant through SWAT


Graduate Trainee Chartered Accountant London

  • Become ACA qualified
  • Get early responsibility
  • Independently manage your workload
  • Become a business expert
  • Be on track to becoming Partner

What you will be doing

Kick-start your Accountancy career with us and we will provide you with the practical training and support you need to build a successful career in a rewarding industry. 

We are partnered with 11 different accountancy firms. Once we have met and interviewed you, we will match you to the firm that is best suited to your strengths, interests and personality. Clients that the firms work with include: Entertainment and Media, Motorsports, Charities, Solicitors and Retail.

Your firm will provide you with paid study-leave and will cover the costs of all first attempts for courses and examinations. Additionally your firm's partners will be involved with your Accountancy journey, taking a direct interest in your development and encourage you throughout your training.

  • You will enter a three year training contract 
  • You will study towards a Chartered Account qualification (ACA) 
  • You will attend in-house workshops and training sessions at your firm 
  • You will be involved with wide range of assignments  

What you will have

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications in Accounting related subjects to apply, we will provide you with all the training you need.

We are looking for hard-working graduates who meet the criteria below to start in summer 2018 or January 2019.

  • You have a minimum of 300 UCAS points (old tariff) or 120 UCAS points (new tariff) or equivalents
  • You have GCSE English Language grade C and above and GCSE Maths grade B and above
  • You are a graduate (any subject) with a minimum of 2:2 
  • You are organised and able to prioritise different demands 
  • You are a strong communicator 
  • You are calm under pressure 
  • You are solution focused 
  • You are a team player  
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are SWAT

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

Our Culture - What we do

We have provided accountancy training, consultancy and support to firms throughout the UK since 1976.

As part of the support we offer firms, we recruit graduates as Graduate Trainee Accountants and help the firms transform them into Chartered Accountants.

This is where you come in! We are looking for top talent with a great eye for detail, communication skills, and ambition to step into one of these roles and make it your own.

Training in a small to medium sized accountancy practice offers many benefits over and above much larger organisations:

Firstly, you will have exposure to a wide variety of assignments with clients of all sized in various industry sectors, and you’ll get to work with far more of them than at a larger firm. You will also benefit from exposure to many different areas of client work – not just audit.

Secondly, rather than being one of hundreds (if not thousands) of trainees, you are one of a very select few. This means that you will work directly with higher level staff.


Next, you will have the ability to reach partner level far more quickly as you will be well known to your colleagues and management due to the smaller size of the firm.

Finally – you will have a life outside work! Not only will you leave at a reasonable hour, but the firms we recruit for also often have social events on. They are close knit teams who work hard during the day, but enjoy having fun outside work too.

When I applied to SWAT I did not think that 4 years later I would be a Manager in a medium sized firm. 

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