Simply put, when the most ambitious organisations need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to BDO. We are a major global player in our industry and take pride in being the kind of positive people our clients want to do business with; engaged and passionate providers of exceptional client service. Integrity is at the heart of everything we do. The long-term relationships we nurture with our clients is a big part of why they recommend us more than any other firm.

Our Programme

A career in accountancy is about much more than numbers. At BDO, it’s about gaining early exposure and using your skills to solve complex, challenging problems for our clients. If you’re ready to start earning while you learn at a friendly place that will bring out the best in you, our School Leaver Programme lets you do all of this and more.

You’ll be supported throughout your training by a network of like-minded people as you get to know the ins and outs of our business. Here, it’s the best of both worlds - picking up highly-regarded professional qualifications, while enjoying a salaried career. At the same time, you’ll be gaining invaluable experience in a commercial environment, working on real business projects surrounded by leading industry professionals who respect and value your contribution. We’ll also give you choice and flexibility around how, when and where you work in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for you, your team, and your clients.

We offer School Leaver programmes in three key areas:


Audit is about exploring whether our clients’ statements about their financial position are true, fair and accurate. We work closely with their finance team and other key stakeholders to really get to know their business and identify any weaknesses - from their financial statements, to their business systems or working culture. We then provide quality, independent and ethical advice on suitable solutions. On our trainee programmes, you will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications. You may also have opportunities to gain other qualifications during your programme.

Business Services and Outsourcing

Sometimes our clients need a level of accounting and business expertise that just isn’t practical for them to keep in-house. We provide a full spectrum of accounting, advisory and compliance services to support companies all around the globe that are growing or tackling change. Relishing a new challenge every day, you’ll develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. You will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications.


Guiding our clients through the complex, constantly-changing landscape of tax legislation, we help them to follow the law and achieve both their short-term goals and long-term vision. Tax is a rewarding area for diverse personalities, whether you enjoy untangling complex technical details, relish connecting with and helping brilliant people, or love solving problems in new and unique ways. On our trainee programmes, you will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications.

The Rewards

At BDO, we believe the sharing of unique perspectives is what makes our business stronger. For you, this means taking on early responsibility and thriving in a collaborative, inclusive workplace. It’s easy to be inspired at BDO.

As you’d expect we offer a competitive salary and first-class benefits package, but trainees often tell us that our friendly and welcoming culture is what really drew them to us.

What we're looking for

We’ll expect you to have or be predicted 3 A Levels in any subject (excluding General Studies and Extended Projects) at grades A* - C. You should also have GCSEs in Maths and English Language, at grades 9 - 4. Equivalent international qualifications are welcome.

We know that your qualifications and work experience don’t tell us the full story. So we’re keen to find out what you care about and love to do in life. After all, BDO is a place where you’ll feel free to be yourself. We always look for people who are supportive, responsible, honest and happy working as part of a team.



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