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Trainee Accountant (School Leaver)


Trainee Accountant (School Leaver)




Great opportunities for career progression


Important: this position is for school leavers at A-Level or equivalent only. Unfortunately, we are not considering school leavers at GCSE level.

Application deadline: Jan 2024

Your route to becoming a Chartered Accountant at DTE

Successful candidates will enter into a challenging yet rewarding career at DTE, gaining the opportunities and experience to reach their ultimate goals in the accountancy profession.

We have a diverse client portfolio and you will be involved in various types of work, including but not limited to:

  • Company, charity, solicitor, and pension scheme audits.
  • Accounts preparation, both for unincorporated and incorporated entities.
  • Corporation tax computations.
  • Preparation of management accounts.
  • Working with a mixture of small unincorporated business and large international companies.
  • Gaining exposure to a range of industries, for example, manufacturing, hospitality, construction.

Why start your career in accountancy with DTE? 

  • Clear career path with excellent opportunities for progression: many of our seniors, managers and even partners started as trainees with DTE.
  • On-the-job training from dedicated DTE managers and partners.
  • Fully funded study support and competitive salary: We offer a 2-3-year fully-funded training programme with study support to gain the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification through an apprenticeship with our external training provider, more details below.
  • Close client engagement: Whether that be face-to face onsite audit work or electronic communication.
  • Variety of work: DTE is a medium sized firm, which means you will be able to get involved in a wide variety of work. Our work-based training methods will ensure you develop into well-rounded accountants with a knowledge and understanding of key financial matters affecting businesses in the UK.

What we offer

  • Excellent work life balance.
  • Flexible start times between 8am and 9.15am.
  • Pension scheme contributions.
  • 33 days annual leave including bank holidays.
  • Option to buy up to five additional working days holiday per year.**
  • Generous study leave policy (see below).
  • Hybrid working – after an initial probationary period in the office. Our hybrid policy is work from home 2 days a week, and in the office 3 days a week, provided not onsite at client’s premises.*
  • Regular social events.
  • Dress down Fridays.
  • Regular CPD seminars.
  • Career progression opportunities.
  • Buddy system – you will be assigned a buddy when starting at DTE who will be your go-to person for any training needs. We also have an open office policy – DTE foster an approachable and welcoming environment.
  • Death in service policy.**
  • Cycle to work scheme – bike racks located in secured underground basement and shower facilities.
  • Bury town centre location.
  • Charity fundraisers.

*Subject to contract.
**Subject to eligibility.


  • You will study towards the AAT qualification over a 2-3 year training period, usually starting with Level 3 and then moving onto Level 4. This is with a view to then move onto the ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) qualification once completed.
  • Study will be through the apprenticeship scheme with our external training provider, First Intuition. Attendance at college is under a fully funded day release scheme, during working hours.
  • The Level 3 and 4 apprenticeship routes provide regular catch up meetings with First Intuition to ensure you are gaining the relevant skills to excel in your career. At least 20% of your time will be spent on training and development.
  • A dedicated training manager will support you on your training journey

Study leave policy

  • Paid days off for all college tuition (Taught, Recap and Revision Phases, plus mock exams).
  • In-centre and online courses.
  • One full paid day off per exam, regardless of exam length.

Entry requirements:

B,B,C at A Level or equivalent.

Applicants should have at least B,B,C at A Level or equivalent and a minimum of five GCSE’s at grades A* – C or 4 to 9 (including at least a grade B or 5 in maths and English language) or equivalent.

The successful applicants will demonstrate more than just academic success.

We are looking for:

  • Enthusiastic individuals.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Hardworking individuals with a desire to succeed.
  • A strong academic background.
  • An ability to manage time studying alongside work.
  • A competency with numbers.
  • An ability to problem-solve is key.

We welcome applicants with any A Level subjects. Relevant experience is not needed.

As part of the audit team, travel to clients’ premises is required and as such, the ideal candidate will hold a valid UK Driving Licence.


If you are interested in applying, please select ‘apply now’ and send your CV and cover letter to

The first step in our selection process we will be holding an online assessment. If successful, you will be invited for an interview in February 2024.

Vacancy starts in Summer 2024. We are also considering start dates in January 2024.