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ACA Graduate Recruitment

Bringing forth the next generation of client-focused, technically outstanding advisers.

Graduate trainee programmes

We know what talent looks like and we set the bar high – our clients demand it, and we are proud to provide outstanding levels of service to meet their needs.

When you apply to join the Blick Rothenberg graduate training scheme, you sign up to much more than a qualification. You join the Blick Rothenberg culture and way of life.

Successful applicants to our 3-year ACA training scheme will enjoy early responsibility and will find our business to be friendly and our working environment to be lively and stimulating.

What you can expect

We are small enough that no one need ever feel that they are simply a cog in a machine, yet large enough to offer challenging and satisfying work.

Broad client base

We act for clients ranging from substantial businesses with international connections and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), professional firms and charities, to high net worth individuals.

Our clients cover a wide range of industries, from heavy engineering and advanced computer technology, nationwide insurance operations and charities, to professional firms such as solicitors.

Our ‘typical’ client is a large, privately owned business.

For many, the ownership rests in another part of the European Union (EU), giving our trainees a unique opportunity to see how the EU impacts upon business in Britain and how other nationalities approach businesses here.

This will continue to be the case, even as the UK leaves the European Union. It is a unique opportunity to see how businesses will react to this change.

Variety and travel

Typically you will spend half of your working time outside the office working at clients’ premises.

Most clients are based within the Greater London area, but you can also expect to spend some time outside Greater London, perhaps two to four weeks a year.

Around 20% of your time will be accounted for by attending courses either linked to the professional examinations or for internal training purposes.

Types of work

We do not split the varying facets of our practice into separate compartments or training ‘seats’ as it creates barriers to collaboration.

Over the course of your training, you will be exposed to a variety of client work, providing accounting, corporation tax, management advice and due diligence services.

Build your future with us

By the time you enter your final year of training with us, you will work closely with some of our largest clients and supervising junior trainees.

You will have practical experience, excellent personal and professional skills and you will be familiar with the latest developments in the chartered accountancy profession.

In short, you will have a solid all-round working knowledge of the profession and will be able to begin to formulate your ideas for the future.


Our commitment to your development shows in the consistently high pass rates our students achieve in examinations – something we are very proud of.


A typical assignment might last a couple of weeks, some more, some less. You start as a junior member of a team of two to four people.

After a year or so, perhaps earlier, you start planning and carrying out small assignments on your own, first at our offices where you can easily turn to other staff for advice, then at a client’s premises.

As you gain experience and seniority, you will start leading audit teams.

You will exercise judgement and professional scepticism, show initiative and take responsibility and we will give you the support to do just that.

We pay for all courses, exam fees and study leave so that you can focus on achieving success.

You will attend courses delivered by a leading financial training company in London to prepare you for your professional examinations. These comprise long periods of full-time study, progress examinations and home study.

We also run a series of in-house practical training courses as well as personal development training including managerial skills such as communication, assertiveness, teamwork, critical thinking and negotiation.

Everyone receives a partner mentor to help them achieve their career goals. Frances Davies, Private Client

Access to multi-disciplinary teams

We have a highly regarded taxation consultancy department and you will liaise with this and draw on its expertise as required.

In the past, we have been able to offer secondments to corporate and personal tax to those students interested.

We also handle litigation support work, personal tax, personal financial planning, company registration work, trust administration and fully outsourced business services solutions for clients expanding across multiple territories.

What we look for in you

We are not a cut-down version of the Big 4 - we exist very much on our own terms and in our own right. And we look for the same values in our trainees.

We are looking for:

  • Ambition
  • Analytical ability
  • Enterprise
  • Good communication skills - written and oral
  • Personal skills necessary to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to build and maintain good relationships with clients

You will demonstrate a high level of numeracy and the intellectual calibre necessary to pass demanding professional examinations.

With this in mind, you will need to have obtained:

  • Grade B in GCSE Maths, English Language
  • Before 2017 - 300 or more UCAS Tariff points from top three A-levels (excluding General Studies)
  • After 2017 - 120 UCAS points or equivalent
  • Or be aiming to achieve no less than a 2:1 degree

Unfortunately, we are unable to process applications from candidates who have previously applied.

Our selection process

Step 1


  • Online application form
  • Verbal, numerical and logical tests
Step 2


  • Video assessment
  • Online maths test
Step 3

Meet the team

  • Assessment day

How to apply

Please apply to our September 2020 intake below.

If you have any questions on this, please do not hesitate to contact the Blick Rothenberg HR team.

Get in touch

HR Assistant Manager

Lucy Hyslop

Human Resources Manager

Andy White