Trainee Programme

Who is this for?

Our training programme is for students who have completed their A-Levels and have made the decision that they wish to pursue a career in the accountancy profession.

Fiander Tovell’s training scheme offers just that. We recognise that many school leavers now want to get their career underway immediately, but don’t want to miss out on study for formal qualifications. As a recognised AAT, ACA and ACCA training office, we are able to offer the chance to combine work with study.

Success in our comprehensive  training programme leads to a qualification initially as an Accounting Technician with the subsequent potential for a Chartered Accountant. You will have a bright career ahead of you with on-going opportunities to learn and progress. The more you show us what you’re made of, the further you could go.

Our programme has been recognised for its’ quality.  Nominated by the AAT for the inaugural VQ Employer of the Year awards in 2013 for the small and medium enterprises category, we were honoured to be included in the final shortlist of just four national employers across all sectors.

Our training programme is recognised for opening doors to a successful career as an accountant.  It has provided a number of our current directors and associates, as well as a significant number of current manager level staff.  Former trainees are finance directors of major local businesses; others are senior managers and directors in other major accountancy practices in the area.

What we offer

We offer the completion of a nationally recognised accounting qualifications alongside full-time work based learning.

All Fiander Tovell trainees start by studying for the AAT accounting qualification. It is based on practical, real-world accounting knowledge you can put to use from day one. Typically taking two years, it combines work based learning with college based modules and study leave.

Depending on your progression, our Audit and Accounts trainees would then be offered the opportunity to study for the ACA or ACCA qualification to gain chartered accountant status.  Our Tax trainees would progress on to study for the ATT and CTA qualification.

What are we looking for?

The key to our training programme is that it really is most importantly a development programme. This means that we are not looking for those candidates with years of experience, instead we look for those with the potential to be become a successful member of our team.

You will need to have a record which demonstrates a sound level of aptitude at numeracy and literacy and have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs grade A – B, including Maths and English . Ideally you will be studying for A-levels or equivalent (preferably in Maths, Accounting, Sciences or business related subjects) although this is not mandatory.

For us, it is not just about what you have studied and your grades. The successful applicants will be intelligent, articulate and personable.  A significant part of your role will involve communication with other members of staff and clients and you will need to have the confidence and communications skills to be able to work with them professionally. You should be prepared to accept responsibility and show a commitment to your career.


How do I apply?
Write to us with a CV and covering letter, explaining why you are interested in a career in accountancy and what skills you have to offer. Address your e-mails to Fiona Harwood and send them to

How do you select your successful candidates?
Each year we receive a very high volume of applications. Initially, we shortlist for interview on the basis of your CV and covering letter, so make sure that these are clear, accurate and really do a good job of presenting you at your best. We usually have a two stage interview process and you will be asked to prepare a short presentation for your second interview.

If my application is successful, when will I start?
New Trainees typically start in the August after they complete their exams. There may potentially be placements available for work experience prior to commencing full time.

How will I be supported?
You will be fully supported during your time on the programme. Colleagues, Managers and Directors all have a role to play in supporting our trainees through their development. You will receive paid study leave and your course and examination fees will be covered for the first sitting of any exam.

What hours will I be working?
We work a 35 hour week  with an hour for lunch.

Where will I be based?
Our team is based in our offices in Southampton. Please be aware that you will need to be flexible to travel to client’s premises.

Important dates
Applications for the 2017 intake of trainees has now closed. We will be accepting applications for our 2018 programme from January 2018.