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Wales Audit Office

Updated: October, 2018

About Wales Audit Office

Here at the Wales Audit Office, we work to support the Auditor General as the public sector watchdog for Wales

Our aim is to ensure that the people of Wales know whether public money is being managed wisely and that public bodies in Wales understand how to improve outcomes.

We do this on behalf of the Auditor General in:

  • Auditing the financial accounts of public bodies
  • Reporting on how services are being delivered
  • Assessing whether value for money is being achieved
  • Checking how organisations are planning and delivering improvements

We are also committed to identifying and publicising good practice, to help public bodies deliver better services.

If you have an interest in the Public Sector in Wales and a passion to make a difference; if you want a career that counts; our Graduate Programme may be just what you’re looking for!

If you choose to join us, you will be fully supported to achieve an internationally recognised and highly acclaimed ICAEW accountancy qualification.

Working with a number of teams across the Wales Audit Office, you will have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in various aspects of our financial and performance audit work.

In addition, you will benefit from the opportunity to develop many other skills including leadership, critical thinking and emotional intelligence culminating in an ILM recognised qualification.

Our Graduate Programme also offers the unique opportunity to undertake secondments; this could be internally or across the wider Public Sector and to other publically funded organisations. We cover the whole of Wales and as a member of audit staff you will be expected to travel to various client offices.

A career at the Wales Audit Office is not just about the numbers, it’s about making a difference – a career that really does count.

Regardless of degree discipline, we are looking for individuals with a strong academic background who are committed to improving public sector services and see themselves as the future leaders within the public sector in Wales. We are genuinely interested in who you are, your strengths and your potential.

Our Graduate Programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake a wide range of financial audit work as well as undertake value for money reviews.

In addition to enjoying the employee benefits, such as a competitive salary and pension, a transport allowance (where eligible), salary advance of up to £1500 for a tenancy deposit, generous holiday entitlement and flexible arrangements, you will also receive the following:

Study package

This will include full financial support (membership subscription, tuition/revision, study material, examination entry) and generous study leave days. This package helps you study towards a recognised professional accountancy qualification.

You will get support, encouragement and opportunities to grow. You will join people who are as enthusiastic about your development as you are and who are just as keen to see you do well.

Do you speak Welsh?

While the ability to communicate in Welsh is not an essential requirement for all trainees, we do consider it to be essential for a small number of the roles. Those applicants who are Welsh speakers will need have the ability to communicate effectively in Welsh, both verbally and in writing, as well as understand and interpret Welsh documents. Should you wish to discuss the level of Welsh language ability required, please contact us.

Work sectors

public sector, accountancy, banking and finance


Abergele, Cardiff, Swansea

Contact details

02920 320500
24 Cathedral Road
CF11 9LJ

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