Graduate Finance Trainee scheme
The Graduate Finance Trainee scheme is part of the professional training framework for finance and is open to all ages. The scheme is usually a 4-year programme combining formal studies for a professional qualification, with office-based placements.
Trainees study towards the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification, usually via apprenticeships, to benefit from funding offered by central government. CIPFA is the only professional accountancy body in the world exclusively dedicated to public finance.
We offer our trainees:
- day release to attend classes
- full funding for the qualification
- a work place mentor
- annual rotations, to experience a full financial year cycle
- annual pay increments
- pay progression based on performance and completion of qualifications
For more details of the CIPFA qualification visit CIPFA.
To apply for the graduate scheme, visit Finance the Future. Graduates can choose to work at Enfield on the assessment centre day.
Serious about a career in local government finance? Head to LinkedIn and follow CIPFA, Local Government Association, Municipal Journal and MHCLG.
"It's an exciting place to work, over half the senior management team have worked at Enfield for less than a year and are bringing new perspectives and bags of energy. Culture matters to Enfield and we are working to a create an environment that enables everyone to do their best. We have the ICT that enables flexible working with Skype and we have an ambitious regeneration programme, with exciting projects such as Meridian Water. Enfield has the fifth largest population in London and the second highest number of families in temporary accommodation. So if you are keen to make a difference to our residents, we want to hear from you."
Director of Finance, Fay Hammond, CIPFA
See what some of our finance graduates have to say
"I wanted to work at Enfield as they have innovative projects and approaches to the financial difficulties in the public sector. The support I’ve been offered as I take on work and studies has been invaluable."
Lauren, 18 months into training
"I embarked on the Finance the Future graduate scheme with Enfield in 2014 and have now successfully completed the scheme and gained a senior position within the organisation. The finance world within local government proves to be a challenging but an incredibly fascinating environment to work in."
Rushil, Senior Finance Officer
National Graduate Development scheme
We are proud to be part of the National Graduate Development Programme and take on around 4 graduates each year for our tailored 2-year management development programme. This is run by the Local Government Association (LGA) and fast tracks graduates into a management career in local government.
View The NGDP at Enfield (PDF, 7317.45 KB) for more information.
To apply, visit Local Government Association.
See what some of our graduates have to say
"I joined Enfield Council in September 2022. My time at Enfield has allowed me to grow my skill set and increase my overall understanding of local government. I started my first placement in Safeguarding Services as a Project Officer working on the Enfield SMART Living project. Part of this included developing a business case around implementing a piece of pain detection technology (PainChek) into nursing and residential homes across the borough."
Ibitihaal Farah, Cohort 24
"My first placement has been in the Strategy and Policy team, where I have supported the development of a policy to increase the number of people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions employed by the council. My managers in this placement have been fantastic in offering a variety of different development opportunities and giving me work tailored to my interests."
Grace Murray, Cohort 24
"I joined Enfield on the graduate scheme in September 2022. I was attracted firstly by the diversity of the borough, which has areas of significant wealth and areas of significant deprivation, areas of green, open spaces and areas of high-density housing, a diverse demography, and a lively political scene with 2 strong parties. The ambition of the council is another reason I wanted to work here, as we have a number of exciting projects and targets aiming to tackle the most important issues that face our communities."
Joe Keane, Cohort 24
"The graduate scheme and especially the culture at Enfield Council has allowed me to pursue my interest in the issue of mental health, organizing a weekly 5-a side football as well as various mental health and wellbeing events. Overall, for the time that I have been with Enfield, I have found the culture very welcoming and extremely interested in the development of young talent."
Harry Carver, Cohort 24