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 four-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 four graduates each year for our tailored two-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) for more information.
To apply, visit Local Government Association.
See what some of our graduates have to say
"I started working at Enfield Council in October 2020 and my first placement was in the Policy and Strategy team. This was a great opportunity to get involved with lots of different pieces of work right across the council. My next placement was in the Climate Action and Sustainability team and also provided lots of opportunities to take part in a variety of environmental projects. In my current placement I am working as a Youth Participation Officer in the Joint Service for Disabled Children."
- Alasdair Gillies, Cohort 22
"I have really enjoyed my time at Enfield, meeting a wide range of people and especially the other graduates on the programme. If you want a range of experiences, with exposure to exciting projects and passionate people, Enfield is the perfect place to start your career in local government."
- Annie Radcliffe, Cohort 22
"Since joining the graduate scheme at Enfield Council in October 2020, I have been involved in lots of different projects and developed a wide range of skills. On the graduate scheme at Enfield, you are given responsibility from the outset and the chance to work on exciting, high-profile projects, but you are always supported by your line manager, placement co-ordinator and senior mentor."
- Sarah Gilroy, Cohort 22