School leavers

School Leavers

Professional qualifications while training on the job.
In response to COVID-19: Interviews are temporarily suspended. 
We are still accepting applications but due to the current climate there may be a delay in our response.

Our school leaver programme is your opportunity to gain professional qualifications and a salaried job without the expense of higher education. All our trainees will receive comprehensive training and client exposure right from the start, combining the best technical tuition, personal and professional development.

You will have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients across a range of sectors and industries, as well as getting involved in a variety of assignments.

To guarantee the highest levels of audit, tax and advisory services, we are looking for trainees with the attitude and commitment to meet the needs of our award winning firm. In return, you will share in the success of one of the UK’s leading audit, tax and advisory firms.

With supported exam training and a leading qualification, your school leaver programme is the perfect beginning to your successful career with us.

Our vacancies are open for September 2020 to January 2021.

What you can expect

Our school leaver programme lasts five years and allows you to combine work experience with study for a professional Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB).

CFAB is a nationally recognised professional qualification provided by the ICAEW. It consists of the same six modules as the first level of the ACA qualification and, once completed, gives you the opportunity to progress with your full Chartered Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualification and to become a chartered accountant. For more details visit the ICAEW website.

Some of our offices also offer the opportunity to study for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification over a two year programme, with the possibility of AAT fast track training to ACA for the right person.

Throughout your career with Crowe, we give you our commitment that we will support and help you develop your role. We provide in-house training to complement your examination study. These courses continue throughout your professional career to build your technical and personal skills.

You will have consistent support and mentoring from the firm and your counselling partner. Our client group is hugely diverse, which means that you will be able to work on different types of assignments, helping you to decide where you want to take your career.

Entry requirements

We want to talk with you if you have achieved:

  • BBC (or equivalent UCAS points) from three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • GCSE grades B or above in English Language and Maths

School leavers will join our higher apprenticeship programme for two years. Our programme is designed to help you develop your business skills while completing formal training and studying towards your CFAB qualifications.

FAQs by school leavers

What can I expect

Graduates join us on a three year training programme working both on their own and as part of a team to deliver audit, accounting and advisory services to clients, whilst studying to obtain the ACA qualification provided by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Once qualified, graduates can carry on building their career with us by specialising in a particular service area, or by taking an international secondment with a member firm in the Crowe Global network. However long you stay with us, your career path will be tailored for you. We take the time to understand each individual’s hopes and goals and promote a culture of support which allows you to be challenged whilst feeling valued. For more information on the ACA qualification  visit the ICAEW website.

Entry requirements

If you have a genuine interest in accountancy and finance, an enquiring mind, enthusiasm to learn and strong communication skills, we’d like to meet you, but you do need the following qualifications:

  • an expected or achieved 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent)
  • BBB (or equivalent UCAS points) from three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • GCSE grade B or above in Maths and English Language

Your application will not be based on academic performance alone; you will be required to demonstrate the personal qualities which underpin our core values, which include personal drive, integrity and leadership.

What if I have not met the entry requirements?
It is unlikely that you will be progressed if you do not meet the entry requirements however if the rest of your application is strong, you may still be considered. If you have any extenuating circumstances that you are comfortable sharing with us, please let our recruitment team know and this will be looked at alongside your application.
What is the application process?
  1. Submit online application
  2. Online numerical test
  3. Online inductive reasoning test
  4. Assessment centre
  5. Final interview

Please note, you will need to be successful at each stage before you can be progressed to the next.

How can I prepare for the interview?
The interview is competency-based and with a partner and manager, possibly lasting up to an hour.

Please ensure you:

  • Do your research
  • Have good examples from both your work and academic experience
  • Focus your answers by what the role entails
  • Have questions ready
  • Be yourself
How can I prepare for the assessment day?
At the assessment day, there will be a presentation on the firm, you will undertake some written exercises and deliver a short presentation. During lunch there will be an opportunity to meet current trainees and other staff who will show you around the office and answer any questions you may have.

Please ensure you:

  • Dress for the job
  • Know your travel route to the office
  • Have practiced your presentation
  • Have questions ready
  • Relax and enjoy the day
Do I need to have studied a relevant subject at A-Level or degree level?
We accept applications from students from any discipline. Our only caveat is that we do not count general studies or critical thinking towards your UCAS points.
Do you offer sponsorship visas for international students?
If you require sponsorship, this will only be possible if we do not have sufficient resident workers to fill our vacancies.