Careers

Training

Prospects

Qualification with a medium sized firm opens up a wide spectrum of employment, not only within the firm, where partnership is of course a possibility.

Professional practices of all sizes welcome candidates with very good accounting experience matched by knowledge of large firm audit techniques and a large exposure to different types of business. Commercial concerns are equally welcoming to candidates who are strong in accounting and are used to ‘doing’ not only checking.

Past students have gone on to become finance directors of public companies, partners in professional practices and used their knowledge to set up and run their own non-professional businesses. Whichever direction is chosen we feel that the training given here should give you a sound base from which to expand your knowledge and achieve your goals.

Training Contracts

Selection for interview is based on the completion of our application form. A good standard and spread of GCSEs including English and Mathematics and 300 UCAS Points from your top three grades (first attempts only), together with expectation of either at least a credit pass at Foundation level or a 2.2 class honours degree, are the academic requirements. Personal qualities required are harder to define and measure and we do not expect or want to recruit six clones of existing staff. Since the method of studying for exams in the evenings is very demanding, certainly self discipline and commitment together with accuracy are important. In dealing with clients’ literacy, tact and diplomacy come to the fore and in dealing with your colleagues and the partners a sense of humour will prove invaluable!

Studying for the exams is managed by SWAT UK, a company funded by a number of medium sized firms to provide full time internal training facilities.

External tutors are employed to provide the course materials and study packs for homework and full time interim and final revision courses taken prior to each professional examination.

Every six months, progress is formally monitored and reviewed by the training partner. Your study records, both of work experience and examinations, will be discussed with you and targets set for the future. The variety and level of work provided by the firm is planned in conjunction with the progress made in academic studies and previous experience

Clearly, in a period where a little over two years training for graduates is dedicated to practical work, it is not possible to provide experience on all of our clients. However assignments in general would not exceed three weeks and this enables greater variety of experience. Additionally where a client is of sufficient size we endeavour to ensure that trainees have experience on that specific client at junior, semi senior and senior levels.

It is our expectation that you will pass your examinations at the first attempt having properly prepared beforehand. Unfortunately this is not always the case. It should be stated however that our pass rates are consistently better than average. All study costs are paid by the firm for the first attempt at all examinations, thereafter costs of retakes, revisions and study leave are the student’s financial responsibility. Whilst this may seem rather harsh it is aimed at concentrating the mind on the task to hand. The disruptive effect to work planning in the office, as well as home life, in organising additional leave and study, in order to retake an examination, is better avoided.

Year

Courses

Experience

1st

Basic Bookkeeping

Accounts preparation

Introduction to Professional Ethics

Audit of sections of larger companies.

Auditing: Introduction

Secondments to Company Secretarial and Tax Departments.

Company Accounts: Introduction

Introduction to PAYE

 

 

 

Auditing: Substantive and Systems Testing

 

 

 

Sage Appreciation

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

2nd

Practical VAT

Audit and accounts of larger companies.

Practical Corporation Tax

Staff Supervision

Basic Bookkeeping Refresher

Sole responsibility for smaller company work

Auditing: Taking Responsibility for the file

 

 

 

Company Accounts: The Next Step

 

 

 

Forms P11d

 

 

 

ISAs: Planning, Internal Controls and Other

 

 

 

Common Problems

 

 

 

Company Law

 

 

 

Understanding Financial Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd

Auditing regulated entities

Leading, and completion of, larger company audits and accounts.

Supervisory Skills

Presentation Skills

Consolidations

Managing the Assignment and the Client

Investigations

Personal Skills

 

 

 

Tax Issues for Audit Seniors

 

 

 

Advanced Audit Competence

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Apply

All applications are administered through our recruitment partner – SWAT UK. Please apply directly to SWAT UK by clicking here and state you are interested in applying to work at “Brebners”.

Brebners Staff Insight

Please click on the links below to see comments by current and recent trainees:

Qualified Profile - Steven Smith

I joined the audit department at Brebners in September 2008 after graduating from the University of Southampton with a degree in Geography and I qualified as a chartered accountant in October 2011.

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