Trainee Finance Officer Scheme

Learn. Progress. Be you. And protect the nation. 

On this structured development pathway, with a blend of classroom-based study and on-the-job learning, you’ll get the foundation you need to build a successful career in Finance. And you’ll do it all while getting unique exposure to the financial functions at the UK’s Intelligence Services.

We’re MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, and we work together against serious threats like cyber-attacks, terrorism and espionage. Our work is complex, and happens around the world, which means the management of our resources is absolutely crucial to delivering our operational work. That’s where you come in.

Over three years, we’ll support you to study for an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification while taking on several different roles across our finance teams. But you won’t do it alone. With a team of other trainees, a dedicated mentor and a ‘buddy’ with experience of studying the AAT, you’ll have great support from day one. And when you finish the scheme, we’ll help you with your next steps. There’ll be opportunities for promotions, or you can go on to become a Certified Chartered Accountant. With plenty of training and further development opportunities available, this role offers you a way to build an exciting long-term career in Finance.

So what about you? Well, you’re a naturally inquisitive problem solver with a head for figures. You’ll bring a passion for developing a career in Finance and a real enthusiasm for learning. And you’re a great team player, who loves working with, and learning from, others.

You’ll share our values of integrity, respect and creativity, and our mission to have a positive impact on the UK. You don’t need to be a certain ‘type’ of person to work here – we need all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds to protect the UK. That means we value your individuality, and what makes you, you.

You’ll already have GCSEs in English and Maths at A-C/9-4 (or equivalent), and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel. If your passion for Finance has led you to study A-Levels in Economics, Business Studies or Maths, then this is great experience that will help you. But it’s not essential to have achieved an A-Level in these subjects, so please don’t count yourself out if you haven’t.

As the scheme begins in October 2023, you’ll need to have completed your studies by then and be ready to join us full time. Please note that if you’ve started or already completed the AAT qualification, you won’t be eligible.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Full eligibility details can be found on our website(s):


For more information and to apply, please visit our website.


At MI5, MI6 & GCHQ diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds. Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website: / / 

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