This free event will enable you to hear about how to become a graduate trainee accountant through the ACA qualification and allow you to put your questions to Citroen Wells.
Each year we recruit a number of graduates who aspire to become chartered accountants. We have high standards, not only academically, where we generally require three good A levels and a 2:1 degree, but we want people with drive, ambition and, last but no means least, personality.
Signing up as a trainee accountant is a big commitment, and we support our trainees as much as we can to help them with their studies. We provide excellent on-the-job training and all of our trainees are given a wide range of work to enable them to learn and develop. It is our belief that each trainee has a chance of becoming a partner in this firm, and we give them every opportunity to push themselves forward. And it does happen – two of our current senior partners trained with this firm, while several other ex-trainees hold senior positions within the firm.
If you are interested in finding out more about a training contract with Citroen Wells, please visit the SWAT UK website. SWAT UK handle all of our graduate recruitment needs, so you should contact them, telling them of your interest in Citroen Wells.
SWAT UK was formed in 1981 by a consortium of medium-sized accountancy practices (of which Citroen Wells was a founder-member) that were keen to gain access to high-quality training programmes, designed expressly to meet the requirements of small/medium sized professional firms.
We are unable to accept direct applications for training contracts.
Case Studies for Citroen Wells
As I was coming to the end of my studies at University, I knew that a career in finance was what I wanted to do, and the ACA qualification immediately stood out as the best option. It is so highly regarded and provides all the aspects required to be at the top of the accountancy profession. I chose to work at a smaller-sized firm as I knew that I would be given the variety of experience, responsibility and training that would get me off to the best possible start in my career.
Not having done a degree in finance, I was a little apprehensive when starting as a trainee accountant at Citroen Wells, but I soon learned that prior knowledge of the profession was far less essential than a strong attitude to learn, as everyone is so keen to help in your early stages. Whether it be fellow work colleagues or external Tutors there are plenty of friendly faces to help you progress – you can never be too afraid to ask questions.
Balancing your studies and working full time is a challenge, but getting through the ACA exams gives a fantastic feeling. Accounting seemed like almost a foreign language on the first day at college, but almost a year into my training contract and it’s starting to feel like second nature. Being able to apply the knowledge that you’ve learned in your studies to real-life client work is a fulfilling experience. As soon as I started at Citroen Wells, I was given responsibility with hands on work in a variety of areas, from completing tax returns to accounts production and audit, as well as the opportunity to work directly with the partners. You just wouldn’t get such invaluable experience starting out at a big firm, and there is a huge amount of enjoyment that goes with it. I would strongly recommend studying towards the ACA at a smaller-sized firm such as Citroen Wells to anyone who wants to get into the profession.
Starting a career in accounting was a big career change so I wanted to give myself the best footing possible to kick start my new career. So, I decided I wanted to train in a smaller sized firm to give me a wide breadth of experience and within a firm that offered the ACA qualification. Citroen Wells fulfilled both those objectives. The day-to-day work at Citroen Wells has been really varied for both types of clients and projects. I’ve been part of audit teams for quite large companies and have also been given the responsibility to prepare sets of accounts and tax returns for small businesses, partnerships and sole traders. At Citroen Wells there is an interesting mix of clients and it’s been great to see into the different sectors and how different businesses operate.
Alongside the practical experience, the external ACA courses provided by Kaplan have taught me lots in accounting but also in business and finance generally. As I did not have an academic or work based background in business or finance, it’s been a really steep learning curve but equally rewarding. It’s a tough qualification but the breadth of learning has been invaluable for my day-to-day role and future prospects too. The time provided at Kaplan by the firm and the additional practical-based training we receive from SWAT UK, together offer great training support. The help and encouragement from colleagues within the firm at all levels has created a very positive training environment. I’d certainly recommend anyone who’s looking for a career in accountancy to choose this path.
“After finishing university in Leeds, my mind was set on studying for the ACA qualification. However, I was not sure where to apply and what kind of firm would be best for me. Following much consideration and research, I came across SWAT UK's graduate scheme. SWAT UK recruit on behalf of a number of medium-sized accountancy firms situated in London.
It is a common misconception that you must have a finance related degree to be accepted onto an ACA graduate scheme - this is certainly not the case with SWAT UK! Every new graduate, regardless of past experience, is taught from scratch - from the basics of debits and credits to learning the common tax laws. A number of courses are also provided to give you the platform to excel throughout your training career.
Once you have learned the basics, it becomes a task of balancing studying for exams with working full time. This is not simple by any means but is highly rewarding. I am just over a year into my training contract and the skills and knowledge already given to me from the mix of studying and gaining 'on the job' experience have been invaluable. Also, contrary to popular belief, I think it is possible to still have a healthy social life as long as you keep on top of the work load and stay motivated.
As soon as I started working at Citroen Wells, I was given responsibility and 'hands on' tasks, which I believe comes with the territory of working for a medium sized firm. I have had the opportunity to do a great variety of work, such as accounts preparation, audit work, tax computations and much more for clients from sole traders to large companies. There is the prospect almost immediately to visit clients and kick start your career.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at Citroen Wells. Everybody, from fellow trainees up to the partners, have given me support and shown they want me to succeed. If the ACA qualification is for you, I strongly recommend the SWAT UK scheme.”
"I chose to study for an ACA qualification as it is a fantastically-regarded and varied qualification which really gives you an edge in today’s competitive job market. I was attracted to SWAT UK’s graduate scheme to achieve this qualification, as working in a medium-sized firm would mean a larger variety of day-to-day tasks and more responsibility from an earlier stage.
It was initially a daunting prospect for me as I had not done a degree in a finance or even maths orientated subject, but in all aspects of your training, whether work experience, tuition or technical training, everyone is treated as having no prior knowledge and is taught up from the very basics. You are given so much help and support from your firm, SWAT UK and your college, there is never a lack of people to ask for guidance!
It can be difficult juggling a job as well as studying and the tuition does go at a fast pace. However, as long as you keep on top of things from the beginning, you are still very much able to have a good work/life balance. No one is a fan of exams but in this profession the benefits of doing exams when it comes to your job confidence are invaluable.
When not at college or training at SWAT UK the day-to-day tasks at work usually include preparing accounts for small businesses or sole traders, preparing tax computations and visiting a variety of clients to help seniors with audit fieldwork. There is huge variety in the clients I have worked for and I have been to audit charities, investment brokers and Barristers’ Chambers, just to mention a few. At a medium-sized firm you really get to see a huge variety of clients in different sectors.
As long as you are prepared for hard work and are ready to be challenged, SWAT UK’s scheme is a fantastic place to begin your career in accountancy. My advice would be - never be afraid to ask as many questions as possible along the way, no matter how silly you may feel they are. Everyone always has time to help and wants to see you succeed!“