To qualify for the scheme, you'll need a minimum 2.2 degree (or predicted) in any discipline. You must be self-motivated, determined and ambitious, you'll also be prepared to move around locations and posts, to progress your career. UCAS points are not taken into consideration.
To succeed on the scheme you will need to have drive, energy, be self-motivated, determined, have excellent communication skills, an interest in government business and a willingness to work in a range of placements. In addition, you will need to have a 2:2 degree (or predicted) or above by summer 2014.
Application deadline: October 2013
Selection procedure: The selection process normally takes the following format -
- Online application form
- Online tests (numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and a personality psychometric test of potential for senior leadership)
- Assessment Centre
- Competency based panel interviews
- Group exercise
- Written Exercise
- Role play / Briefing exercise
The Government Finance Profession (GFP) comprises of over 9,000 Finance Professionals, AAT technicians, and trainees spread across 50 central government departments and their agencies. Around half the community are qualified finance professionals and the other half is training to qualify.
A range of job placements in a number of departments at a variety of locations. Virtually every kind of accountancy type role is available within central government, including: business partnering; financial reporting; management accounting; audit; compliance; projects; taxation; and forensic accounting.
GRADUATE SCHEME DETAILS
The Government Finance Profession (GFP) runs an annual graduate recruitment process for the Financial Management Development Scheme on behalf of central government departments, their agencies and Arms Length Bodies.
The scheme offers a comprehensive training programme that will combine tailored job placements at a variety of locations with a three to four year programme of study towards a professional accounting qualification. You will also have your own personal mentor to guide and advise you and management training to develop your leadership and communication skills.
Financial Management Development Scheme – What is it?
- A series of placements, in real jobs, which ensure practical experience required by the professional bodies, with a competitive salary;
- A 3 - 4 year programme of study, towards a professional accountancy qualification;
- A generous amount of paid time for study compared to most employers;
- The costs of institute registration fees, education fees, examination and exemption fees and course learning materials will be covered by your employer;
- You will have a mentor who will be a qualified accountant;
- Tailored management, leadership and inter-personal skills training; and
- Great post-qualification career opportunities.