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Graduate schemes

The Graduate Finance Trainee scheme is part of the professional training framework for finance and is open to all ages. The scheme is usually a four-year programme combining formal studies for a professional qualification, with office-based placements.

Trainees study towards the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification, usually via apprenticeships, to benefit from funding offered by central government. CIPFA is the only professional accountancy body in the world exclusively dedicated to public finance.

We offer our trainees:

  • day release to attend classes
  • full funding for the qualification
  • a work place mentor
  • annual rotations, to experience a full financial year cycle
  • annual pay increments
  • pay progression based on performance and completion of qualifications

For more details of the CIPFA qualification visit CIPFA.

To apply for the graduate scheme, visit Finance the Future. Graduates can choose to work at Enfield on the assessment centre day.

Serious about a career in local government finance? Head to Linkedin and follow CIPFA, Local Government Association, Municipal Journal and MHCLG.

Why Enfield? 

Fay image“It’s an exciting place to work, over half the senior management team have worked at Enfield for less than a year and are bringing new perspectives and bags of energy. Culture matters to Enfield and we are working to a create an environment that enables everyone to do their best. We have the ICT that enables flexible working with Skype and we have an ambitious regeneration programme, with exciting projects such as Meridian Water. Enfield has the fifth largest population in London and the second highest number of families in temporary accommodation . So if you are keen to make a difference to our residents, we want to hear from you.”

Director of Finance, Fay Hammond, CIPFA

See what some of our finance graduates have to say

 “I wanted to work at Enfield as they have innovative projects and approaches to the financial difficulties in the public sector. The support I’ve been offered as I take on work and studies has been invaluable.”

Lauren, eighteen months into training

“I embarked on the Finance the Future graduate scheme with Enfield in 2014 and have now successfully completed the scheme and gained a senior position within the organisation. The finance world within local government proves to be a challenging but an incredibly fascinating environment to work in.”

- Rushil, Senior Finance Officer

We are proud to be part of the National Graduate Development Programme and take on around three graduates each year for our tailored two-year management development programme. This is run by the Local Government Association (LGA) and fast tracks graduates into a management career in local government.

View NGPD at Enfield (PDF) for more information.

To apply, visit National Graduate Development Programme.

See what some of our graduates have to say

“I started on the NGDP scheme in 2017. My first placement was in the Regeneration Team, working on projects in Ponders End and Meridian Water, the Council’s flagship regeneration project. This was great exposure to a sector that I was interested in. I was involved in strategic elements of regeneration and smaller scale project delivery. Subsequently I worked in the Communications team to create a new induction video – watch me in my starring role! I secured a permanent position in the Regeneration Team in 2018. The NGDP scheme was a great way to get exposed to work in regeneration and the wider council to kick start my career.”

- Jasper Keech

“The most valuable part of the NGDP has been the opportunity to grow my network so considerably in a such a short time and gain an understanding of the organisation as a whole Through the NGDP, I was able to undertake valuable work and show senior managers what I was capable of, ultimately leading me to being promoted to a permanent position.”

- Deanna Hobday