Do you train graduates and school leavers?
Yes, we offer training contracts to graduates and also to people straight from school or college who are looking for an alternative route into the profession.

How do I apply?
Please visit the School Leavers and Graduates section of our website for more information and links to our application form.

What qualifications do you support?
We provide support for a variety of professional qualifications in accounting and audit.

In our accountng and audit teams, a school leaver will usually start by studying for AAT and then move on to study for ACA. Graduates start by studying for ACA.

In Tax we offer students a route that starts with the ATT, from which they can then move on to become a CTA.

Where can I find out more about the qualifications offered?
Each professional body has more details on its website. The links here will provide more information.

Do you have minimum requirements?

Yes, the professional training and exams are demanding and we have set some minimum requirements, depending on how you join the firm.

  • All recruits - Grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) at GCSE or equivalent (in 5 subjects including Maths and English).
  • School or College leaver route - Good predicted A levels (BBC or equivalent) – typically minimum score of 280 (old) or 112 (new) UCAS points.
  • Graduate route - Minimum 2:1 degree (or expected result) or above in any degree discipline.

What if I have extenuating circumstances, will they be considered?
Yes, we will always take into account your overall application and any extenuating circumstances. There is a section on the application form that allows you to tell us about any circumstances that you feel are important for us to know and where we can provide you with the appropriate support for your application.

Do you have set deadlines for applying?
Yes. Applications are usually open from the autumn of each year. All applications should be submitted by 31 December. We shortlist candidates during January and hold a national assessment centre in February. The roles would typically commence in August or September, after you’ve had a chance to relax after your final exams.

What support is provided during my training?
Our trainees study on an Apprenticeship programme. This means you will be supported by our team, and your colleagues, who will help guide and mentor you throughout your training contract. We believe peer support is important and you will find that our existing partners, managers and trainees across the offices can relate to what you are going through and will be able offer you support and guidance.

You will be given paid time off to attend college or classes for your professional qualification and to sit your exams. We expect you to put in some evenings and weekends too, since we believe your training is a partnership between you and us.

You will be supported throughout the entire process. From initial application and recruitment, followed by onboarding and joining the firm, and right through to completing your qualification and apprenticeship you will find support is on-hand.

Where will I study during my training contract?
We work with a number of different training providers, and have contracts with different organisations. Where you study will depend on which office you are based at and the qualification you study. In most cases you will study with other Wilkins Kennedy trainees. We work closely with the training providers to make sure they provide you with the best study facilities they have available.

Which offices are you recruiting for and what roles are there?
We recruit trainees into the following Wilkins Kennedy offices:

Amersham   Ashford   Bourne End   Canterbury
Guildford   Heathrow (Egham)   Hertford   London
Maidstone   Newbury   Orpington   Portsmouth
Romsey   Southampton   Southend   Winchester


In our smaller offices we usually recruit for one or two roles each year, usually to study AAT or ACA. Our larger offices are able to offer several roles, which could be in tax, accounts or audit, studying AAT, ACA or ATT.

When you complete you application to join us, we ask you to indicate your 1st and 2nd office preference so that we can allocate successful candidates to an office of their choice.

Do you offer work experience or internships?
Whilst we do not offer intern programmes we welcome requests from people who are interested in gaining work experience as part of a study programme, or to work during holidays from school or university.

We do our best to offer young people who are thinking about their future the opportunity to experience working life at our offices. We work closely with a number of schools and colleges. We welcome letters from people who show an interest in accountancy and business.

Please see the section on Work Experience for more information.

I am an international student - can I apply to Wilkins Kennedy?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide visa sponsorship for any international students wishing to work in the UK at present.

I would like more information, can I contact someone?
Due to the high volume of applications received by our firm each year, we regret that we are unable to enter into correspondence regarding the short listing process, or progress of your application.

However, if you have any questions about the application process, training and qualifications or about working at Wilkins Kennedy before you apply, please send an email to us and we will do our best to provide answer any of your questions.

traineeapplications@wilkinskennedy.com