Graduates and School leavers

We are proud to work closely alongside the HAT Group of Accountants to offer Trainee Programmes which begin in January and August each year. We will welcome you whether you are a Graduate wishing to study for the ACA or a school-leaver wishing to study for the AAT.


HAT are accepting applications for our August 2023 intake. If you meet the academic criteria set out below, send your CV and supporting statement to quoting reference ‘SG’. If successful, HAT will then require you to complete their online application form.


ACA Criteria

You will need at least 5 GCSEs (grade 9-4) including at least a level 6 in Mathematics and 5 in English, 120 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent plus an expectation of at least a 2.1 degree classification in any discipline, with consistently strong module results throughout your degree. (The UCAS Tariff points are achieved from your top three A-levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies, EPQ and Critical Thinking, completed in the same academic year.).


AAT Criteria

You will need 112 UCAS tariff or equivalent – minimum requirements, plus a grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) for school and college leaver roles.


About Simmons Gainsford

We will provide you with a comprehensive training programme, setting you at the first stage of your career. As a Trainee you will enjoy early responsibility and a closer relationship with your clients than might be the case in a larger firm.  In return, we expect our trainees to have a mature attitude who can combine rigorous technical expertise with a genuine interest and understanding of their clients’ businesses.


Your work will be reviewed regularly and you will have the opportunity to discuss your progress and training needs with your Manager and Member.  Responsibility will be increased as you take on more challenging assignments, including supervising team members junior to you. As we are a member of the HAT Group of Accountants (one of the country’s leading training and technical organisations), you will gain the best support training to become confident in both your technical and interpersonal skills when advising clients.


If you are ambitious, enthusiastic and looking to begin an exciting and challenging new career in a supportive environment, then we look forward to hearing from you!

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