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London, United Kingdom; Greater Manchester, United Kingdom; Southampton, United Kingdom; Ipswich, United Kingdom; Guildford, United Kingdom
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27 November 2023
Early Careers, School Leaver

2024 Tax School Leaver Apprenticeship Programme

BDO Tax School Leaver Apprenticeship Programme

Salary: £22,700 - £24,000

Locations: London, Guildford, Southampton & Ipswich 

You can choose your preferred location during the application stage.

Ideas | People | Trust

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions businesses need to navigate today’s changing world.

The entrepreneurial businesses we work with are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious and high-growth businesses that fuel the economy – and the owners and management teams that lead them. 


Our Tax professionals draw on their comprehensive experience to deliver industry-leading insights and innovation. Our tax services include advice on employment taxation and international tax, transaction support for mergers and acquisitions, VAT services, expatriate tax advice and more.

Tax is a rewarding area for diverse personalities, whether you enjoy untangling complex technical details, working with technology, relish connecting with and helping brilliant people, or love solving problems in new and unique ways. There are always fresh challenges to face as part of the Tax team.

The Tax School Leaver Apprenticeship Programme

Our four-year Tax School LeaverApprenticeship Programme is your opportunity to combine work experience with achieving your professional qualifications. We'll cover your fees and give you the training and support you need to balance your work and studies. Training isn’tjust about passing the exams, you’ll learn a range of personal, management and commercial skills that will help you become a fully rounded professional.

We have opportunities in the following Taxteams;

  • Private Wealth - London Tax Group – London 

  • Partnerships - London Tax Group

  • Corporate and Mergers & Acquisition Tax Services - London Tax Group

  • Real Estate - London Tax Group – London 

  • Private Client Services - Guildford

  • Employment Tax - Southampton

  • Corporate Tax - Southampton

  • Corporate Tax - Reading

  • Corporate Tax - Gatwick

  • Tax - Manchester

  • VAT - Manchester

  • VAT - London

This programme will begin in September 2024

What we’re looking for

We want you to thrive in an environment built to help you succeed. We’re looking for the following: 

  • Three A-levels or equivalent at A*-C excluding General Studies and Extended Projects (obtained or predicted) 

  • 9-4 in Maths and English at GCSE/Scottish Standards or equivalent (non-UK qualifications also considered) 

  • Ability and commitment to balance study and professional work 

  • Strong desire to understand our business and achieve your full potential 

  • Candidates who hold an undergraduate degree are not eligible for this programme, but are welcome to explore our graduate programmes.

When you join us, we’ll make your growth our priority. We’re always looking for ways to invest in and develop our people. That means providing you with an environment where you can grow, learn and feel respected, at all times

Why Accountancy at BDO?

Ask anyone what they love about working at BDO and they'll tell you it's the people. We're a friendly and diverse bunch who work hard to achieve the best outcomes and know how to have fun too. We work in an agile way, with a mix of time in the office, at client sites and from home. We’re prioritising time in the office to really support your development as part of the programme so it’s important to live a commutable distance from the office.

We’re also committed to your wellbeing. Agile working gives you flexibility around how you work to achieve the best quality outcomes for you, your team and the firm. And we offer an extensive range of benefits that cover your lifestyle, protection, money and wellbeing – everything you need to perform at your best in and out of work.

This is where it all begins. Start your career journey with BDO.

Closing date to apply: 26th March 2024

Our firm is distinctive and we want to preserve and build on the strengths of our culture and the characteristics that make us both successful and different. We look for people from all kinds of backgrounds who share these same qualities.

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Success Profile

What makes a successful 2024 Tax School Leaver Apprenticeship Programme? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right skill level.

  • Business thinking
  • Communicating
  • Decision making
  • Developing self & others
  • Collaborating
  • Innovation & Change

Our culture at BDO

We’re a thriving business that is respectful and client-focused while remaining firmly anchored in our core purpose – helping you succeed. Our Unifying Culture encourages us to be ourselves, to be inspired, challenged, collaborative and ultimately successful.

How we’ll support you.

We offer a range of support services to help you thrive in your new role. From study leave to taking care of your mental wellbeing, we'll be with you every step of the way.


Buddy support

Your buddy will have first-hand experience of what it’s like to work and study towards a professional qualification and will support and guide you as you settle into your new career.


People Manager support

Your PM will play a pivotal role in your career journey, providing guidance and support throughout your day-to-day work and your studies.


Dedicated study support & study leave

Our Professional Qualifications team will assist you with everything from exam bookings to study leave allocations.


Peer networks

Sharing your experience of working and studying with other trainees will see you building networks and future friends to support you throughout your career.



We’ll give you flexibility around how, when and where you work to achieve the best quality outcomes for you, your team, and the firm.


BDO Networks

We have a number of groups where you can celebrate being yourself, including BLEND (LGBTQ+ network), BDO Inspire (Gender balance network), CEDAR (Celebrating Ethnic Diversity and Races network).


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Rewards & Benefits

We offer a wide range of core and voluntary benefits, with a few examples below.



Our holiday benefit enables you to purchase up to 10 days of additional leave.


Health and Wellness Programmes

We promote a positive working environment where our people can thrive.


Bike to work scheme

A convenient, environmentally friendly and tax-effective way to acquire a bike for travelling to and from work.


Pension Plan

A Group Personal Pension Plan, with matched employer contributions.


Private Medical

Access to private medical treatment for you and your family.


Income Protection Plan

Provides a proportion of your basic salary if you suffer a loss of earnings because of illness or injury.