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For school and college leavers who want an alternative to university, welcome to BDO. We offer an apprenticeship that is a combination of relevant work experience, achievement of a professional qualification and the development of skills and behaviours required to become an exceptional BDO adviser.

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About the programme

Our four-year school leaver apprenticeship programme allows you to combine work experience with professional qualifications. We provide you with training in relevant skills and behaviours, as well as the professional knowledge you need to succeed in your role. From day one you can count on an extensive network of support - your People Manager will help you settle in and find the best ways to realise your full potential.

BDO Hive

If you are not quite ready to apply for a programme, BDO Hive is a platform designed especially for you to learn more about BDO. You will have access to learning modules which will highlight specific skills and tips that can help you professionally and personally. It’s also a chance for you to connect with our BDO employees who can provide support to you during the whole experience. You can browse relevant programmes and roles at BDO when the time is right for you to make that step into the world of work. We look forward to connecting with you at BDO Hive.

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Your training

Depending on the area of business and specialism, you may complete your Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship, the equivalent of a Master’s degree or a Level 4 Accounting / Taxation technician Apprenticeship.

If you pass all your exams and complete your apprenticeship activities and learning plan, you’ll be a qualified accountant within four years. Our pass results are often up to 10% above the national average.

Your learning journey

Watch this video to find out what your learning journey could look like at BDO.

Your learning journey


Why accountancy at BDO?

When you join us as a school leaver, we’ll make your growth our priority. If you’re right for us, you’ll thrive in an environment built to help you succeed. At BDO, we believe that when our people feel valued and rewarded, their potential is unlimited. We offer competitive starting salaries and we’ll help you deliver the best quality output by giving you choice and flexibility around how, when and where you work.


Find your match

We have lots of opportunities at BDO, but if you’re not quite sure which business area is the right fit for you, click on the link below to find your match. It will help you decide between Audit, Advisory or Tax. So, whether you’re looking for a role with client exposure, want to do a broad spectrum of work or are looking for a chance to specialise – our tool will help you find the role you’re best suited for.

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Explore BDO Insight Programme

Our Insight Programme is the perfect opportunity for eligible students in Years 11-13 to find out more about the world of accounting. Learn about the industry, develop your professional skills and meet people from all across our business.

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