School leavers

Everybody counts with us

So you’d like to jump straight in to the world of work? 

As a top 30 UK accountancy firm and advisers to some of the country’s most exciting businesses, we offer a dynamic place to start your career and gain a prestigious professional qualification. 

We may be a big name in accounting and tax, but we’re also small and friendly enough to treat every team member – and every client – as an individual. Personal care and attention really matter to us. 

If you are ambitious, bright, have excellent A level grades and enjoy solving problems and working closely with people, our apprenticeship scheme could be ideal for you. You will enjoy top quality training, a salary and the chance to experience work in a wide variety of industries. You will work alongside leading industry professionals on business projects in our central London office.

What we offer you

Our apprenticeship scheme runs over two years with a main focus on audit.

You will be studying the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB). Alongside studying, you will work in our audit department where you will be able to apply the theory you are learning and gain invaluable work experience. The CFAB forms the certificate level of the ACA and consists of six e-assessment exams. 

We will give you lots of support and feedback throughout your time with us, and you will have a mentor from day one who will help keep you on track and be there to guide and advise you. As well as advancing your professional development, you will be supported in improving your working style and professional skills.

Following successful completion of your CFAB, there is potential for you to go on to a training agreement to complete the ACA with our firm.

How do I apply?

We are looking for confident, highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals with a strong academic background.

You should have:

  • GCSE English and Maths grade B or above
  • A minimum 300 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent from three A Levels in one sitting, excluding general studies. Maths A Level is preferred.

We have now successfully filled our apprenticeship positions within our audit department.

Life at haysmacintyre

At haysmacintyre we look to achieve the right balance between work and play.  With regular staff briefings to keep you up to date with the firm’s progress to regular social events, there is something for everyone. 

Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme is an important step in ensuring we work with our clients, employees and other stakeholders, to better support our local community and reduce our impact on our environment. As a firm, we nominate a charity of the year and support them in a variety of ways.

We hold formal and informal social events throughout the year. These include, but are not limited to softball matches, Summer parties, Christmas parties and games evenings.

Why do graduates choose to work with us? Read Junior's Q&A below to find out.

Junior Satimburwa, Apprentice

Why did you choose accountancy?

"Accounting offers a fast paced and often changing environment which was big factor for me because I didn’t want to have a job which keeps you in the office 24/7. Auditing also offers exposure to many different clients and people which is something that I really enjoy."

Why did you choose haysmacintyre?

"I chose the firm because of their position as a leading mid-tier firm who are still small enough to provide personal and responsive service to their clients."

What do you actually do?

"There are two aspects of the job; being in the office and being on an audit. The office has led me to having a number of responsibilities including casting accounts, rolling over files as well as land registry searches and company’s house searches. Being out on audits means that I have to shadow my senior, doing work on what is required for each client. Guidance is offered throughout the audit by the seniors who teach you how to ‘audit’ as you progress through your career."

What skills do you need to be successful?

"One of the most important skill is the ability to confidently converse with people because it bodes well for audits with clients and being in office working with other people. This naturally means you will not fear asking questions which is vital in the role as there is a lot to learn especially being an apprentice. In addition you have to be adaptable being able to alter your approach when dealing with people and difficult situations."

What’s your best piece of advice?

"You have to be willing to work hard in order to achieve the end goal - being a qualified accountant. It will not be an easy process so you need to be driven and self-motivated in order to succeed. Finally be prepared to learn and develop your skills as it will all be new to an apprentice as it was for me."


What are the minimum entry requirements?
Candidates should have a minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent from 3 A levels in one sitting, Maths A Level preferred (not including General Studies). Along with 6 GCSEs grade B and above including Maths and English.
What if I do not meet your entry requirements?
We are unable to take applications further if they do not meet our minimum entry requirements.
We have strict criteria that we adhere to in order to be fair to all our candidates.
Do you offer placements or work experience?
We do not offer any summer placements or work experience opportunities.
I have sent my CV through and would like to make some
changes is this possible?
Yes, please keep us updated of any changes to your circumstances in particular your contact details.
What is the selection process?
You will need to submit your CV and covering letter to If you are successful you will be invited to an interview at our office. The final stage of the selection process will be an interview with a manager from the relevant department.
What will my starting salary be?
Our salaries are competitive within the market. Please contact the HR Department for more details.
How is the salary progressed?
Your salary will be reviewed annually. As a trainee you can expect to see pay rises as you progress towards your qualification.
What is my annual leave?
You are entitled to 22 days’ holiday plus bank holidays. You will also have the opportunity to buy additional annual leave at the beginning of a new holiday year.