Apprenticeships

We welcome direct applications and would be delighted to hear from you should you be interested in an apprenticeship at Rayner Essex.

If you would like to discuss career opportunities at Rayner Essex in more detail, please contact
Liz White - liz.white@rayneressex.com
St Albans on +44 (0)1727 833222
London on +44 (0)20 7388 2641.

Your Apprenticeship Studies

These days, there are lots of options available to you when you come out of full-time education. So why choose an Apprenticeship with us? An accounting apprenticeship with Rayner Essex is an excellent alternative to going to University and will allow you to start earning straight away. Combining structured training, study support and on-the-job experience, our Apprenticeship Programme is designed to help develop your professional skills and knowledge, as well as your technical understanding. Our apprentices join a two to three-year training programme to study towards a work-based qualification from the Association of Accountancy Technicians (AAT). You will be provided with support from a dedicated supervisor and will receive regular reviews to ensure that you are progressing in your role and studies.

We work in partnership with our training provider and our ultimate aim is for our apprentices to successfully complete the technical requirements of their qualification whilst developing practical knowledge of accountancy practices and working on their own client portfolio. This will give you a great head start in the profession, giving you the opportunity to learn the business from the ground up while developing your professional skills.

We regularly recruit apprentices in our London and St Albans offices and if you are looking for the opportunity to earn while you learn, gaining work experience and an industry recognised qualification it’s a great place to start.

You do not need any previous accounting experience to join us as an apprentice, but you do need to have enthusiasm, determination and a commitment to learning. In addition, you will need a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above (including at least a grade B in Maths and English) and for Higher Apprenticeships two A levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

When training towards a professional qualification, the firm provides study support, including covering tuition costs and paid study leave for first-time exam attempts.

Working at Rayner Essex

Rayner Essex are always looking for talented Apprentices to join our growing team.

An apprenticeship at Rayner Essex gives you the opportunity to work with clients from all fields of business, industry, the professions, arts and the entertainment world. Our Clients include large corporates operating nationally and internationally, privately owned businesses of every size, professional practices, partnerships, sole traders and self-employed individuals.

You may also be exposed to some of our international clients through our membership of INPACT, which is an international alliance of independent professional accountants with member firms around the world.

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Clients value the service and expertise they receive from the firm which provides them with technical and business advisory skills associated with those delivered by much larger firms. This unique blend of personal service and technical excellence is not only valued by our clients, but employees and referral bodies alike.

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99% of our clients

would recommend us

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the ‘go to’ firm for small and medium sized enterprises in the UK by providing a truly excellent professional service that is tailored to meet every client’s needs and requirements. Whether working with clients or colleagues, we encourage our staff to exemplify the values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality and ensure that our activities are independent, responsive, fair and open.

We see our apprenticeship programme as central to the firm’s growth, with the aim that our apprentices will grow and develop with the firm, with the opportunity to move onto further professional qualifications where appropriate.

Founded in 1967

8 partners and around 75 staff

What can we offer you?

Our success depends on our people and the recruitment and retention of high quality staff is crucial to the continued success of our firm.

We are a friendly firm and it is important to us that everyone enjoys coming to work and feels challenged and supported in their role. We are committed to offering you a varied and interesting workload and the support to ensure that you have the skills to perform at your best.

In addition to offering a competitive reward package, we provide the opportunity to continue to develop your skills through on the job training as well as structured learning and development. Where possible, we look to promote from within and want to reward staff through recognition and promotion when opportunities arise.

The firm attained the Investors in People accreditation in 2010 and was reaccredited in 2016, reflecting the firm’s sustained and continuing commitment to invest in its staff.

Benefits

We keep our benefits package under review to ensure that we remain competitive and as an employee of Rayner Essex you will enjoy:

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday (with the ability to buy and sell holiday each year)
  • Pension provision
  • Health cash plan
  • Occupational sick pay scheme
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Season ticket loan for travel
  • An active social committee with frequent and varied events throughout the year

A happy working life

Our working environment is friendly and informal and we take care to ensure that you will feel part of the firm from day one. The majority of our staff sit open plan and our partners have an open door policy and aim to foster a supportive working environment. We keep staff up to date with regular updates on the firm’s strategy, financial performance and any marketing or people news. Information is also shared through regular Manager and Partner meetings and through Departmental meetings.

In St Albans, our office is located close to the train station and only a short walk to the town centre. In London, we are ideally situated for train, tube and bus travel being only a 5 minute walk from Euston and Kings Cross train stations. At both of our offices we have staff kitchens, with free drinks and biscuits for staff to enjoy and facilities so that you can bring or prepare lunch.

The firm provides a budget to our social committee to organise various social and sporting events, such as 5-a-side football, cinema trips, go-karting, ten pin bowling and an annual quiz amongst others, which help to reinforce the strong working relationships which make Rayner Essex a great place to work.

Over £20,000 raised annually
for local charities

Life outside of work

Rayner Essex is ideally located to offer you the best of both worlds. The hustle and bustle of London life, balanced with the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside.

Our vision is to be the ‘go to’ firm for small and medium sized enterprises in the UK by providing a truly excellent professional service that is tailored to meet every client’s needs and requirements. Whether working with clients or colleagues, we encourage our staff to exemplify the values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality and ensure that our activities are independent, responsive, fair and open.

We see our apprenticeship programme as central to the firm’s growth, with the aim that our apprentices will grow and develop with the firm, with the opportunity to move onto further professional qualifications where appropriate.