Graduates insight

Recruitment for our Graduate ACA programme begins in September each year, with details of opportunities being announced through our website. You will be able to come and meet us at careers fairs in October and November at Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Southampton and UWE universities. This is where you will have a chance to meet various people from the firm including Partners, current trainees and newly qualified accountants to hear first-hand about life at PKF Francis Clark and what our recruitment process is like.

As you might expect for the region's largest independent accountancy practice, competition for places is intense, so we would advise you to submit your application at the first opportunity. Applications for this year's intake will open on 11 September 2017 and close on 8 November 2017. We will then be holding our regional assessment centres in late November/ early December for successful applicants.

We will aim to fill all of our roles during this time, but if we do have any remaining posts then we will re-open our applications in spring 2018.

Successful candidates will then be invited to a student welcome day, ahead of starting their training in September, or sometimes January of the following year. Successful students are rewarded with a permanent employment contract, a competitive starting salary, as well as various other benefits.

PKF Francis Clark is an ICAEW authorised training employer.

Application requirements

If you wish to apply for one of our training roles, you will need to have:

  • A 2:1 degree in any discipline (obtained or predicted)
  • 280 UCAS points, excluding general studies (obtained or predicted in the same year)
  • Grade B or above in Maths and English at GCSE level or equivalent

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The historic city of Exeter is the capital city of Devon. This characterful city is full of ancient charm and yet offers the lifestyle and amenities of a modern day city. With the beauty of the Devon countryside just a few miles from the city centre, Dartmoor National Park on the doorstep and two coastlines of unspoilt beaches, Exeter really is ideally situated at the heart of the South West.

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With its rich maritime heritage and special place in history, Plymouth is a remarkable city in a stunning location. Today the lively port has a distinctly European feel with marinas, restaurants, galleries, seafront bars and historic buildings. The views out over Plymouth Sound from the Hoe highlight the impressive natural setting.

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Situated in beautiful South Wiltshire, the historic Cathedral City of Salisbury is known as the “city in the countryside”. With historic streets and alleyways, charming half-timbered buildings and regular street markets, Salisbury really is a characterful city.

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The county town of Taunton is a charming English market town at the heart of the epic Somerset countryside. Home to a host of interesting heritage, architecture, county cricket and horse racing, Taunton is a thriving town with a dramatic past dating back to Saxon Times.

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Part of the stunning English Riviera, Torquay has two miles of coastline and a UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark on its doorstep and is replete with coves, beaches, walks and spectacular views. Torbay is recognised as a natural harbour and the title “English Riviera” originated as a result of its beaches and mild climate.

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The bustling Cathedral City of Truro lies at the heart of Cornwall, within easy reach of almost all of the County. Known for its amazing beaches, natural beauty, gorgeous cliff top views, magical gardens, peaceful rivers, captivating moorlands and quaint fishing harbours, Cornwall’s position on a peninsula at the far West of Great Britain makes it all the more special.

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