Trust Trainee Accountant – NPCAT

Closing Date: 14/12/2022
Contract Permanent
Job Role Education, Finance
Working Hours Full Time
Location Middlesbrough
Salary Grade F-J, SCP 8-27 (Actual Salary £22,777 - £33,820)
Company Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust

Job Description

Required: As soon as possible

Salary: Grade F-J, SCP 8-27 (Actual Salary £22,777 – £33,820)

Hours: 37 hours per week, Whole Time 

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, Middlesbrough, TS4 3JP 

Job Category: Finance Education 


Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust is a family of 32 primary schools, and 5 secondary schools. With 14,000 pupils and 2,000 plus staff, the Trust is now one of the largest Catholic Multi Academy Trust in the UK.  

We are delighted to offer this unique trainee accountant training programme which is ideal if you are looking to start or develop your career in education finance.

This role offers you an excellent grounding in different areas within our finance team, whilst being fully supported to study a professional accountancy qualification with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

This is an excellent opportunity to work with one of the largest multi-academy Trusts in the country and make a significant contribution to our desire to deliver system leading business support services to our schools.

Subject to achievement of each level of professional qualification, this is a permanent post with a four-year training programme (though candidates may complete the qualification within a shorter timescale). The following incremental salary will apply, subject to achievement of each level of professional qualification and satisfactory performance against targets.

  • Starting at £22,777 whilst studying the professional certificate, increasing to £25,409 upon completion.
  • Salary will be £25,409 whilst studying the professional diploma, increasing to £28,371 upon completion.
  • Salary will be £28,371 whilst studying the strategic level of the qualification, increasing to £33,820 by annual progression based on performance and behaviours.


  • Full funding and support towards completion of the CIPFA professional qualification;
  • Career development from day one;
  • Study and exam leave;
  • Management training and mentoring from a senior leader;
  • Access to a wide range of training and development events as well as extensive on-the-job training;
  • Annual leave starting at 26 (progressing to 31 upon 5 years service completion) days plus 8 public holidays;
  • Contributory pension scheme;
  • Flexible working policy and culture;
  • Working with a well-established and supportive team.

We offer several entry routes and your level of qualification does not change your progression through the programme. You may be:

  • A school leaver with a desire to commence your career journey, whilst studying for a professional qualification;
  • A graduate looking for a career-graded opportunity; or
  • An Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualified already working within a finance environment and looking to further develop your career.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three GCSEs, grade A-C (or grades 4 and up), and two A-Levels grades A-C, or acceptable equivalent (subjects must include Maths and English at either level)
  • You may be a school leaver, a graduate or AAT qualified – provided that you meet the above requirements your application will be considered.

Closing date: Wednesday 14th December 2022 by 12pm

Interview date: To Be Confirmed

Please refer to the back cover of the application pack for details of how to apply for this position.

Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust is committed to equality of opportunity, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check along with other relevant employment checks. The successful candidate will be required to sign a Catholic Education Service contract.

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