You have an analytical mind and a flair for financial planning. You’re enthusiastic about your
work, enjoy collaborating with others and have the skills and ability to communicate to a variety of different audiences.
The scheme ranges from two to two and a half years.
First ten to twelve months in Milton Keynes with a two to three month placement in Manchester. Up to 1 and a half years based in one of our regional offices including Scotland and Wales. College is based in Milton Keynes for the duration of the scheme.
Rotational placements, with college day release each week (on average). You will be involved in a variety of periodic management accounting activities such as variance analysis, balance sheet reconciliations, reporting and business partnering with non-finance functions as well as project related tasks. Depending on eligibility, finance graduates are enrolled on the government’s level 7 apprentice programme.
The finance scheme is a very successful one with a lot of graduates now holding senior positions within the function. This is because we recognise, develop and promote talent. Previous graduates have gone on to become members of the finance talent development scheme and to further their own professional development, with Network Rail
as a certified body.
The scheme gives graduates a unique opportunity to see many parts of the business while making a contribution from early on. The study support is generous compared to other finance schemes, with time and space given to make sure graduates can get through the qualification with minimal pressure. Former graduates and senior finance leaders run the scheme and all graduates are encouraged to contribute to improving and developing the scheme.