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Bigger is not always better. In fact, training in a small-to-medium size accountancy firm can offer many opportunities and advantages, over-and-above training in a much larger firm. This event aims to highlight the huge range of benefits, such as those listed here.

This FREE event will enable you to hear about how to become a Graduate Trainee Accountant through the ACA qualification and allow you to put your questions to a range of accountancy firms, SWAT UK staff members and current students who are going through the scheme now. A free buffet lunch will be provided. Numbers are limited, and bookings are on a first come, first serve basis.

This exhibition is a great opportunity to learn more about training to become a Chartered Accountant (and yes, you can become a Chartered Accountant with a degree from any discipline – not just accountancy!)

The afternoon will include keynote speakers and exhibitors to give you guidance on training to become a Chartered Accountant, specifically in the context of working within a small-to-medium size accountancy practice.

Why Attend?

  • Learn more about the ICAEW ACA qualification and what’s involved
  • Meet Chartered Accountant representatives from London and the Southeast including current trainees (these could be your future colleagues!)
  • Learn what a career in accountancy is really like
  • As well as the firms listed, you will also be able to meet CABA (the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association) and a representative from the ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
  • Plus, the event is a great opportunity to get noticed and take your first step towards becoming a Chartered Accountant
12pm - 1pm Registration, refreshments and a chance for attendees to visit the stands and talk to the individual firms
1pm - 1.05pm Welcome and introduction from John Ellis, Recruitment & Student Manager for SWAT UK
1.05pm - 1.35pm

Presentation:  Top 5 Reasons to Train with a Medium Size Practice, with a Partner from one of the firms

This session will illustrate the many opportunities available to attendees through training in a medium size accountancy firm, including:

  > Progression opportunities
Access to partners and higher level staff
Breadth and variety of work experience

1.35pm - 3pm Networking, refreshments and visiting the stands
3pm - 3.05pm Introduction from John Ellis, Recruitment & Student Manager for SWAT UK
3.05pm - 3.35pm

Presentation:  Life as a Graduate Trainee (Student Case Study) with one of the firms’ graduate trainees that have been recruited by SWAT UK

This session will discuss the graduate programme from the perspective of somebody who has recently been / is going through the process, and will cover:

  The recruitment process
> Accountancy training
> Support from SWAT UK

3.35pm - 4pm Final chance to network, enjoy refreshments and visit the stands

Programme is subject to change

*Please note that these sessions are first come, first served as there is limited seating available*



Here are some clips of last year's SWAT UK Chartered Accountancy Graduate Fair...

This is not a formal event and you do not have to attend from start to finish. Please feel free to turn up when it suits you and leave when you have all the information you need.

Please note that employers are required to hold a license to support those who require work visas and as none of our clients hold such a license, we are unfortunately unable to accept applications from those outside of the EU. We would recommend that you contact the ICAEW about such opportunities, if you are classed as an International applicant.

If you are booking a place, please get in touch to advise if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Please note that parts of this event may be filmed, so if you do not want to be on camera, please inform us.



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You will be notified by email if a space becomes available for you.

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Block 2
Angel Square 

Click here for a map and details of how to get to the venue

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