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The PSA Series: The CIPFA/ICAS Qualification

PSA to Dublin

The next guest blog in the PSA series comes from Will, a graduate in the Liverpool office…

Reading this title you may be wondering what PSA is? In short, think ‘standard’ commercial audit but only for public sector entities such as councils, hospitals, colleges etc. Before I applied I read everything I could find on the blog and it really helped me out, not only in terms of getting through the application but helping me understand whether PSA was a path I wanted to take. I’m an anthropology graduate so familiarity with maths wasn’t exactly at the top of my CV, but the job is just as much about people as it is about the numbers!

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The PSA Series: Applicant to intern to graduate


I’m Helen and I joined the Public Sector Audit (PSA) Manchester team on the graduate programme in July 2015, having completed a three month internship the summer before. I guess if you’re on this blog you’re trying to find out more about public sector audit, and whether it’s for you? Hopefully this blog will give you a better idea of what life is like in PSA. Here’s a photo of me and my college mates enjoying an away dinner,

The application stage

The first thing – and probably the most nerve wracking – is applying! But as strange as it sounds, I really enjoyed my application process with Grant Thornton. On the day of my assessment centre I nervously arrived at the Liverpool office, expecting a grilling but I was instantly made to feel so welcome. The day kicked off with the group activity and then the individual interviews. We also had the opportunity to meet with current associates and ask questions about life a trainee. This was my first time speaking to an Associate and  it was interesting to get a first-hand perspective on what to expect. Once my nerves were put to one side I really enjoyed the day and found it quite interesting.

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Budget 2016 – The Northern Powerhouse

Now we have had a bit of time to digest the Budget 2016 we have a series of blogs that covers some of our thoughts from the day. First we have Sophie, an associate in audit from the Sheffield office.

Northern Powerhouse

What is the Northern Powerhouse? What does it mean for our local region? And exactly how committed are the government to this economic regeneration project?

George Osborne has outlined 3 steps he deems necessary improvements in order to set the Northern Powerhouse ball rolling; logistics, science and innovation – and all to be necessarily overseen by the powerful and collaborative business leaders from the local region. It would seem that perhaps what it ultimately boils down to is the ability of our local businesses and regions to compete and win more opportunities and thus redistribute wealth and jobs away from the nucleus of London. From a local perspective, Tinsley Bridge MD, Mark Webber, is dubious about the release of the Budget. He feels there is an’ uncertainty’ which ‘is not good for business’ – so much so that the highlights it as ‘our biggest barrier to growth’. He, along with many other business people, wants to see long-term investment supported by consistent support and incentives and an all-round clearer legislative framework.

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I’ve Joined! Joining Grant Thornton… The Unconventional Way



Our latest guest blog comes from Jenny – a new starter in Public Sector Assurance based in the Liverpool Office.

So, university seemed the be all and end all to me – the one thing that differentiated the exceptional from the good, and the deal maker when it came to securing that all important first ‘proper’ job. With a firm nudge from school, I headed off to a reputable red brick university to study a bachelor of science in Accounting and Finance… Read this post