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Area series #1 – Public Sector Audit

In our first Grant Thornton area series blog, Stuart tells us what it is like to work in PSA….

Where can you work with the largest employer in the UK, advise a new start-up company, and meet some of the biggest decision makers in the city that you live in? The answer is Public Sector Assurance (PSA).

I joined London PSA as a Graduate in September 2014, having previously worked in both local and central government. Grant Thornton is the largest provider of audit services to the public sector and is full of experienced professionals who are passionate and knowledgeable about the sector. This combined with the distinctive culture of the firm, embodied by its CLEARR values, is what sets Grant Thornton apart.

Audit services make up the main part of the work we carry out in PSA. Like in commercial audit, we are required to carry out testing on a range of areas to obtain assurance that the final accounts of an organisation are fairly stated. However, the pool of people with an interest in public sector accounts is much wider than for a set of commercial accounts. I actually started writing this piece whilst sitting in a waiting room at my local hospital (don’t worry it was not anything life threatening). As I looked around the room I saw a wide range of ages, nationalities and ailments. The one thing that we all had in common of course was that we were all service users of the NHS.

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#Talent 15 #Twickenham Stadium #PSA


Talent 15

Picture this. It is the year of the rugby world cup. You arrive at Twickenham Stadium, home to England Rugby. You are guided through the players tunnel picking up a glass of prosecco or two en route.  You step out onto the pitch and take in the grandiosity of your surroundings. This can only mean one thing.  We have made it to Talent 15.

9,398 applications were made, 2085 digital interviews were conducted, 682 assessment centres were held resulting in 462 offers made to school leavers, graduates, interns and business placements. Talent 15 is this group of promising associates who made it, then descended on Twickenham Stadium in August to be officially welcomed to the firm.

One of those associates was me, Danni, who joined London Public Sector Audit In January and was later joined by the rest of the new PSA peer group in September.  I am keen to share my experience of the event which reminded me of why I applied to Grant Thornton. Read this post

Talent 2015

Our latest blog comes from Chris, a trainee in Public Sector Assurance based in Birmingham.

Hi everyone! The aim of this blog is shed some light on the incredibly insightful, energetic and inspirational two days that was #Talent15. As mentioned in a previous blog post of mine, I joined Grant Thornton in June of this year as a new starter in Birmingham Public Sector Assurance (PSA). This meant I spent three months over the summer looking forward to Talent 15, as the induction event where I would get to know the rest of the new starters in Birmingham, as well as our national cohort of trainees.

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