Apprenticeship Programme

Applications for our 2023 Apprenticeship Programme are currently closed. 

The AAB Apprenticeship Programme is a fantastic alternative route into a career in accountancy and business advisory. Our apprenticeship programme allows you to earn a competitive salary and develop new skills while working in a progressive, diverse, energetic and stimulating environment. After gaining valuable knowledge and practical experience, you will start to study towards your chosen professional qualification.

There are a number of professional qualification options to choose from which are dependent on the department you join:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Association of Taxation Technician (ATT)
  • Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP)

Your training will be fully funded and generous study leave is provided. While studying you will be supported by encouraging and approachable team members, most of whom will have been through studies themselves.

We encourage our trainees to become all-round business advisors and so along with professional study we place equal priority on providing support to enhance the development of professional skills, including presentation, communication and teamwork.

As part of our apprenticeship programme, you will also be joining our other trainees undertaking internship, student placement and graduate trainee roles and learning alongside them. We are a very social firm, value good relationships and encourage participation in the numerous sports, social and fundraising events organised by Social Club and through AABIE.

We have apprenticeship vacancies in the following departments and offices:

Audit (Aberdeen and Edinburgh)

Auditing involves the examination of clients’ accounts to ensure that the financial statements provided by the organisation are accurate. Additional services provided by our Audit team are Audit fraud prevention and whistleblowing services. As an Apprentice in Audit you will be a key member of the team and will complete chargeable work for our clients.

Business Advisory (Aberdeen and Edinburgh)

The Business Advisory Services team at AAB provide proactive planning and compliance services for owner managed businesses from commencement to cessation. The joined up approach of accounting services, tax, VAT and planning solutions allows our apprentices variety and a wide range of experience in a busy and challenging team environment.

Global Employment Taxes (Aberdeen or London)

Our Global Mobility Tax team, provide services to clients with internationally mobile employees. This can lead to global compliance and tax implications for both the employee and the employer to consider. You will be involved in the end-to-end process with these clients from advising them on their requirements, to day-to-day delivery of wider compliance processes.

Payroll (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow or London)

If you’ve ever had a part time job you probably received a pay slip, but did you ever think about how the figures were calculated?  Our payroll team provide payroll services for a variety of clients.  This includes calculating how much employees need to be paid, calculating how much tax and National Insurance needs to be deducted from their pay and reporting the details to HMRC.  Payroll is a fast-paced environment, with no two days the same which makes working in payroll a motivating and stimulating career choice.

Private Client Tax (Glasgow)

The Private Client Team look after individuals’ everyday tax affairs. This involves completion of Tax Returns, reporting their income and claiming any expenses, but our principal focus is to look closely at clients’ overall income and assets and actively suggest ways where tax efficiencies can be made. We pride ourselves on long standing client relationships, helping them manage their tax affairs linked to businesses or trusts, ultimately perhaps enabling clients to pass on family wealth across many generations. Getting to know our clients is key and we actively encourage direct client contact for all new members of the team, no matter what level. You will also be working alongside leading tax specialists, offering you an opportunity that would lead to varied, interesting and rewarding career in tax.


We welcome applications from all backgrounds and are flexible with our academic entry requirements.

The most important part of our recruitment process is finding students who can demonstrate our people qualities. A growth mindset with a desire to learn and grow professionally along with a passion for providing awesome client service is also a must.

As we move forward into the future we are utilising more and more technology in the accountancy and business advisory industry, therefore a knowledge and interest in technology is desired.


Our application process is simple and designed around the fact that we want to get to know ‘you.’

Our application process consists of:

  • Online Application Form
  • Video Exercise – The Elevator Pitch
  • Interview
  • Job Offer


Over the years, AAB has been recognised for its excellent working practices by some of the most prestigious award bodies in the UK. We pride ourselves in the fact that our approach across the AAB Group has gained an excellent reputation and is loved by our employees.

Some of our benefits are

  • Hybrid, agile and family friendly working practices to enable you to manage your work life alongside your home life
  • Ongoing personalised coaching and mentoring programmes to maximize your potential
  • Living Wage Employer
  • Fully funded study leave
  • Full payment of private healthcare and dental care
  • Workplace pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Regular updates from our Health & Wellbeing team and access to all Headspace resources and Employee Assistance Programme and well as access to trained Mental Health First Aiders
  • We’re energetic people who like nothing more than having a bit of fun; with our Social Club organising frequent staff events and initiatives
  • Volunteering leave through the Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative (AABIE)
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Various groups to become involved in such as LGBTQ+, Environmental, Social and Governance, Working Families and Menopause
  • Regular communication from our leadership team regarding AAB Group activities and initiatives

You can also find out more about what it is like to work at AAB directly from our people. Check out our AAB Life blog for more information.

Please note at the time of starting your employment, you must have the right to work in the UK.

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