What training will I receive?

Students at Dixon Wilson prepare for examinations with leading, accomplished commercial tutors, who provide a comprehensive programme of training, which is designed to enable students to pass the examinations first time.
 
Dixon Wilson uses an end-loaded training programme. This involves initial tuition, followed by knowledge papers (e-assessments), which are set and marked by the Institute.  Once the knowledge element has been passed, a further intensive course is provided before the examinations to consolidate what has been learned and to cover the remainder of the syllabus. This is followed by supervised revision.
 
The amount of home study to be done should not be underestimated, especially as it is undertaken after a full day’s work.  However, assistance and encouragement is always available in the office, when required.
 
In-house training sessions, designed to help students in their professional work, are also provided, presented by members of staff and by specialist tutors.
 

Examination structure

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales requires students to undertake three levels of formal examinations, the Certificate Stage, Professional Stage and Advanced Stage.
 
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What opportunities are available in the Paris office?

The firm’s Paris office is a fully recognised Training Office of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. We accept graduates each year for training contracts living and working full-time in France.
 
The work experience available in our Paris office mirrors that of London. The Paris office acts for clients also looked after by the London office and for French and international clients.
 
Candidates for training in Paris must possess at least a basic knowledge of conversational French and be able to demonstrate that they would be well adapted to living full-time in France.
 
Applications for a training contract in Paris should be made through our London office.
 
There is also an opportunity at a later date, for exam qualified staff and above with good French language skills to second to the Paris office.
 

What are Dixon Wilson looking for?

We select a total of twelve to fourteen students each year with intakes starting in September and February.
 
We welcome graduates from any discipline with a minimum of 300 UCAS points (formerly 24 points) and an upper second class degree.
 
We look for candidates who have good academic ability and who are able to express themselves clearly, both orally and in writing. A good pass at ‘A’ level Maths is an advantage and our initial interview process includes a numeracy test.
 
Students must have the commitment to achieve success at examinations and the aptitude to deliver a first-class professional service to our clients.  They must have the ability to keep up to date with rapidly changing business conditions and the flexibility of mind to apply skills from different professional disciplines.
 

What about pay and benefits?

 
Staff are paid at current market rates and student salaries will be discussed at interview.  Student salaries are frequently adjusted to recognise progress; merit awards are available to those who perform well. The firm also pays London trainees a settling-in allowance, payable in the first month of employment.
 
The firm works a five day week, from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch. Students are entitled to 20 days holiday in addition to statutory holidays, paid study leave and any additional firmwide holiday.
 
Students are required to work overtime, should the need arise, paid at the relevant hourly rate. However excessive overtime is discouraged because of the need to prepare for examinations.
 
A pension scheme is available to students.
 

What happens after qualifying?

We recommend newly qualified accountants consider additional training to achieve membership of other professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Taxation or the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
 
Early opportunities exist for promotion to manager and, in the longer term, to partnership.
 
It may be possible to work overseas, either in our Paris office or as part of a work exchange through our international associates.
 
The training and practical experience we offer provides an excellent grounding, particularly for students who are interested in a career within the profession.
 
However, we recognise that most students embarking on a training contract will not have any set ideas about their futures and will prefer to keep their options open.  The training and experience we provide is equally valuable as a background to a career in commerce or industry.
 

How do I apply?

If you would like to apply, please complete our application form.