By Mark Taylor, Assistant Director, Audit Scotland
This is a really exciting time to join us in the world of public audit. With less than a year until the UK formally leaves the EU and continuing pressures on public services, public audit really has never been more important. Continue reading Help improve public services in Scotland as a Graduate Trainee
Applications for Audit Scotland’s Graduate Trainee Scheme are now open. Our four-year scheme provides training and development, with plenty of hands-on work experience and support as you complete your Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification with ICAS. So what’s the teaching element of the scheme like? What would you study and what exams would you take? We asked Graham Foster from ICAS to tell you a bit more… Continue reading Guest blog: The journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant
By Fraser McKinlay, Director of Performance Audit and Best Value
In March, I was lucky enough to travel to Sydney, Australia, to speak at the IMPACT 2018 conference. It’s a biannual gathering of performance auditors, organised by the Australasian Council of Auditors General (ACAG), and this year hosted by the Auditor General of New South Wales.
It was a fantastic opportunity to share with colleagues my experiences of auditing in an increasingly devolved Scotland, and learn from the best approaches to performance auditing around the world. Continue reading Performance audit – unique and unifying work from around the world
Lauryn Graham joined Audit Scotland in October 2017 as a trainee. But unlike our other trainees Lauryn hadn’t been to university. Instead she came to us straight from high school and became the first person in Audit Scotland to be hired as part of a new initiative offering a training position to a school leaver. It’s a unique opportunity to contribute to our work, gain full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS, and get paid. This year we’re seeking two new school leavers to join us at Audit Scotland. So, almost a year into the five-year role what has Lauryn’s experience been like so far?
Continue reading Calling all school leavers
by Caroline Gardner
A new phase in Scotland’s devolved powers began with last week’s passing of the Social Security Bill.
Major new responsibilities for delivering benefits worth around £3 billion a year now sit with the Scottish Government. Unsurprisingly, the stakes are high.
The Government is committed to delivering the first wave of devolved benefits by summer 2019, including the carer’s allowance supplement, the Best Start grant, and assistance with funeral expenses. Continue reading Why 2018 matters: social security and the Scottish Government