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Trainee Investigators

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater)
£20,274 to £26,382 per annum
Closing date
18 Aug 2021

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An exciting career opportunity has arisen for us to recruit several counter fraud investigators to work for The South West London Fraud Partnership, one of the largest local authority shared fraud services, providing the internal fraud function for five London Councils; Richmond, Wandsworth, Kingston, Sutton, and Merton. Our role is to help protect local government public funds and make sure they are available for those who need this support the most.

You will have the opportunity to work across all partners whilst assisting in providing a professional fraud prevention and investigation function. As a trainee you will undertake a nationally recognised, fully accredited two- year Fraud Investigator apprenticeship qualification. This is fully funded, will start in September 2021 and upon successful completion you will be eligible for membership of the Governments Counter Fraud Profession (GCFP). We will support you in undertaking this qualification by giving you time to study and an experienced mentor. Upon your successful completion we anticipate that you will then join our service on a permanent basis.

This opportunity is ideally suited to a range of people with a wide variety of skills and experience. You will have strong analytical ability and be a skilled communicator, able to work objectively and impartially with people from a wide range of different backgrounds, most of all you will be open and honest have an inquisitive mind, be willing to develop your investigative skills and be able to work both independently and in a team.

If you believe this career opportunity is for you then we are interested to hear from you and have an open mind about your previous relevant experience.

If you would like to speak to someone about this opportunity then please call Kevin Holland – Head of SWLFP on 07880 781 171 or email

For more details on the qualification that you will be undertaking please see:

Please note you must meet the minimum requirement of English Language and Mathematics GCSE Grade C and above or the equivalent.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date: Wednesday 18th August 2021

Shortlisting Date: Thursday 19th and Friday 20th August 2021

Interviews and assessment Date: Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th August 2021 – There will be a test as part of the interview process

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

All internal applicants for this secondment must seek permission from their current line manager before applying. Failure to do so may result in the secondment not being authorised

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymous.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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