Management Training Scheme (MTS)

Finance management training scheme

If you're successful, you'll be posted to one of Scotland's Health Boards. You must be flexible and willing to work anywhere in Scotland.

As a successful candidate you will:

  • start on an annual salary of £24,057 with pension
  • be supported through three years’ work within various sections of the NHS working alongside some of Scotland's top NHS managers and clinicians
  • be fully funded support through a CIPFA professional qualification and have the opportunity a three-month elective elsewhere in Scotland or even abroad

Here's how it works:

Year 1

What you'll do

Orientation (three months)

You'll experience a range of NHS services in your host Board and across Scotland, as well as gaining an introduction to the role of financial managers across the service.

First placement (nine months)

You'll work in a real financial management post giving you an opportunity to build your knowledge and skills in this complex financial environment.


Year 2

What you'll do

Elective (three months)

Choose where you'd like to develop your skills and experience, perhaps in another public sector organisation.

Second placement (nine months)

You'll move into another financial management post in your host Board continuing to develop your understanding and consolidate your experience across the finance system.  Your role may include responsibility for systems development, project management and/or resource management.


Year 3

What you'll do

After this you're guaranteed at least a full year of work, normally with your host NHS Board, during which you'll also complete your CIPFA qualification.

The three years in-work training is designed to give you:

  • A broad knowledge of the NHS
  • Real management responsibilities
  • An opportunity to choose a specialist area of work and study.
  • The chance to work in variety of  services within the NHS experiencing the challenges and rewards it brings

In addition, you will participate in a range of internal and external development opportunities.