The Back Room helps businesses increase their business capacity by outsourcing business processes to our skilled and qualified offshore staff in Clark, Philippines. Over time, our team have built up a comprehensive library of resources and training materials which we have moulded into accountant training programmes for graduates and new employees.


Graduate Trainee Programme for New Zealand Accountants

This six-month graduate programme for university accounting graduates is designed to introduce new staff to your New Zealand accounting firm in a fully-supported manner. By the end of the programme offshore recruits will be ready to fit right into your business, with all required skills and training. In a nutshell, this graduate programme is designed to give your graduate employee a solid head-start to working within a Kiwi firm.

How it works

  • Each year, we offer three intakes: July, November and March
  • Small class size of 10 graduates per intake
  • Two months intensive training and four months partial training
  • First two months are classroom-style training with a transition to your business systems and software
  • Trainees complete regular quizzes to test knowledge
  • In order to graduate from the programme, Trainees sit a final graduation exam

Benefits of the programme

The Graduate Programme offers a step-by-step process to familiarise the graduate accountant with New Zealand tax and accounting practices, Xero, and your firm’s internal processes. The benefits of hiring staff through this programme are enormous.

You will give your employees a major head start with an inexpensive training cost. Every year, exceptionally talented graduates apply at The Back Room, and with training that is personalised for your specific business, the internship enables your new staff to best use their talents.

Utilising our graduate programme at The Back Room saves your firm’s time and training resources, and the final key benefit is that we know Xero and accounting systems inside and out.

Cost to you

To celebrate the launch of the new programme, we are running an introductory offer. The cost to you is $1950 per month per graduate for the first two months only.

We charge normal costs and a setup fee from month three onwards.

This unique and inexpensive fee structure allows graduates to continue to learn while moving towards an employment relationship, with a gradual transition into employment should the graduate and firm find a suitable fit.

Next steps

Sign up to reserve spaces on the Graduate Programme by emailing, or learn more by downloading our e-book:

Download Trainee Programme e-book


Training & Review Service for New Zealand Accounting & Taxation Employees

The Back Room offers a training and service to upskill your new employee on basic New Zealand accounting and taxation. Approximately 8 hours per week per employee one-on-one and 2 video courses on New Zealand basic accounting.

Why use this service?

  • When you just don’t have the training support in your company
  • For fast tracking your new employee’s training
  • To gain feedback on employee’s progress
  • To get ongoing tips and best practice on running your offshore team
  • To gain access to training modules including specialist topics

Month 1

  • Buddy up with new staff
  • 2 training modules per week on basic accounting
  • Completion of prepping tasks for a drafting job for a set of annual accounts *
  • Feedback to the company on staff progress
  • Feedback to the company on any best practice on outsourcing

*Prepping is the first part of a drafting job which is the inputting of data into your firm’s work papers; review of report codes in Xero; updating of annual minutes and basic analytical review.

Month 2

  • 2 training modules per week on NZ tax accounting
  • Completion of basic drafting procedures and review queries
  • A filter of the first draft queries on draft annual account jobs
  • Technical help on difficult issues
  • Continued feedback to the company on staff progress

Month 3

  • A review process of initial work and feedback
  • 4 specialist training modules
  • Specialist topic training
    • Dividends and Imputation Credits
    • Portfolio Investments
    • Farming
    • Land Tax

Cost to you

Monthly fee of $500 per employee

Next steps

Sign up for our training service by emailing Download our e-book here:

Download Training & Review Service e-book