Let me just throw in my two cents here. I was doing audit & assurance ACA at PwC in London. I personally didn’t get on very well there and the work was making me depressed. I wanted to get sacked to save the expense but my parents advised me that it was better to leave with a clean record.
I had taken 4 exams, failed one (tax) and was due to retake it (at my own expense).
Ultimately, I had to repay £2000 which docked off my final pay check. I left a little over one year after I started.
I have heard since that the legality of these types of contracts has been called into question, and it is likely that they are not defensible from the employer’s point of view, but I am not a legal expert here.
I’m just going to add here that that one year at PwC, while I hated at the time, has set me up in such good stead for everything that’s happened since that I don’t regret it one bit- indeed I’m grateful for it.
Equally a number of my friends stayed and completed their [[ACA]] and have gone on to get pretty good jobs on pretty tasty salaries. Accountants rarely go unemployed.
Hope that helps, let me know what you decide to do!