Apprentice Accountant - AAT


About the Apprenticeship

A great opportunity to start to your career in Accountancy. As a Trainee Accounting Technician, you will support managers and other senior staff in providing a range of accountancy services to our clients. You will gain the experience and knowledge to progress through AAT qualifications and then onto Chartered training if that’s what you want.

You'll join a progressive firm of Chartered Accountants based in Torquay with a track record of supporting and developing team members to be the best they can be.

Your colleagues will have gone through or are close to completing the AAT qualification through an apprenticeship scheme and will be part of your support team along with qualified Chartered Accountant managers.

Alongside your AAT studies, as part of your development, you'll have a skills matrix (detailing the skills you'll need to learn to be a great accountant) that you'll work through with your training mentor. As your knowledge and experience grow, you will be taking more responsibility for the work you do and the customers you work with.

As well as technical training for your accountancy qualifications you will be given opportunities for personal development to help you become the best you can be.

You'll be based in a spacious, light and modern office, two minutes' walk from the centre of sunny Torquay with shops and a wide choice of places to get lunch or go shopping. Just a fifteen-minute walk to the harbour and beaches, near all the attractions you'd expect from the English Riviera, including parks, crazy golf, the pier, and a beachside promenade (ideal for a mindful walk at lunchtime) again with lots of bars and restaurants.

There's a fully equipped kitchen (fridge, microwave etc.), and free coffee is on the go all day, and if you need a boost, you can help yourself to healthy snacks and fruit, too.

We get on great as a team, sharing cakes on birthdays and special occasions. It's also brilliant to do things together. We regularly make the most of what you can do in South Devon, like bowling, Segway, crazy golf, archery, and kayaking down the river Dart with a campfire, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Of course, if you don't want to get involved in these activities, you don't have to, but they are great fun.

But don’t take our word for it; here’s what Millie thinks:

“I’ve been at Andrew Price & Co now for nearly 7 years. I started as an apprentice and I’m now a qualified accounting technician. The main work that I started with, and still involved with, is bookkeeping and doing vat returns for our customers and the work connected to that, like training customers on Xero, but I also prepare management accounts and year end accounts for companies. I love the work I do as I get to work closely with my customers and find out what’s going on in their businesses. At APCO there’s a relaxed and supportive environment lots of opportunities to progress.”

Training to be provided

You will undertake the “Assistant Accountant” Apprenticeship (an Advanced Apprenticeship in Accounting), with full support from Accountancy Learning as part of their Flexible Apprenticeship Programme.

Assessment will be by an “End Point Assessment” and will be graded “Pass” or “Distinction”. This will include two elements:

• A Professional Discussion. This will include a series of questions allowing you to display the knowledge and experience you have obtained over your apprenticeship. You will build a Portfolio of reflections and product evidence that will be used for discussion points in the PD.

• A Synoptic Exam. This will include elements you have learnt throughout your studies of the individual AAT Units and this will contribute towards your end grade.

You will be prepared for both of these elements by undertaking studies for the AAT (Level 3) Advanced Diploma in Accounting. These will underpin both elements of your “end point assessment”. As such, it is anticipated that your apprenticeship duration will be for 15-18 months although earlier completion is possible, provided the duration exceeds one year and a week. Those with no prior accounting knowledge may need to also complete the Bookkeeping units of AAT Level 2.

You will receive support from both the us, and the training provider, to complete and achieve your Apprenticeship and will be given time to study during the week on a day release basis. As you are working towards a professional qualification, it is also expected that you will continue your studies outside of normal office hours.

As you learn more in both the office and in your studies your responsibilities, and the variety of tasks you undertake, are expected to increase.

Those with previous relevant qualification and experience may be considered for a Higher Apprenticeship undertaking the Professional Accountant Standard.

Vacancy description

As a trainee accountant you will work as part of a team assisting with clients’ accounting needs.

This position involves a number of different aspects including:
• Preparing financial statements for limited companies, partnerships and sole traders
• Preparing tax computations
• Providing bookkeeping services
• Preparation of VAT returns
• Filing Companies House and H M Revenue & Customs documents on client's behalf
• Operating payroll for employers

Assignments will be undertaken both in the office and at client's premises. Trainees will have support and on the job training from managers and other senior team members.

During your training you will be expected to develop an understanding of the practical issues involved in delivering a high-quality service to clients.

Both practical and theoretical training will be undertaken, with an aim to becoming a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Desired Skills

• You will need to have strong numeracy, literacy skills and IT skills.
• However, no prior knowledge of accountancy is required.
• A general interest in business will be expected, as will be a willingness to learn.

Personal Qualities

You will need to have an analytical and methodical approach to your work and be able to apply both common sense and technical skills to different assignments.

Qualifications Required

• Minimum 6 GCSE’s 9-5 (A*-C) with at least Maths Grade 6 (B)
• 2 A levels at Grade B or equivalent.

Future prospects description

It is expected that you will stay with the company following successful completion of your apprenticeship to undertake further qualifications (ACA/CTA) and increase your responsibility in the company.

What we offer

In addition to being part of a great team, we offer:

✅ A starting salary of £15,500
✅ 37.5 hour working
✅ 25 days of holiday plus bank holidays
✅ Pension contributions depending on eligibility
✅ A healthcare scheme
✅ Car parking permit