As an accounting assistant apprentice you will provide support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant, or within the finance function of an organisation. Part of your role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. In addition, you may find yourself involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.
This apprenticeship will develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours required for a Professional Accountant or Tax Technician. As an apprentice in this area you will have responsibility for creating, and/or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. This will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual's knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices. This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company, HMRC or the accounting function of a business or other organisation.
You will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the two areas of your chosen specialism, accounting and tax. A successful apprentice will have met the core requirements common to both areas and one of the two technical knowledge option requirements. A competent Professional Accounting/Tax Technician, on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard, will meet the following requirements:
In addition to this, you will demonstrate competence in the following skills and behaviours
Delivery will be in partnership with employers and adopt a blended approach of on and off the job training and professional development. Apprentices will receive training and mentoring in the workplace to enable to them to demonstrate skills and create a portfolio of evidence which showcases the skills, knowledge and behaviours. Apprentices will also attend weekly classes at Warrington & Vale Royal College during which all knowledge elements of the standard will be covered, and learners will work towards achievement of on programme knowledge exams via AAT.
You will be assessed throughout the apprenticeship through an exam-based route, a portfolio of evidence to showcase your work and completion of business-related tasks.
At the end of your apprenticeship, the college will work with you and your employer to help you go on to the next level of training or gain full-time employment, either with your current employer or another employer the college has access to.
Examples of roles as a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician apprentice include, but are not limited to, Assistant Auditor, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Financial Officer, Tax Investigations Officer, Personal Tax Assistant and Business Tax Assistant. The Professional Accounting/Tax Technician standard allows student registration with a number of UK Professional Bodies in this sector.
You will be allocated a designated apprentice coach to guide you through your apprenticeship. We also have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed.
We are one of the top performing further education college for apprenticeships. More than 9 out of 10 of our apprentices continue in employment or receive a promotion once they have finished their apprenticeship. We also have a dedicated matching service where we match your skills to a suitable employer, and our experienced team will work with you to guide you through your apprenticeship.
To study this course you must be working as an accountant or bookkeeper for an accounting practice, business, organisations or HMRC. A previously gained qualification in a related subject at level 3 is desirable.
Most candidates will have Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above), ideally as GCSE A-C grades or other comparable qualifications. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to the completion of the Apprenticeship.