Accountants play a vital role in organisations, making sure they have enough money to grow, as well as ensuring staff and suppliers are paid on time. Accountants also help to secure business deals, often acting as the go-between for different groups of people such as bankers, lawyers and tax authorities.
An internationally recognised qualification, AAT is the go-to route for those looking to start an accounting career. This qualification ensures learners are work-ready for this vital and in-demand role.
EXAMPLE JOB ROLES
An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their 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 the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.
Must have 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade 9 - 4 (A*- C) or be willing to undertake Functional Skills Level 2. Must have AAT Level 2 or substantive experience in an accounts function. We do have to make sure that the Apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the Apprenticeship qualification, and that they are working at the right level in their job. It may be a requirement to complete an initial assessment in English and Maths, and this may lead to taking some additional diagnostic assessments and skills exams.
18 months to complete, depending on the employer and apprentice needs.
This apprenticeship standard has been developed with the help of employers such as Derbyshire NHS Trust, Brothertons, Charles Wells, Environment Agency, Forum Trust, La Livre, XPO Logistics, Tax Assist, DWP, PWC, KPMG.
There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called a Standard. This Standard includes:
A knowledge based qualification
- Accounting Level 3 Advanced Diploma (AAT)
On Programme Assessment
- Portfolio of evidence
- Assessment of behaviours and skills
- Systems and processes
- Problem solving
- Communication - both independently and as part of a team within the organisation’s standards
- Recording and analysing financial data
- Maths, English at Level 2
- Synoptic end-test
- Portfolio of evidence
WHAT CAN AN APPRENTICE DO NEXT?
Progression can be made to a Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Accounting at Level 4.
If you have any questions or queries relating to
apprenticeships, please contact the apprenticeship team Apprenticeships@swindon.ac.uk