This apprenticeship could find you working in an accounts department, helping a business manage their money properly. So if you are good with numbers and have a business brain this apprenticeship could be for you. You could work in any industry and job roles are varied but whatever you choose accountancy is a highly skilled and respected profession with excellent employment prospects. Apprentices who qualify as accounting technicians will help accountants to keep financial records and prepare accounts. You'll learn how to balance accounts, process invoices and payments, complete VAT returns, and prepare financial statements and reports for Sole Traders and Partnerships. You also study a number of essential skills with spreadsheets and the use of computerised accounting software. Depending on whether you work for a large or small company, you could be specialising in one area - like sales - or doing all these tasks as well as handling banking and petty cash. For the Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Accounting you will also learn how to prepare detailed Management Accounting reports.
Unless you have previously studied AAT before you will start at Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship (AAT level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting)
Entry criteria varies depending on the framework that you are studying and the needs of the employer, however a good level of secondary education is expected including maths and English GCSE at a C grade or above. Employers also look for skills like motivation, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills and a willingness to learn and will set their own specifications depending on the role.
Delivery and Assessment
The duration of an apprenticeship will vary depending on the needs of the employer but you will be required to complete qualifications during the period usually with set study days. As part of the apprenticeship, there will be a number of specific skills that your employer or college tutor will monitor and observe to prove that you reached a certain level of understanding. All assessment with this pathway is via formal computerised examinations.
On completion of the apprenticeship, you will be a candidate for roles such as Accounts Clerk, Credit Control Assistant, Finance Assistant, Purchase Ledger Clerk and others in this area. You can also continue with your studies up to becoming a fully qualified accountant with one of the professional bodies, ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA.