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AAT Accounting Apprenticeship (Level 3)

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Accountants are crucial across a range of industries and sectors, ensuring that a business's financial turnover and expenditures are correctly monitored and recorded. A career in accounting will enable you to choose from a variety of employment opportunities.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

How much will I earn?

When undertaking an Apprenticeship, you will receive the current minimum wage rate for an apprentice, which is £3.50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those currently employed in this sector or looking to secure employment within this sector as a Trainee Accounting Technician or Assistant Accountant. Accountants usually start working in a support role within a firm of accountants or in the accounts or finance departments of organisations in industry, commerce or the public sector. However, there are opportunities for progression with experience. As an Assistant Accountant you may gain exposure to bookkeeping, auditing, tax, payroll and related assignments. You may also be in contact with clients and would require good communications skills.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Preparing financial documents
  • Monitoring spending and revenue
  • Keeping a record of money allocated to projects and departments
  • Processing invoices and payments
  • Assisting with the management of financial systems
  • Ensuring the proper handling and control of all cash transactions
  • Calculating, posting and verifying financial data to maintain accounting records

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (AAT)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths (NCFE)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English (NCFE)

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • Good mathematical skills
  • Computer literacy skills
  • A logical and methodical approach to working
  • A high level of attention to detail
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs.

If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years. The average duration of this apprenticeship is 12 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work-related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship ensures that apprentices gain the skills and knowledge required to become an effective member of a highly skilled workforce. It provides a structured approach to training and developing prospective Accountants who understand the needs of the organisation, its customers and the sector within which they operate.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Ref: Caroline Lidster