An Assistant Accountant apprenticeship equips apprentices with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out routine financial activities and provide crucial support to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes.
Throughout the Apprenticeship, participants learn how to manage financial records, process transactions, assist in budgeting, and prepare financial reports.
This programme is ideal for those with a keen eye for detail, strong numerical aptitude, and an interest in business operations.
By the end of the Apprenticeship, you will be well-prepared to embark on a successful career as skilled Assistant Accountants, contributing to the financial stability and success of businesses and organisations in various industries.
Earn a wage, whilst studying a fantastic course
Gaining experience in a fast-paced & competitive industry
No learning costs for the Apprentice
Potential career paths of Assistant Accountant Apprentices…
This occupation is found in all sectors and industries, including the private and the public sector. This ranges from small organisations through to large global corporations and government bodies.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to support internal and external customers in the administration of their financial and accounting activities. They may work as an assistant accountant in a practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. An assistant accountant helps in the operation of day-to-day financial activities. These may include data entry to month end management accounts and year-end financial statements. In addition, the assistant accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements. These may include the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver accurate and timely accounts services. This will include their line manager and team members, together with the workers and the clients of the organisation they are managing accounts for. They may liaise with software departments, or houses, where the accounts system is hosted externally.
An assistant accountant will be responsible for managing their own caseload and time whilst reporting to a more senior accountant.
Typically 15 months
This apprenticeship aligns with AAT for Qualified Bookkeeper.
An EPA is an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship. It will assess you against the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) in the occupational standard. Your training will cover the KSBs. The EPA is your opportunity to show an independent assessor how well you can carry out the occupation you have been trained for.
Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA. The length of the training for this apprenticeship is typically 15 months. The EPA period is typically 3 months.
The overall grades available for this apprenticeship are:
When you pass the EPA, you will be awarded your apprenticeship certificate.
The EPA gateway is when the EPAO checks and confirms that you have met any requirements required before you start the EPA. You will only enter the gateway when your employer says you are ready.
The gateway requirements for your EPA are:
For the assistant accountant, the qualification required is:
AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
Level 3 Diploma in Accounting
Multiple choice test
You will complete a multiple-choice test. It will be open book, meaning you can have access to some books or reference materials. In the test you can have:
Apprentices may bring with them pens, pencils, erasers, and a scientific or accountancy calculator.
Calculators must not emit audible tones or function as any other digital device.
Apprentices must not have access to the internet for the duration of the assessment. This includes any potential technological, web-enabled sources of information such as, but not limited to, iPods, mobile phones, MP3/4 players, smart watches which have a data storage device.
No other equipment is allowed.
The test will have 40 multiple-choice questions. You will have 150 minutes to complete it.
You will have a professional discussion with an independent assessor. It will last 60 minutes. They will ask you at least 10 questions. The questions will be about certain aspects of your occupation. You need to compile a before the EPA gateway. You can use it to help answer the questions.
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