Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship

HR Training with AVADO Learning

Experience the benefits of having a confident career starter on your finance team

Your Assistant Accountant Apprentice will be responsible for day to day financial activities such as data entry to month-end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. Your apprentice will assist your business in the preparation of VAT, while also undertaking financial administrative tasks and liaising with suppliers. This apprenticeship will provide your business an excellent support function for the finance team including helping internal and external customers.

Who is it for

This apprenticeship programme is meant to fill an entry-level finance role for the business.  Your apprenticeship will benefit the business by learning important skills unique to your business and processing administrative duties such as payments, tracking business expenses and date entry and more.

  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship

London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol

Topics covered
  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Financial Accounts Preparation
  • Indirect Tax
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accountants


Eligibility for the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship

Apprentices will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Must have Maths GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above, or AAT Advanced Certificate in Accounting
  • Preferably English GCSE at Grade C (4) or above (or equivalent), and preferably 5 GCSEs
  • Typically, you’ve worked in accountancy for less than 12 months

Download our full eligibility checklist here.

How does the apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a full-time job with training for a current or new employee in your business. The apprentice’s working time will be split 80/20. 80% of their working time will be spent with you, carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities. 20% of their time will be ‘off-the-job’ and spent working towards their apprenticeship qualification.

What counts as off-the-job training and how is the 20% measured?

Off-the-job training includes:

  • Work spent on their apprenticeship qualification
  • Face to face/virtual classroom training
  • Any employer training
  • Mentoring
  • Work spent on their reflective journal – for Arch it’s Hive Learning
  • Shadowing other teams
  • Attending industry events

At Arch we have a 20% off-the-job tracker that the apprentice, their Learning & Development Coach and line manager monitor.

How is the training delivered?

The apprenticeship programme the training is delivered online and supported by face to face visits with the apprentice’s Learning and Development Coach. Training is delivered in blocks to minimise disruption, so you won’t have someone leaving the office a day a week.

Download the programme overview.

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds are then only redeemable on approved apprenticeship training.

What’s the benefit of hiring apprentices?

Apprentices have proven to bring great value to a business. By hiring talent using a structured training programme like an apprenticeship, it significantly improves the chances of the person succeeding. By investing in your talent, you’ll develop a workforce that’s got skills that match the needs of your business.

76% of employers said that productivity has improved and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. (source)



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Whether you're looking to hire a new apprentice or up-skill an existing employee, an Arch apprenticeship guarantees to provide them with the skills to become a confident and competent assistant accountant. Find out how to grow your company's finance team and speak to a member of the team today.