What will the apprentice be doing?The role will be portfolio-based and will involve working in a team as well as independently. Key tasks include:
Data entry using software systems which may include - bookkeeping, project management, tax preparation, customer database and MS Office.
Assisting with preparation of income and expense records which are used for VAT, management and year end accounts.
Reconciling sales and general ledger entries.
Helping to prepare returns and other documents for filing with Companies House or HMRC as instructed.
Assisting with preparation of monthly and weekly payroll.
Managing workload to ensure client financial records are kept up to date and deadlines are met.
Answering the telephone and taking accurate messages.
Other administration duties as and when required – eg opening post, scanning and filing documents, taking mail to the post office.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?ACCA - Accounting And Taxation Professional Apprenticeship Level 7 There are three levels including Applied Knowledge, Applied Skills and Strategic Professional. Applied Knowledge helps you understand the role of accounting in the business environment, and develop the practical skills and techniques expected of an accountant working in business. Applied Skills encourages you to develop a broad understanding of the role of accounting in business, and how to interpret financial information. By studying Strategic Professional, you’ll learn advanced techniques, skills, and the professional ethics required of an accountant or consultant operating at a senior level. Once you’ve successfully passed you can apply to be a full member of ACCA.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?The aim is to work towards managing a client portfolio independently whilst qualifying as a Certified Accountant.
Reality CheckBenefits Include: 28 days holiday including bank holidays. Health insurance after probation is passed. Parking spaces available outside office (Junction 8 on A1M or 5 minute from Stevenage Old Town). 20 minute walk to Stevenage Railway Station 20 Minute walk to Stevenage Old Town . Regular buses along Gunnels Wood Road a short walk away.
Skills RequiredCommunication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working
Qualifications RequiredA Level or equivalent Maths (Grade 9/A*-5/B) Essential
Other Degree is desirable (Grade pass) Desired
A Level or equivalent at least 3 A-Levels (Grade 9/A*-4/C) Essential