West Suffolk College

Accounts Assistant Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

West Suffolk College (Employer)

West Suffolk College (Training Provider)

Annual wage £11,972.00
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday - 08:30 - 17:00, Monday to Thursday and 08:30 - 16:30 on Friday.
27 months (duration)
25 October 2021(start date)
Assistant accountant (apprenticeship standard)
1 October 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

West Suffolk College is one of the country’s leading further education and apprenticeship providers. We have around 13,000 students including nearly 2,000 apprentices studying with us. We've worked with 1000+ employers over the last year. There is an opportunity for an apprentice to join the Finance team.


West Suffolk College has an opening for an Apprentice in Finance, this is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in starting a career in finance. Initially working in our cash book position, this role will vary during the fixed term contract allowing the opportunity to gain a wide understanding of Finance roles including Bursary and Sales Ledger.

We are committed to providing an apprenticeship opportunity that will allow you to experience a wide range of skills and situations to give you the best possible start to your career. You will receive:

  • 20% off the job training to support your apprenticeship qualification
  • Day release to the AAT level 3 and 4 courses, this qualification is in addition to the apprenticeship and will be funded by the College with the exception of AAT personal membership.
  • Additional study leave days to help you prepare for examinations
  • Sector relevant staff training
  • The opportunity to gain a Level 2 Customer Service Award

To make the most of this opportunity you will be expected to complete your apprenticeship qualification during your day release hours. AAT revision is expected to be completed in your own time. This is a globally recognised qualification and is the first step on the path to becoming a qualified accountant.

Role Responsibilities

Initially your role will based around the cash book and responsibilities will include:

  • Daily inputting, checking and reconciling of the bank statements
  • Reconciling the credit card bank account
  • Maintenance of the nominal ledger accounts
  • Accruals for month end accounts

You will also get the opportunity to experience the following roles:


  • Help in the administration of the Discretionary Learner Support Fund, including opening accounts, inputting invoices and answering customer queries
  • Process cheque requisitions, refunds and internet payments arranging for appropriate authorisation
  • Collect & distribute the departmental post
  • Balance departmental control accounts
  • Raising and distributing Sales ledger invoices and credit notes on a daily basis

Sales ledger:

  • Credit control
  • Input and monitor sales ledger invoices, credit notes and receipts
  • Monitoring DD’s
  • Supporting the Management Accountant
  • Please see the job description for full details

Future Prospects

  • This is a great opportunity to start a successful career in Finance
  • There is opportunity to progress to Level 4 AAT available

Skills Required


  • Good administrative and record keeping skills
  • Competence in communication and mathematical skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • A positive attitude towards ‘the customer’
  • Ability to adapt to a changing role in a fast-paced working environment


  • Good IT skills
  • Working knowledge of Sage, Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word

Qualities Required

  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Positive attitude
  • Adaptability

Qualifications Required

  • At least GCSE, or equivalent, grade 4/C or above in maths and English is essential
  • Level 2 AAT qualification is desired

Training Provided

  • Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship
  • AAT Level 3 qualification
  • Functional skills if needed
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