South Gloucestershire Council

FINANCE APPRENTICE - Intermediate (Level 2)

South Gloucestershire Council (Employer)

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £168.35 to £322.64
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times TBC
19 months (duration)
1 June 2021(start date)
Accounts / Finance Assistant (apprenticeship standard)
20 April 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an apprentice, you will make a difference by supporting the finance team who are responsible for providing a range of strategic advice and operational financial support services to Council departments. You’ll support the team to enable monitoring as part of COVID 19 reset stages of the council.


What will you be doing?

  • You will be working closely and alongside existing experienced staff where you will assist them to maintain and update information systems and databases to ensure that service transactions are completed accurately
  • You’ll learn how to carry out highways costing, checking invoices, raising debtor invoices and maintaining outstanding orders
  • You’ll also have opportunity to liaise with operational managers and colleagues and learn how to provide guidance about policies, procedures and processes
  • In addition, you’ll be taught how to provide a wide and varied range of administrative tasks to assigned projects ensuring support is provided and records are accurate which will help to inform decision making
  • The most challenging aspect of your apprenticeship will be working in a varied role and one where you will need to use initiative
  • Throughout your 19-month apprenticeship, we will allocate you a workplace mentor to give you guidance and support in completing your Level 3 Assistant Accountant

Future Prospects

Things we need you to know:

All candidates that successfully reach the interview stages will be required to provide a 10-minute presentation as part of the recruitment process.

Reality Check

Things we need you to know:

All candidates that successfully reach the interview stages will be required to provide a 10-minute presentation as part of the recruitment process.

The salary for this apprenticeship is set at the current National Minimum Wage (effective from April 2021).

  • Age Hourly Rate Annual Salary
  • Aged 23+ £8.91 £17,142
  • Aged 21-22 £8.36 £16,084
  • Aged 18-20 £6.56 £12,621
  • Under 18 £4.62 £8,888

Skills Required

  • Good numeracy skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Excellent attention to detail


Qualities Required

  • You must have the drive and willingness to learn new things
  • Be committed to gaining your qualification

Qualifications Required

  • You will ideally hold a minimum of GCSE A*-C (or Grade 4-9) or equivalent qualification in English and maths or be willing to undertake and gain Functional Skills in English and maths as part of the apprenticeship

Training Provided

SGS has elected to deliver the on-programme-learning using the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) Foundation Diploma and the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
AAT as the lead awarding organisation for accounting have been involved in the development of the apprenticeship Standard and have mapped the diplomas to the Standard. Our recommended End Point Assessment Organisation is AAT.

College attendance requires weekly day release learning at SGS College, Filton Avenue, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7AT. (Please note this apprenticeship is currently taught remotely but the college aim to resume class-based activity in September 2021).

As part of this training route you do need to undertake a basic skills assessment as part of the selection process. These will be emailed to you by the training provider, SGS College.

You’ll be completing a Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship which will provide you with a highly transferable set of knowledge and skills, which you gain by working for us. These are the units you’ll get to learn.

  • Advanced bookkeeping
  • Final accounts preparation
  • Management accounting- costing
  • Indirect taxation
  • Ethics for accountants
  • Spreadsheets for accounting

When you aren’t learning with SGS college, the rest of your time will be spent with us learning on the job.

In addition to your workplace mentor, you will also be allocated an assessor by SGS college, who will complete regular reviews with you. These reviews are simply to make sure you are on track and happy.

This apprenticeship also requires you to complete an end point assessment which will see you demonstrate what you have learned as an apprentice and how it can be applied in any other organisation. This will be another chance for you to shine!

The end point assessment consists of a synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the apprenticeship and a portfolio and reflective discussion which will consist of a range of evidence produced in the work-place to show you have met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the apprenticeship standard.

Sound scary? Don’t worry, we and your assessor will give you plenty of support and encouragement to ensure you are prepared and confident to complete this stage. We also have plenty of apprentices here that can give you tips and help ease any nerves or concerns, because they have done it themselves!

We understand this is a lot of information and this apprenticeship might not be for everyone, but if you’ve read the above and are still excited about this opportunity, we would love to hear from you.

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