VAT Tax Apprentice (AAT) - Graduate or Non-Graduate - September 2021 Start - Advanced (Level 3)

Macintyre Hudson (Employer)

Kaplan Financial (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.5 hours per week Monday - Friday, shifts to be confirmed.
16 months (duration)
6 September 2021(start date)
Assistant accountant (apprenticeship standard)
3 positions available
28 June 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Are you a bright student looking for a career in Tax, specialising in VAT? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant 'on the job' experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Tax programme might be for you!


You're graduating or wanting a new change? How about:

  • Full study support to gain a globally recognised qualification
  • On the job training and practical experience in a friendly and supportive national VAT team
  • Face to face contact with decision makers early on
  • A career within a national organisation, with access to a global network of 30,000 people across 147 countries
  • Working with a wide range of entrepreneurs, owner managed businesses and subsidiaries of large international groups

Who are we?

We're a dedicated team of like-minded VAT professionals, servicing the needs of a growing base of medium sized and large entrepreneurial businesses. As a member of one of the largest international accountancy associations in the world, a large amount of work we do addresses cross border VAT issues as well as other indirect tax matters, such as customs duty.

We are ranked among the UK's top 15 accountancy firms, therefore our varied client base is able to benefit from a high level of technical expertise which we are able to provide.

In 2019 alone, we won National Firm of the Year, Tax Team of the Year and Graduate and Non-Graduate programme of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards, we internationally re-branded, and we grew substantially with a few high-profile mergers. It's an exciting time to join the firm!

You will have contact with other members of the business from the very start, that is why your ability to build great business relationships is so important.

What will I do?

As a VAT Tax Apprentice, you will start off by learning the fundamentals, including carrying out technical VAT research, advising clients on their VAT liabilities and negotiating with HM Revenue & Customs.

As your technical knowledge, commercial acumen and confidence grow, you will have the opportunity to become a trusted advisor to your clients.

We will make sure you have the right experience, personal development and training to make your career stimulating and rewarding. We will carefully balance your practical experience to reinforce your professional training. Combined, these two crucial elements will help you achieve your qualification.

Along with your peers, you will be assigned mentors who will support and guide you as well as dedicated who will ensure your progress and development is on track.

Our Tax Apprentice's come from a variety of different academic and cultural backgrounds.

Future Prospects

We can offer a structured career path for those with Please apply for this role directly on the employer website- - click on "go to our job portal" and select the location you are interested in and then the job role.

Please note the interview and start dates are advisory and not set dates. Ambition and the determination to develop a career in the profession, and as you will be working in Tax the opportunity to go on to study CTA.

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ttps:// - click on "go to our job portal" and select the location you are interested in and then the job role. Please note the interview and start dates are advisory and not set dates.

Skills Required

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office packages e.g. Word, Excel and Outlook are essential
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Great verbal and nonverbal communication skills

Qualities Required

  • Able to build strong relationships
  • Enthusiasm
  • Attention to detail
  • Takes pride in work and delivering outstanding service
  • An ability and passion to solve complex problems

Qualifications Required

We do not require Tax Apprentices to have a business or financial background. However, we do ask that applicants for our Tax trainee programme have achieved or are predicted to achieved at least 112 UCAS points (based on the new 2017 UCAS Tariff) from 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, all achieved during the same exam year. This excludes General Studies.

We also ask that graduate applicants have either achieved or are working to achieve at least a 2:1 at university.

Training Provided

Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 3 AAT - Advanced Diploma with Bookkeeping bolt on’s
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

Advanced builds on the knowledge gained in the Foundation level. If you work in accounts or have studied accountancy before, you may be able to start at this level. You’ll learn complex accounting techniques and master a number of accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

This level will encourage you to master more complex accounting principles in both Bookkeeping and Management Accounting. You’ll develop the technical skills to start, or progress, your career in accountancy and this will allow you to continue with your studies onto Level 4.

To pass this level you’ll need to study five units (also known as subjects), which are all mandatory. Four of the units are examined individually and there is also a synoptic assessment that you’ll take towards the end of the level, which incorporates the final two units as well as drawing on all of the other units you’ve studied at this level.

The area you will cover include:

  • Bookkeeping transactions - bolt on units
  • Bookkeeping controls - bolt on units
  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Advanced Synoptic Assessment

The Apprenticeship standard details the essential Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that somebody would need to demonstrate to be a successful Assistant Accountant, this includes, Business Awareness, Ethics, Communication, Embracing Change and Problem Solving. Apprentices will need to show they are competent in all the areas detailed in the standard when they take End Point Assessment.

The Knowledge areas of the standard will typically be covered through completion of the AAT qualification. Skills and Behaviours are developed through workshops, e-learning, workplace training and practical experience provided ‘on-the-job’.

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