This apprenticeship is designed as an entry level role into the accountancy profession and can lead into a variety of careers with supporting professional qualifications. The apprentice will develop skills in bookkeeping, cost accounting and the preparation of reports and returns. Students will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices. This programme also develops software skills through using accounting software and spreadsheet training for accounting.
An assistant accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practise or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation.
Apprentices must have access to real work that is valid and productive, providing opportunities to develop, practice and evidence knowledge and skills that have been learned. The employer is expected to provide and support the opportunity for off-the-job training for a minimum 20% of the apprentices working time. Defined as technical and knowledge development, this type of learning is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. It can include activities such as; online learning, mentoring, role play, attendance to competitions and events, or revision and assignments set as homework.