The post holder works within the Finance Department; providing key operational support in the financial management of the organisation with responsibility for assisting the Finance Manager in managing financial systems, processes and procedures. The post holder is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of accurate financial schedules.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    (10am – 3pm Mon-Fri in the office, with one full day release for AAT studies during term time – a full week’s attendance in the office is required during college holidays).

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    06 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Day to day duties will include:

  • Processing of all accounting transactions into the accounting system (tba, likely to be XERO)
  • Processing supplier invoices & payments
  • Maintaining purchase order system
  • Raising sales invoices
  • Monitoring Housing Benefit income
  • First stage credit control via email
  • Cashbook versus bank reconciliation
  • Matching online order paperwork to valid VAT receipts
  • Processing expenses claims
  • Preparation of input schedules for VAT returns
  • Processing petty cash claims and floats
  • Financial record keeping to auditable standards
  • Administer bookings for room hire
  • Attend such meetings as may be required
  • Contribute ideas for process improvement
  • Undertake other duties as requested by your line manager that contribute to Changes strategy

The post holder provides a crucial internal service and the role involves regular contact with staff at all levels and funding organisations and suppliers.

This post regularly involves dealing with confidential staff, service user and company information and discretion is very important.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ambitious, articulate, conscientious and professional attitude
  • Strong communication skills and a confident manner
  • Flexible, practical approach to meeting the organisation’s needs
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and within a team
  • Good organisational and time management skills; able to prioritise workloads effectively, meet deadlines and monitor the outcomes
  • Ability to pay keen attention to detail and demonstrate a meticulous approach

Personal qualities

  • Be enthusiastic about Birmingham & the Black Country and its rich landscape
  • A genuine commitment to the principles and aims of the organisation

Qualifications required

AAT Level 2 required plus GCSE grade C and above in English and maths. If candidates do not hold Level 2 AAT they will be required to do an introductory course at the college prior to starting the Level 3 course.

Future prospects

A permanent position is available at the end of the apprenticeship for the right candidate.

Things to consider

As part of this apprenticeship, you will be required to travel to both the employer location and also attend college. Please ensure that you have researched your travel arrangements and are happy with the time it will take and distance required to travel, before you apply for this vacancy.

About the employer

Since its inception almost a decade ago, Changes has been developing and delivering innovative, person-centred support for people seeking abstinent recovery from drugs and/or alcohol. Our approach to recovery has been developed by service users and is peer led - in other words, people who have lived experience of achieving and maintaining recovery lead the way and provide the support that service users need. We understand that abstaining from drugs and alcohol is just the beginning of building a new life free from addiction; therefore Changes provides services that support the whole recovery journey - from dependence to independence. We provide a detox service, community based rehabilitation, supported and move on housing and opportunities to gain accredited qualifications, volunteering and work experience. Service users at the beginning of their recovery journey are supported 24 hours a day by qualified staff and our specially trained volunteer peer mentors. Changes staff and volunteers are passionate people - we all consider it a privilege to work with people in recovery - and we know that we can help those looking for a new life beyond drugs and alcohol.





Allcock Street


B9 4DY

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Training provider

  • A competence based qualification i.e. NVQ/QCF.
  • A knowledge based qualification i.e. Technical Certificate.
  • Key or Functional Skills (if required).
  • Employer Rights & Responsibilities.
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

Apprenticeship standard

Accounting > Assistant Accountant

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Birmingham Metropolitan College


Samina Shafieq 0121 362 1122

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017