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Accounts Assistant Apprentice West Suffolk College

West Suffolk College are advancing ambitious plans to become a leading vocational and academic college, serving our students outstandingly, and supporting the success of businesses and the regional economy. There is an opportunity for an accounts apprentice to join the team.

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Closing date: 31 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday - Monday - Thursday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    03 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    05 May 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

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 supporting the Finance Assistant for the Bursary, this role will vary during the fixed term contract allowing the opportunity to gain a wide understanding of Finance roles including Cash Book and Sales Ledger.

 Role Responsibilities

Initially your role will support the Bursary and responsibilities will include:

  • 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.

You will also get the opportunity to experience the following roles

Cash book

  • 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

Sales ledger

  • Credit control
  • Input and monitor sales ledger invoices, credit notes and receipts
  • Monitoring DD’s
  • Supporting the Management Accountant

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills


  • Good administrative and record keeping skills
  • Competence in communication and mathematical skills


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

Personal qualities


  • A positive attitude towards ‘the customer’
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to adapt to a changing role in a fast-paced working environment

Desired qualifications

GCSE Grade A*-C/9-4, or equilvalent, in maths and English.

Future prospects

On successful completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship there will be an opportunity to progress to AAT Level 3 and 4.

Things to consider

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 2, 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
  • Salary: £11,853 to £14,342 depending on experience

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.

Conditions of service:

  1. Hours of work: 37 hours per week
  2. New appointments to the College are subject to a twelve month probationary period
  3. Annual leave: 24 days plus statutory days. Flexi time scheme in place
  4. An expectation of personal commitment to achieve an acceptable level of exam and apprenticeship passes
  5. Contributory pension scheme with Suffolk County Council subject to entry conditions
  6. This job description is current at the date shown. It may be changed from time to time in negotiation with the post holder

About the employer

West Suffolk College is one of the country’s leading further education and apprenticeship providers - apprenticeship results have consistently remained above the national average for the past six years.

We have around 11,000 students with nearly 2,000 apprentices studying with us including at the STEM Innovation Campus and Milburn Campus as well as our learning centres including Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Ipswich, Sudbury, Thetford.

We've worked with 998 employers over the last year. A fantastic 97% of students go on to further education, employment or voluntary work.


West Suffolk College


West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate


IP33 3RL

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by West Suffolk College


Julia Rogers

Level 2 Accounts or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Jan 2022