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AAT Finance Apprentice Thames Marine Services Ltd

Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a level 2 apprenticeship with Thames Marine Services Ltd and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst working towards the AAT Level 2 qualification.

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Closing date: 30 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    08 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Responsibilities will include:

Purchase Ledger:

  • Updating and maintaining the purchase ledger with all supplier invoices and queries
  • Process invoices, reconciling delivery notes to invoices received and purchase orders
  • Set up new supplier accounts and maintain existing account details within the purchase ledger
  • Monthly reconciliation of supplier statements
  • Daily bank reconciliation
  • Assist in the preparation of purchase summaries
  • Process business expense returns
  • Cashbook and petty cash entries
  • Processing bi-monthly BACS payments

Sales Ledger:

  • Updating and maintaining the sales ledger with all customer invoices and queries
  • Raise invoices and send to the relevant person
  • Set up new customer accounts and maintain existing account details within the sales ledger
  • Liaise with clients in order to collect late payments and resolve any debt issues
  • Keep a record of monies in and invoices paid
  • Ensure invoice information is correct and resolves any issues
  • Ensure VAT is correct and resolve any issues
  • Issuing credit notes if needed
  • Daily bank reconciliation

Other duties:

  • Providing general support to the Office and Crew teams as and when needed
  • Providing holiday cover for all members of the Office Team
  • Providing support to the Office Coordinator

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Mathematical skills
  • Good IT skills especially on Microsoft Office packages
  • Xero accounting package (desired)
  • Bookkeeping experience (desired)
  • Great interpersonal and communications skills
  • Good team working skills
  • An aptitude for IT – knowledge of software packages like Excel, Outlook & Xero

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic about work & studies (especially Finance)
  • Team player, willing to work with the team to reach the goals
  • Ability to work under-pressure and to deadlines
  • The ability to work to monthly deadlines
  • Willing to learn and develop accounting skills

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Future prospects

The company will soon be taking over another company based on the Thames, this may require further need of an apprentice. If the apprentice is successful at level 2 and works well in the company, we would offer a level 3 apprenticeship.

Things to consider

  • 25 days’ annual holiday
  • Defined-contribution pension available
  • Parking available

About the employer

Provide fuelling and engineering services on the River Thames.


Thames Marine Services Ltd


Hare & Billet Road



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Training provider

Kaplan Financial

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Kaplan


Olivia Cotterell

Level 2 Accounts or Finance Assistant apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Foundation Certificate - AAT Level 2

Foundation covers the basic principles of accountancy and is your starting point if you’ve never studied accountancy before. You’ll learn the basic principles of accountancy, such as double-entry bookkeeping, costing and preparing financial statements, as well as how to use accountancy software.

This level is ideal if you’re new to accountancy and finance, have previously worked in an accounts department, or are looking to change your career into accountancy.

To pass this level, you'll be examined on five units (also known as subjects), of which one includes the synoptic assessment. This tests the knowledge you have gained throughout the level, covering multiple (but not all) units. All assessments are computer-based exams (CBE).

The area you will cover include:

  • Bookkeeping transactions
  • Bookkeeping controls
  • Elements of costing
  • Using accounting software
  • Foundation Synoptic Assessment

The apprenticeship standard details the essential Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that somebody would need to demonstrate to be a successful Accounts/Finance Assistant, this includes, General Business, Ethical Standards, Communication, Attention to Detail and Professionalism. 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 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’

Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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