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AAT Apprentice Simmons Gainsford Group

Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a level 3 apprenticeship with Simmons Gainsford Group and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst working towards the AAT Level 3 qualification.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £19,500.00 - £22,000.00

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    14 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Draft and prepare client accounts/statutory accounts of partnerships and LLPs along with Tax computations
  • Assist and participate in audit assignments at client sites
  • Draft quarterly VAT returns and Corporation Tax returns (CT600)
  • Draft reports covering financial statements, client business issues, systems and controls
  • Prepare management accounts
  • Liaise closely with clients and other stakeholders, keeping the relevant manager/supervisor informed of developments
  • Preparation of P11d’s for review by senior members of the team
  • Analyse client records
  • Draft and prepare client accounts
  • Draft client tax computations
  • Assist and participate in audit assignments at client sites
  • Prepare final accounts packs to send to clients
  • Tag clients accounts and tax computations for submission to Company House and HMRC
  • Liaise closely with clients and other stakeholders. Keep the relevant manager/supervisor informed of developments

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Working knowledge of Excel

Personal qualities

  • Hardworking
  • Adaptable
  • Team working skills

Desired qualifications

  • Numerate and analytical with excellent written and verbal communication skills (GCSE or equivalent Maths and English grades 5 to 9/ C+ to A*)
  • A Levels or equivalent


Future prospects

  • Opportunities within the company can be discussed upon completion of the apprenticeship

Things to consider


  • Employer is open to a Level 3 or Level 4 candidate

About the employer

At Simmons Gainsford Group we offer problem solving skills and lateral thinking that will make a positive contribution to the success of your business. Our knowledge and experience allows us to offer you a complete package of advice you need. We offer inspiration and guidance, taking a proactive approach, working with our clients to help them attain their goals. You’ll find an entrepreneurial spirit and energy – both essential in helping to drive your business forward. Our clients are our greatest asset and so we treat them with the care and attention they deserve, providing direct access to partners on an ongoing basis. Our clients range from owner managed businesses to PLCs. Whatever the size or sector of our clients, we ensure they benefit from the personal attention and expert service that has become our hallmark. As a member of Holborn Accountancy Training (HAT), one of the country’s leading training and technical organisations, we are able to draw on their vast resources and technical expertise to provide clients with the best advice and opinion.


Simmons Gainsford Group


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Training provider

Kaplan Financial

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Kaplan


Olivia Cotterell

Advanced Diploma - AAT Level 3

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:

  • 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’.

Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

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