Accounts Assistant Apprentice

Lockwood Haulage Ltd

Based in Sawmills near Belper. We are looking for someone to join a team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate accounting function. A team who work closely, we need someone wishing to work with us in this busy environment. Office based 4 days and training for the AAT Qualification 1 day per week at EMA Training LTD in Heanor.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Weekly wage


Wages explained
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.40 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 £5.55 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £6.95 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

Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm. 30 minutes lunch each day

Total hours per week: 40.00

Apprenticeship duration

18 months

Possible start date

01 Mar 2017

Date posted

30 Jan 2017

Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



1 available

Details of the duties and responsibilities relative to the post, these may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties and responsibilities listed.

  • Process supplier invoices.
  • Supplier statement reconciliation.
  • Answering the telephone and dealing with queries.
  • Shadowing and supporting the accounts team.
  • General office duties including filing, photocopying, scanning, faxing etc.
  • To undertake such other duties as may be determined by your line manager and or Directors.
  • Be aware of all Health and Safety issues relating to the post and ensure compliance with the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and associated procedures and guidance.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The successful candidate will have the essential skills of:

  • Being able to work well in a team.
  • Use your own initiative whilst working – being proactive when dealing with fast moving tasks.
  • Excellent communication.
  • Professional telephone manner.
  • Good written communication skills – letter and email writing.
  • Strong IT skills - especially in the use of Microsoft Excel.



Personal qualities

The successful candidate will have the personal quality of:

Enjoys working in a busy team environment.

Qualifications required

The successful candidate will have the desired qualifications of:

GCSE C or above in English and Maths preferred.

Future prospects

As well as ensuring full competency as an Assistant Accountant, this standard provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths in the Accounting sector including Audit Trainee, Corporate Recovery Analyst, Credit Controller or Tax Accountant

Things to consider

The site is based in Ambergate, which has an intermittent bus service, therefore it is advised that the successful person will have to be able to get themselves to the workplace each day, without relying on the public transport.

About the employer

Operating from a 20-acre site in Derbyshire, our family-owned business is built around solid family values, service excellence, reliability and trust giving customers the confidence they’re looking for in a professional quality logistics partner. Lockwood Haulage thoroughly believe in building long term partnerships with our customers and have a very flexible and honest work ethic, we work hard to make sure our customers have the edge over their own competitors.


Lockwood Haulage Ltd


Ripley Road



DE56 2JR

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Training provider

Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements.

In addition, the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.


Business Awareness: Understands the transactional processes and support provided by accountancy firms or the accounting function within an organisation. Understands their organisations business strategy including customer and supplier needs, to produce relevant and compliant financial information. Is aware of how their role fits in with the wider organisation and sector they are working in.

IT Systems and Processes: Understands how to enter accounting transactions, perform a reconciliation, correct errors and produce a range of reports using a computerised accounting system. Understands the systems and process of the organisation, within the responsibility of the position such as Sales, Purchase and Payroll. Understands the use of all relevant office and accounting packages used within their organisation, relevant to their job role.

Ethical Standards: Understands the relevant Ethical Standards to protect their own and their organisations professional reputation and integrity. Understands the importance of upholding relevant codes of conduct.

Financial Accounting and Reporting: Understands the basic elements of double entry bookkeeping and accounting standards required to process financial documents and report financial information to users of accounts. Understands the current financial standards for basic accounts preparation, in order to be able to make necessary end of year adjustments. Understands what is required to draft final accounts. Understands how to account for the purchase and disposal of non-current assets. Understands the basic tax principles to apply current regulations to calculate VAT and submit a VAT return.

Management Accounting: Understands how to recognise and use different accounting approaches and is able to gather, analyse and report information about income and expenditure to support decision-making, planning and control.


Analysis: Effectively records and analyses financial data at the appropriate level using the organisation’s standard tools and processes. Communicates to all stakeholders to aid decision making to add value to the organisation, within the responsibility of the position.

Communication: Works both independently and as part of a team within the organisation’s standards; competently demonstrates an ability to communicate both in writing and orally at all levels, using a range of tools and demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and cultural awareness when dealing with internal and external customers. Demonstrates the ability to communicate financial information in a way that non-finance staff can interpret and understand. Produces Quality and Accurate Information: Consistently delivers high quality, ‘right first time’ financial and performance data in a timely fashion in line with the organisation’s requirements, to aid decision making and planning.

Uses Systems and Processes Demonstrates: the ability to identify the appropriate systems and processes to work productively to complete required tasks. Demonstrates competent use of office and accounting packages. Able to maintain the security of accounting information using passwords and backup routines.

Problem Solving: Applies techniques to both common and non-routine problems, analysing where required and selecting the appropriate tools and techniques to produce solutions. Escalates or seeks guidance and support where appropriate.


Embracing Change: Accepts changing priorities and working requirements readily and has the flexibility to maintain high standards in a changing environment.

Adding Value: Identifies opportunities to actively engage in the wider business when appropriate. Provides information that positively contributes to influencing business decisions whilst continually striving to improve own working processes and those of the organisation.

Ethics and Integrity: Applies a transparent and objective manner in all actions and interactions to ensure that they meet the ethical requirements of the profession.

Personal Accountability: Takes the initiative for own personal development. Proactively takes responsibility for completing tasks and meeting expectations. Consistently prioritises to achieve timely outcomes.

Productivity: Organises work effectively and achieves required results within deadlines. Performs professionally in pressurised situations and escalates appropriately when necessary.

Team working and Collaboration: Consistently supports colleagues & collaborates to achieve results. Aware of their role within the team & their impact on others.


Apprenticeship standard

Accounting > Assistant Accountant

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by EMA Training


Kerry Spicer-Fox 01773 710310

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2017