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Accounts and Finance Assistant Apprentice SOMERSET ROAD EDUCATION TRUST

The Accounts and Finance Assistant Apprenticeship is a key support role that underpins our financial operations, ensuring that processing is kept up to date and that records are accurately recorded. You will have exposure to several elements of the School and work across varied accounts and projects.

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Closing date: 28 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Actual Salary: pro rated for Term time only plus 2 weeks £7,676.88 to £15,161.84 (£4.81 to £9.50 per hour) To be agreed depending on age and experience.

  • Working week

    Monday: 8.30am - 4:00pm Tuesday: 8.30am - 4:00pm Wednesday: 8.30am - 4:00pm Thursday: 8.30am - 4:00pm Friday: 8.30am - 4:00pm Half an hour unpaid lunch break 35 - (Term time only plus 2 weeks)

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    21 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Assist with processing of all purchase orders across the trust, ensuring delivery from external suppliers and that delivery notes match and are accurately recorded within the management information system.
  •  Assist with the processing of on-line ordering for each of the schools and ensuring prompt delivery of such.
  • Assist with checking goods received, reconciling to orders and resolving any resulting issues or queries with the supplier.
  • Assist with the central dispatch of all client invoices processed in a timely fashion for any income due to the schools and for outreach work completed.
  •  Assist with the weekly/monthly reconciliation of credit card statements across the schools within the Trust.
  • Assist with the reconciliation of supplier statements prior to payment, investigating and resolving any discrepancies.
  • Assist with the reconciliation of payroll across the Trust and the posting of journals in this connection.
  • Provide cover for the daily desk when necessary within the schools.
  •  Assist with filing of financial records and aid with the preparation of audit preparation files/information for internal scrutiny & external audit.
  • Deal with stakeholder phone and email queries courteously, professionally and in a timely manner.  Assisting with returns that have a financial impact such as staff sickness, supply insurance etc.
  • Assist with a range of office, administrative and ad-hoc finance related tasks as required.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 2 Accounts Assistant Apprenticeship standard with an additional AAT level 2 qualification.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A future position will be available to the right candidate with the option of progression onto level 3 or 4 Accountancy on completion of your apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Hardworking and reliable, Good time management, Able to meet deadlines, Excellent attention to detail, Aptitude to learn, Can do attitude


GCSE or equivalent 3 Other Subjects (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

The wage for this position is dependent on your age and will be on a scale from 16yrs old to 23yrs+. An Enhanced DBS criminal background check will be carried out on the successful candidate. Commitment, reliability, confidentiality and punctuality is critical in a school environment.

About the employer

Somerset Road Education Trust is a Multi Academy Trust based in Salisbury. It is made up of three schools in all – Exeter House Special School, St Mark’s C of E Junior School and Wyndham Park Infant School. It is a MAT where community and inclusion is key.




Exeter House Somerset Road



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Training provider



Wiltshire College and University Centre Apprenticeship Team


Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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