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The Directors of Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust wish to appoint a Finance Assistant starting at Level 2, based at St John's School & Sixth Form College in Bishop Auckland.

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Closing date: 26 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,254.44 to £18,278.00

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday-Friday, 8.30am 4.30pm although these hours can be flexible.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    21 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is an exciting time to join the Trust as it completes a period of rapid growth. We wish to recruit an Apprentice, based at St John's School & Sixth Form College in Bishop Auckland. 

We are looking to appoint enthusiastic financial administrators who would relish the opportunity to work in our Trust as a member of our finance team working closely with Central Services colleagues and School based administrators across the Trust. The successful candidates will be joining a Trust which is committed to supporting students to achieve the very best outcomes. Your main areas of focus will be supporting the financial aspects of operating a large organisation, including processing orders and invoices, undertaking bank and credit card reconciliations, updating and transferring data and other finance administration tasks. 

  • Provide financial support to St John's School & Sixth Form College
  • Undertake typing, word processing and other IT based tasks

Detailed Duties/Responsibilities

  • Undertake processing of orders, delivery notes, invoices, banking, maintaining supplier records, finance administration, bank and credit card reconciliations, transfer and input of financial data form records and spreadsheets.
  • Operate relevant equipment/ICT packages (e.g. Iris Financials, Excel, Tucasi, Orovia, Online Payments,).
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Be aware of and comply with the Trust’s Finance Policy, Funding Agreement, EFA Guidance, Audit Recommendations and any other relevant documentation pertaining at the time.
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure equal opportunities for all.
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the Trust.
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals.
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • The post holder must carry out his/her duties with full regard to the public sector equality duty in terms of employment and service delivery to ensure that colleagues are treated, and services delivered in a fair and consistent manner.
  • To comply with health and safety policy and systems, report any incidents/accidents/hazards and take pro-active approach to health and safety matters in order to protect both yourself and others.
  • Any other duties of a similar nature related to the post which may be required from time to time. 

Personal qualities:

  • Diligent
  • Punctual
  • Professional approach to working with colleagues


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

Accounts or Finance Assistant Level 2

Apprentices will be required to take one of the professional qualifications listed below, as chosen by the employer to be most relevant to the job role:

  • AAT Foundation certificate in accounting (Level 2)
  • ACCA Certificate in financial and management accounting (level 2)
  • IAB Level 2 certificate in bookkeeping
  • ICB Level 2 certificate in bookkeeping

Location: Bisop Auckland

Including one day release for study at Darlington College (Day/Times TBC)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Once the qualification is completed there may be opportunity to secure long-term employment along with progression within the Trust.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Good English language skills, Methodical approach to tasks


GCSE or equivalent Minimum 6 GCSE's including Maths & English (Grade 9 - 5 or equivalent) Essential
A Level or equivalent Mathematics (Grade A*-C) Desired

Things to consider

Whilst your role will be to work predominantly with the finance team it is essential that you have a hands on approach and are therefore happy to support other team members with different tasks and duties as and when required. Willingness to support the Christian ethos of the Trust.

About the employer

Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust has overarching accountability and governance of 35 academies in the Darlington, Stockton, Billingham, Hartlepool and Durham areas. All members benefit from the strong ethos and quality governance. Research School status and strong links with the Department for Education means that professional development of staff is central to the work of the Trust. Being members of the trust has formalised the collaboration between schools sharing a vision to provide the best possible outcomes for all our children. This is an exciting time for all the schools involved and we provide a wealth of opportunities for students and staff across the Trust.




St John's Catholic School & Sixth Form College

Woodhouse Lane

Bishop Auckland

DL14 6JT

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Training provider



Paul Clark

Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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