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Apprentice Bookkeeping and Payroll Assistant MARK LAWSON & CO LTD

This is a great opportunity to start your career in Accountancy and will cover a range of accounting and bookkeeping functions, including assisting the existing payroll team and getting involved in performing day to day bookkeeping transactions for clients and drafting their VAT returns.

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Closing date: 22 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,254.44 to £18,278.00

    Wage will be negotiable depending on experience.

    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 to Thursday – 8.30 am – 5.00 pm. Friday 8.30am to 1.30 pm.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

A broad range of accounting and finance tasks will be undertaken providing experience across our activities. Tasks at some point would include:

· Data entry for the weekly and monthly client payrolls

· Processing purchase Ledger invoices

· Supplier payments

· Reconciling suppler statements

· Maintaining supplier records

· Sales invoicing

· Credit control

· Maintaining customer records

· Processing company credit card statements

· Processing staff expenses

· Matching the bank feeds

· Month-end journals

· Dealing with intercompany management charges

· Understanding the various accounting software in use

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

You will undertake the “Accounts / Finance Assistant” Apprenticeship (an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Accounting), with full support from Accountancy Learning as part of their Apprenticeship Programme.

Assessment will be by an “End Point Assessment”, which will include the following two elements:

  • A Structured Interview. This will consist of 10 questions asked by an AAT Independent Assessor. It will last 60 minutes and will be performed remotely via the AAT on-line video portal. The questions will allowing you to display the knowledge and experience you have obtained over your apprenticeship. You will build a Portfolio of reflections and product evidence that will be used to support your answers to these 10 questions.
  • An In-tray Test. This will be undertaken under exam conditions and will last 105 minutes. It will be based on what you have studied in your AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting.

Successful completion of the AAT (Level 2) Foundation Certificate in Accounting is a mandatory element of the Accounts / Finance Assistant Apprenticeship. Your Apprenticeship will therefore include formal studies towards this qualification. It is anticipated that your apprenticeship duration will be for 15 months, although earlier completion is possible, provided the duration exceeds one year and a week.

You will receive support from both the employer, and the training provider, to complete and achieve your Apprenticeship and will be given time to study during the week on a day release basis. As you are working towards a professional qualification, it is also expected that you will continue your studies outside of normal office hours.

As you learn more in both the office and in your studies your responsibilities, and the variety of tasks you undertake, are expected to increase.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

We see this position as a stepping stone for an ambitious candidate to kick start their career in the accountancy profession.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Excel Skills, Flexible


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 9-5 (A-C)) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any (Grade A-C) Essential

About the employer

A small and friendly firm of established Plymouth accountants who specialise in helping small and medium businesses increase profits and cash flow. Xero partners who keep up to date with latest technologies.








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Training provider




01392 435 349

Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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