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Finance Apprentice (Completing Level 2 Accounts or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Standard) WATERMILL THEATRE LTD

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the team at the Watermill Theatre! Working as part of a small team, you will be trained to assist in the general finances for the theatre whilst learning how the theatre runs. This will include dealing with the daily takings from the theatre and restaurant as well as processing purchase invoices for payment.

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Closing date: 29 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,004.80 to £19,760.00

    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

    40 hour week. Monday - Friday (specific times to be agreed with the successful candidate).

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    13 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    01 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Following on the job training your principal duties will include:

  • Daily tasks: Processing of purchase invoices, bank transactions and takings from Front of House, Box Office and the Restaurant. 
  • Weekly tasks: Banking of cheques and cash, reconciliation of takings and petty cash reconciliation. 
  • Monthly tasks: Report running and control account reconciliations. 


As well as working with the theatre team, you will also be in regular contact with your Development Coach from college who will monitor your progress and support you through your Apprenticeship. You will have an ePortfolio to upload work to and your Development Coach will hold regular reviews with you, and will visit you in the workplace. You will be required to attend Newbury College one day a week for the Accountancy qualification part of your Apprenticeship. 

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

You will be completing the Level 2 Accounts or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Standard. 

You will receive in house and Apprenticeship training so that you can confidently demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and behaviours by the end of your Apprenticeship: 


  • General business
  • Understanding your organisation
  • Accounting systems and processes
  • Basic accounting
  • Ethical standards



  • Attention to detail 
  • Communication
  • Uses systems and processes 
  • Personal effectiveness



  • Team work
  • Personal development
  • Professionalism 
  • Customer focus


The majority of your training will take place in the workplace. You will be required to attend Newbury College, Berkshire one day (Term Time only) a week for your Accountancy classes. If you are required to take Functional Skills English and/or Maths these classes will be in addition to your Accountancy lessons. 

You will have regular reviews with your Development Coach and these will either be held remotely or at your workplace. At the end of your Apprenticeship you will be required to take an End Point Assessment to show your competency in the above Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.  

By the end of your Apprenticeship, you will have completed the Level 2 Accounts or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Standard. As part of this, you will also achieve an AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2).   

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The role may lead to permanent employment and/or further training for the right candidate on completion of the Apprenticeship. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Strong writing skills, Good verbal communicator, Excellent interpersonal skills, Sound numeracy skills, Able to plan things carefully, Self motivated, IT literate


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Desired

About the employer

The Watermill Theatre has a reputation as one of the very best producing theatres in the country, producing award-winning work that has been recognised throughout the UK and abroad. Set in a small picturesque village on the outskirts of Newbury, our purpose is to create great shows that audiences love. Alongside our main productions we run a thriving education and participation programme which works with around 19,000 people every year at The Watermill and in the wider community.







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Training provider



The Apprenticeship Team

01635 845229

Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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