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Apprentice Accountant MESSRS BOURNE & CO

Looking to develop a career in accountancy? Due to continued growth, accounts practice Bourne & Co are looking to add another apprentice to the team. Based at the Derby branch, you will learn the art of bookkeeping and bank reconciliations, whilst also assisting with the preparation of tax & VAT returns and learning how to use accountancy software.

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Closing date: 09 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 37.5 hours per week (Flexible between 8am & 5pm - TBC)

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    20 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Typical duties will include:

  • Assist with the preparation of tax & VAT returns
  • Assist in preparation of Limited Company & Sole Trader accounts
  • Bookkeeping for clients (processing invoices, recording receipts, bank reconciliations)
  • Deal with company secretarial, confirmation statements & Companies House form
  • Deal with general client queries to either conclusion or the point of escalation
  • General financial & administrative tasks

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

The Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship standard includes 6 AAT exams, in addition to the Synoptic Assessment as part of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) process.

The knowledge units will be delivered at the EMA training hub in Derby or Nottingham (depending on apprentices’ location) through day release.

AAT Modules are as follows:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping (L2 Unit)
  • Principles of Bookkeeping (L2 Unit)
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Business Awareness
  • Tax Processes for Business

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There is a full-time opportunity available at the end of the apprenticeship for someone who can demonstrate competence within accountancy, in addition to showing initiative and a willingness to learn. You will naturally progress onto the Professional Accounting Technician Level 4 apprenticeship before agreeing a pathway to becoming a chartered accountant (Level 7).

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C) Essential

Things to consider

Good central location with free staff parking spaces. Excellent public transport links. 23 days + bank holidays. Paid Christmas parties. Opportunity for early finish on a Friday. Vibrant and fun work environment. Good balance of experience and junior staff. Good company culture with opportunities for flexible working.

About the employer

Established in 1924, Bourne & Co opened its first office in Burton-on-Trent, and quickly built an enviable reputation for supplying clients with quality accountancy advice and friendly customer service. In 1982, Bourne & Co opened its Derby office, following the acquisition of accountancy practice Pearce & Jackson. Bourne & Co has built and maintained excellent working relationships with many professional firms over the years, including solicitors, banks and financial advisers.




3 Charnwood Street



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Training provider



Hannah Johnson

Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

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