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Apprentice Corporate Accountant BUSH AND CO LIMITED

To support the Manager as part of a team on the delivery of Bush & Co Limited’s general accounting function, executing the account’s preparation, and audit services for a range of clients. To support the team in carrying out the responsibilities of the accounting department.

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Closing date: 17 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established firm and begin your accountancy career. You’ll receive training throughout your study contract & beyond and from day one you will be a valued member of the team.

The varied nature of our clients will mean that you will be constantly challenged and continually gaining valuable experience.

You will join an expert team of Audit & Accounting staff responsible for a broad client base. Most of your time will be spent assisting clients with their various compliance tasks such as auditing services, VAT returns, accounts, tax returns, etc. There will be times when travel to clients is required.

Tasks include:

  • Assist with audit assignments
  • Preparation of unincorporated & company accounts
  • Prepare analysis of accounts
  • Monthly closings and preparation of monthly financial statements
  • Reconcile and maintain balance sheet accounts
  • Draw up financial reports
  • Assist with year-end closings
  • Prepare tax computations and returns
  • Assist in preparing budgets and forecasts
  • Review and process expense reports

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

  • You will undertake the “Assistant Accountant” Apprenticeship (an Advanced Apprenticeship in Accounting), with full support from Accountancy Learning as part of their Flexible Apprenticeship Programme

Assessment will be by an “End Point Assessment” and will be graded “Pass” or “Distinction”. This will include two elements:

  • A Professional Discussion. This will include a series of questions allowing you to 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 for discussion points in the PD.
  • A Synoptic Exam. This will include elements you have learnt throughout your studies of the individual AAT Units and this will contribute towards your end grade.  

You will be prepared for both of these elements by undertaking studies for the AAT (Level 3) Advanced Diploma in Accounting. These will underpin both elements of your “end point assessment”. As such, it is anticipated that your apprenticeship duration will be for 15-18 months although earlier completion is possible, provided the duration exceeds one year and a week. Those with no prior accounting knowledge may need to also complete the Bookkeeping units of AAT Level 2.

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.

Those with previous relevant qualification and experience may be considered for a Higher Apprenticeship undertaking the Professional Accountant Standard.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • It is expected that you will stay with the company following successful completion of your apprenticeship to undertake further qualifications and increase your responsibility in the office

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Accuracy


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including English & Maths (Grade 9-5 (A* - C)) Essential
A Level or equivalent 2 subjects (Grade A - C) Essential

Things to consider

There will be times when travel to clients is required.

About the employer

We are a firm of accountants and tax advisors operating from our office in the centre of Exeter. We have been advising clients since 1955. We are proud to have worked with local businesses, families, and individuals throughout our 65 years. Although our team has grown in recent years, client care remains core to the services we deliver. As a firm, we have tried to ensure that we continually work with our teams to ensure the best outcomes for team members and clients alike. We believe in a strong team culture. Our accounts teams ensure the client’s needs are met in relation to their accounts and tax returns. These range from sole traders to medium-sized group accounts & include both income tax as well as corporation tax. With a large array of clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals to medium-sized companies, there is a good variety of work and challenges to deal with.







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Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

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