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AAT Apprentice Accountant - Graduates Welcome to Apply! Harold Sharp

Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a level 4 AAT apprenticeship with Harold Sharp Limited and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience dealing with bookkeeping, tax returns and liaising with clients on a daily basis.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 13 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Please note the salary for college leaves is £14,000 and the salary for a Graduate is £17,000.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9am - 5.30pm

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Hands on role. On the job training, with constant learning. XERO training and training on other cloud based software's will be provided.
Duties include:

  • Book-keeping.
  • Statutory accounts production.
  • Basic tax computations.
  • Emails and telephone conversations with clients.
  • Working alongside colleagues on specific ad hoc tasks e.g. data manipulation / csvs / inputs.

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

Professional Diploma - AAT Level 4

Professional is the final level, teaching you more complex accounting theory, and lets you choose two specialist subjects. You’ll learn about budgeting, management accounting, preparing financial statements, accounting systems, and tax. This level builds on the knowledge you gained in the Advanced Diploma (Level 3).

After qualifying you can work in accounting roles or progress onto studying chartered accountancy. The course is made up of three mandatory units (also known as subjects), one synoptic unit, and five optional units. You must pass all the mandatory assessments, synoptic assessment, and two optional unit assessments to achieve the qualification.

The areas you will cover include:

  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Professional synoptic assessment (Accounting Systems and Controls)

Optional Units:

  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • External Auditing
  • Cash and Treasury Management
  • Credit Management

The Apprenticeship standard details the essential Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that somebody would need to demonstrate to be successful in this job role, this includes, Business Awareness, Ethics, Communication, Leadership, Planning and Prioritisation and Problem Solving. Apprentices will need to show they are competent in all the areas detailed in the standard when they take End Point Assessment.

The Knowledge areas of the standard will typically be covered through completion of the qualification. Skills and Behaviours are developed through workshops, e-learning, workplace training and practical experience provided ‘on-the-job’.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

We are looking at the next generation to lead our practice. We are looking for quick learners who will be committed, work hard and sail through the ACA exams (school leavers would start with AAT 4 before moving to ACA.
We would expect that post qualification, you would be assigned a small portfolio of your own clients, gradually increasing responsibilities over time to ultimately reach senior management. We have the backing of ETL Group to encourage and assist share ownership for key senior employees who ultimately manage the practice and have a direct stake in its success. Your ACA qualification would see a large increase.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical


A Level or equivalent x3 (Grade A-C) Essential

Things to consider

Benefits include: Free parking available in staff car park. 0-5 years service : 23 days (plus 8 bank holidays). 5-9 years service : 26 days (plus 8 bank holidays). 10+ years : 28 days (plus 8 bank holidays). Pension 5% employer (plus 3% employee). £50 vouchers at Christmas and for your birthday. Fully funded Christmas party! Death in service – 2 times salary. Please note the salary for college leaves is £14,000 and the salary for a Graduate is £17,000.

About the employer

For almost a century, since 1927, we’ve been giving businesses in Manchester, the North West and beyond, the space to turn their boldest ambitions into reality. All that accumulated experience gives us a certain confidence, which is why we didn’t hesitate to embrace cloud software (we’re Xero partners). Clarity is our thing. We’ve never subscribed to the idea that knowledge is power, or that there’s benefit in keeping clients confused.


Harold Sharp


5 Brooklands Place, Brooklands Road



M33 3SD

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Professional accounting or taxation technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply, you must register with GetMyFirstJob and then follow the instructions to complete your application.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 13 Feb 2023