Derby based Accountants & Business Advisors, Bates Weston are recruiting two apprentice accountants to assist in managing their client’s day to day accounting and finance requirements. Confidentiality, excellent organisational skills and accuracy are important for this position, as well as good client relations and the ability to communicate clearly.

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Closing date: 10 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £14,000-£19,000 per annum, dependant upon experience

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, exact shifts to be communicated, flexible start/finish times

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • All aspects of bookkeeping processes for clients
  • Preparation of VAT returns, reconciliation of control accounts and preparation of management accounts as required
  • Dealing with client queries in an efficient and professional manner
  • Effective communication both internally and externally on all information exchange systems
  • Ensuring a high level of customer service is provided to all clients
  • Actively work as part of the team
  • Undertaking administration and support duties as necessary

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 and progression to Level 4 for someone who can demonstrate technical competence, initiative and a willingness to learn along the way.

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


GCSE or equivalent English Language/Literature (Grade 5 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 5 or above) Essential

Things to consider

A competitive salary package is available to the successful candidate, with an excellent range of benefits, including 24 days holiday (+ bank hols), auto-enrolment pension, life assurance, discounted parking permits, social committee to organise regular events, paid volunteering days and flexitime.

About the employer

Bates Weston is a progressive firm of business advisors and chartered accountants with an extensive team of specialists operating under one roof. The firm provides services to the full spectrum of clients from corporate groups and owner-managers to the charities sector and private individuals. Our aim is to help our clients achieve their long term personal and commercial goals by providing one balanced central source of advice.








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Training provider



Abby Maddison

Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

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