Accounts Apprentice (Level 3) PKF Smith Cooper

Are you looking to kick-start your career in Accountancy with a company that will invest in you and reward hard work? Multi-award winning, Top 11 firm, PKF Smith Cooper has a great opportunity for an Accounts Apprentice to join their highly regarded team in Ashbourne. The role will involve bookkeeping for clients, accounts preparation and more...

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Closing date: 23 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary regularly reviewed throughout apprenticeship and increased on the successful passing of each examination.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8:45am till 5:15pm, with a 1-hour lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    03 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Assisting the accounts team with preparation of statutory accounts for sole traders, partnerships, and companies
  • Assisting in the completion of bookkeeping with a view to producing regular management accounts for clients
  • Assisting with the preparation of VAT returns and payrolls to ensure that timetables are met
  • Assisting other members of the accounts team with administration tasks as required
  • Maintaining good relationships with clients

The list of duties above is not intended to be exhaustive but gives a general indication of the tasks involved for this position. It is the nature of the Firm that tasks and responsibilities are in many circumstances unpredictable and varied.

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:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions (L2 Unit)
  • Bookkeeping Controls (L2 Unit)
  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon completion of your Level 3 Apprenticeship, PKF Smith Cooper will look to progress you onto Level 4 so you can be fully AAT qualified. There will then be further opportunities for you to complete higher level accountancy accreditations within the workplace.

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, Patience


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSE including English and Maths (Grade C/4, above or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

At PKF Smith Cooper, you will enjoy an inspiring company culture, productive work environment and regular social events. These include annual company-wide summer socials, departmental social events, access to sports teams, walking challenges, and our newest book club to name but a few.

About the employer

Our company culture, built on our values – Engage, Empower and Excel – encourages initiative, personal growth, and collaboration. Every team member is appreciated and celebrated; a notion embodied in our Kudos Reward Scheme. The firm’s Partners, who remain actively invested in the development of employees, will both support and champion your professional development and progression. We work with ambitious businesses of different sizes across a variety of sectors, so no two jobs are the same. We are a multi-award-winning accountancy and business advisory firm in the Accountancy Age Top 11.


PKF Smith Cooper


7 Compton Street



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Training provider



Sehrish Siddiq

Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

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