Apprentice Finance / Accounts Assistant Boxwell Chartered Accountants

You will support managers and other senior staff in accounting and bookkeeping functions, including assisting the existing payroll team and getting involved in performing day to day bookkeeping transactions, gaining the experience and knowledge to progress through the AAT qualifications and then onto chartered training.

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Closing date: 14 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay will be reviewed following a successful probationary period.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, excluding bank holidays, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 36.25

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    28 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    03 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As an Apprentice Finance / Accounts Assistant you will work as part of a team assisting with clients’ accounting needs.

This position involves a number of different aspects including:

  • Preparing financial statements for limited companies, partnerships and sole traders
  • Preparing tax computations
  • Providing bookkeeping services
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Filing Companies House and H M Revenue & Customs documents on client's behalf
  • Providing general administrative support for the directors
  • Providing occasional cover on payroll support

Assignments will be undertaken both in the office and at client's premises. Apprentices will have support and on-the-job training from managers and other senior staff.

During your training you will be expected to develop an understanding of the practical issues involved in delivering a high quality service to clients.

Both practical and theoretical training will be undertaken, with an aim to becoming a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

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

You will undertake the “Accounts / Finance Assistant” Apprenticeship (an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Accounting), with full support from Accountancy Learning as part of their Flexible Apprenticeship Programme.

Assessment will be by an “End Point Assessment”, which will include the following two elements:

  • A structured interview. This will consist of 10 questions asked by an AAT Independent Assessor. It will last 60 minutes and will be performed remotely via the AAT on-line video portal. The questions will allowing you 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 to support your answers to these 10 questions.
  • An In-tray Test. This will be undertaken under exam conditions and will last 105 minutes. It will be based on what you have studied in your AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. 

Successful completion of the AAT (Level 2) Foundation Certificate in Accounting is a mandatory element of the Accounts / Finance Assistant Apprenticeship. Your apprenticeship will therefore include formal studies towards this qualification. It is anticipated that your apprenticeship duration will be for 15 months, although earlier completion is possible, provided the duration exceeds one year and a week.

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.

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

IT skills, Number skills, Literacy skills, General interest in business, Willingness to learn


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

About the employer

Established by Duncan Boxwell in 1976, the firm has developed and evolved over the years to the boutique firm it is today catering for all your business, compliance and tax needs. Whilst we continue to embrace cutting edge technology, we always make it our business to know yours and develop yours. Accounting and tax remain at the heart of what we do but the varied skillsets of our people, innovative technologies, efficient processes and our purpose-led approach will provide your business with a unique competitive advantage. As well as acting for UK businesses and individuals, our diverse and dynamic team invest in working relationships with our international client base through continuous collaboration and sustainable growth.


Boxwell Chartered Accountants






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Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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