Finance Assistant Apprentice Blenheim Estate

Working in the Finance department you will be an assistant to the sales ledger team, purchase ledger team, cashier and management accounts team. Whilst you do not need previous accounting experience, preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in accountancy.

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Closing date: 19 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary will increase depending on the age of the candidate.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    31 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    11 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Scanning/uploading purchase invoices to the approval system
  • Assisting purchase ledger with supplier queries and reconciling
    supplier statements - requesting copy invoices where needed
  • Collecting and organising data and data entry for the sales ledger
  • Raising sales invoices
  • Assisting sales ledger with chasing debt
  • Assisting with customer account applications and direct debit
  • Assisting cashier
  • Helping the finance team with additional ad hoc queries and reporting
  • e-filing Finance Documents
  • Cash remittances – Halloween and Christmas

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


  • 13 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

  • Work-based training with your employer
  • Day release during term time (approximately 1 day a week or 2 evenings for a year)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
  • Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  • Level 2 Accountants or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship

End Point Assessment:

  • In-tray test
  • Portfolio
  • Structured Interview

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Further career and development prospects would be offered to the correct candidate if suitable. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 4 GCSEs, including English and maths (Grade A*- C / 9 - 4) Essential

Things to consider

Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early. Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session: Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session at Witney or Abingdon campus. This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to any apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for your questions. As a new Apprenticeship applicant you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session please call us on 01235 216216. Qualification checks: By applying for this vacancy you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications. We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £5.28 per hour from April 2023 but many employers pay more than this. This applies to 16 - 18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over during the first year of their apprenticeship. After this, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Wage for apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

At Blenheim, we are passionate about providing an environment for our employees to develop their skills, try new ways of learning and encouraging their talents to flourish. Our Blenheim Behaviours are shared by all and are an important aspect of joining the Blenheim Team. • Relish a New Challenge Everyday • Keep Our Promises • Show Honesty with Kindness • Share a Sense of Belonging • Make History


Blenheim Estate


The Estate Office

Blenheim Palace


OX20 1PP

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Training provider



Joshua Harris


Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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