Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprentice Bishop Milner Catholic College

To undertake finance duties as part of the central services team. To provide assistance with day to day financial and operational administration of a group of schools with the potential to grow, reporting to the Chief Finance Officer.

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Closing date: 08 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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 to Thursday 8:30am to 4:30pm (30 minutes lunch). Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm (30 minutes lunch).

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The post holder will be expected to provide an efficient, effective and compliant service ensuring that the highest standards are achieved at all times. The post holder is required to be flexible in their approach to work, with a positive attitude and work with honesty, confidentiality and integrity whilst carrying out their duties at all times.

Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to, those outlined in this job description. This job description may be modified by the Board of Directors, to reflect or anticipate changes in the role, commensurate with the salary and job title.

  • Ensure that adequate financial systems and procedures are in place in line with Audit requirements; the relevant financial management policies and Academies Handbook and value for money objectives.
  • Work within prescribed financial regulations and ensure budget holders compliance.
  • Setting of schools’ budgets, monitoring income and expenditure, projected outturns and 3/5 year plans prior to approval by the Chief Finance Officer.
  • Assist the Senior Operations Manager in the preparation of all financial returns for the ESFA and other Government agencies within statutory guidelines.
  • Be supportive of the audit process that any school/college within the MAC is required to undergo.
  • To provide salary information as requested for the preparation of the annual accounts and audit.
  • Take an active role in the facilitation of audit inspections on at least an annual basis.
  • Ensure that your group of schools are in receipt of all funds and income streams that it is entitled to.
  • To authorise all orders and invoices on the finance system for all schools, ensuring financial procedures have been adhered to.
  • To use the identified finance software and ensure it is fit for purpose.
  • Monitoring internal budget holders and ensuring that budgetary control is maintained.
  • Provide budget holders with a termly report for their current budgetary position.
  • Enter approved and revised budgets onto the finance system when required.
  • To ensure the control and co-ordination of purchasing and servicing arrangements within the schools including quotations, tenders, orders, liaison with suppliers and advise on procedures working with the Senior Operations Manager.
  • Prepare and deliver all school financial reports for MAC schools and their committees, support the Senior Operations Manager in reporting to the Board of Directors, developing the suite of reports to suit the changing needs of the MAC. This should include additional grants received, SEN notional budget analysis and Pupil Premium analysis.
  • Checking payroll for all schools prior to payments being made.
  • Have responsibility for preparing and entering the payroll journals for all schools onto the finance system within the deadline.
  • Provide the Senior Operations Manager with the salary figures on a monthly basis for intercompany trading to enable bank transfers to be processed in a timely manner.
  • To work with and support the process of management accounts, this includes accruals and month-end processing month-end journals on the finance system.
  • To assist the Senior Operations Manager with the preparation of the Fixed Asset Register when required.

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

Level 3 Assistant Accountant Appenticeship Standard

Full training will be provided on an ongoing daily basis and when required. You will be required to attend Dudley College, Broadway Campus, Dudley one day per week to work towards your qualification. An assessor will be allocated to you to progress/help you through you course. Continual assessment for NVQ’s coupled with assignments/or exams depending on course of study. Time spent training will be part of the agreed contracted hours of the working week.

At the end of your training you will sit an exam and submit course work as part of your assessment, and you will receive a Level 3 qualification on completion.

Apprentices without English or maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The possibility of a full-time position after the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Initiative, Reliable, Friendly, Able to prioritise workload, Flexible, Hands-on approach


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
Other Accounts/Finance (Grade Level 2) Essential

Things to consider

DBS Check will be required. Apprentice must be supportive of our Christian ethos. Apprentice must maintain high professional standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance, conduct and positive, courteous relations with students, parents and colleagues. Apprentice must support and contribute to the safeguarding of students.

About the employer

We are a Catholic Multi Academy of eight schools across Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham and Walsall. Bishop Milner is an 11-18 Catholic College and part of the St John Bosco Catholic Academy. We provide high quality teaching and learning in a modern environment where the traditional Christian values of love, care and respect are always in evidence. Every child irrespective of their faith background is nurtured and valued, thereby ensuring real progress in their academic, personal and spiritual development. This is underpinned by our motto ‘Developing our God given talents.’


Bishop Milner Catholic College


Burton Road



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Training provider



Julie Perks

01384 363314

Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

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