Percy Hedley Foundation are seeking a hardworking Level 2 Accounts Assistant Apprentice to join their team. The successful candidate will support with invoices, admin, ledger enquiries and more. You will also assist the Business Partners in delivering excellent finance services across all of the Percy Hedley Foundation, ensuring an ethic of customer service in all our work.

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Closing date: 10 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, Times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 39.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    06 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To support the finance reporting team in the raising of regular and ad hoc invoices for services provided by the Foundation, as allocated by the Finance Business Partner. This will require close working with other members of the team to ensure the invoices raised match the agreed contract price
  • To carry out regular review of the Foundation’s accounts receivable ledger and carry out credit control procedures as necessary and in line with the Foundations policy to ensure that debts do not stay outstanding for long periods of time, escalating particular difficult accounts or issues to the Finance Business Partner as they arise
  • Supporting in the preparation of costing for service user packages and the administration of contract management
  • Ensure that all cash amounts received are allocated promptly and accurately
  • Respond to customer (primarily local and health authorities although this may also be private clients) queries with regard to their invoices and contracts ensuring that all queries received into the team are resolved on a timely basis, referring or escalating issues as appropriate
  • Supporting with monthly reconciliation of customer control accounts
  • To provide cover for other areas of transaction processing where required
  • To identify and highlight key risks and contribute to the development of controls and actions to mitigate against the risks
  • To ensure that key finance policies are understood and complied with by colleagues
  • To undertake any other duties as requested by the Head of Finance commensurate with your level of post

Professional duties

The Percy Hedley Foundation operates in a demanding and often changing environment. Members of staff must be flexible, adaptable, willing to face up to changing circumstances and new opportunities. The following list of duties and responsibilities must therefore be taken as a guide and is not to be comprehensive:

• Participate in the review of the Foundation’s Finance Policies, Procedures and Processes;

• Participate in arrangements for the appraisal of performance

• Participate in arrangements for further training and professional development

• Keep up to date with changes or developments within your profession

• Fully participate in the induction and training programme provided by the Percy Hedley Foundation

• Contribute to the professional development of other staff, including the induction of new staff


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

  • On and off the job training
  • Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship
  • Day release at The Stamp Exchange, Newcastle

Apprentices will be required to take one of the professional qualifications listed below, as chosen by the employer to be most relevant to the job role:

  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • ACCA Certificate in financial and management accounting (level 2)
  • IAB Level 2 certificate in bookkeeping
  • ICB Level 2 certificate in bookkeeping

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Depending on the circumstances of the business upon completion of the apprenticeship programme there could be a potential position of employment available

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Number skills


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade 4/C) Essential

About the employer

The Percy Hedley Foundation is a disability charity based in North East England. We support people with complex learning difficulties, disabilities and additional communication needs. We provide special education, care, support, accommodation and lifelong learning opportunities at our two schools, college, homes and Horizons lifelong learning service.







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Apprenticeship standard

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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