Accountant L3 Apprenticeship DTE BUSINESS ADVISERS LTD

DTE is one of the largest independent firms of chartered accountants in the North West of England, and the largest in Bury. This is a graduate programme offering AAT study on the apprenticeship scheme under day release. At DTE you will work on accounts preparation, audit and tax across a wide range of industries and client sizes.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay increases annually in July, both for inflation and exam/work performance.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday working 7 hours and 15 minutes per day, with flexible start and finish times between 8am and 9.15am, 4.30pm and 5.30pm. One hour for lunch.

    Total hours per week: 36.25

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Successful candidates will enter into a challenging yet rewarding career at DTE, gaining the opportunities and experience to reach their ultimate goals in the accountancy profession.

We have a diverse client portfolio, and you will be involved in various types of work, including but not limited to:

  • Company audits, charity audits, solicitor audits and pension scheme audits
  • Accounts preparation, both for unincorporated and incorporated entities
  • Corporation tax computations
  • Preparation of management accounts
  • Working with a mixture of small unincorporated business and large international companies
  • Gaining exposure to a range of industries, for example, manufacturing, hospitality, construction

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

Why start your career in accountancy with DTE? 

  • Clear career path with excellent opportunities for progression: many of our seniors, managers and even partners started as graduate trainees with DTE
  • On-the-job training from dedicated DTE managers and partners
  • Fully funded study support and competitive salary: We offer a 2-3-year fully funded training programme with study support to gain the AAT qualification through an apprenticeship with our external training provider, under a day release scheme
  • Close client engagement: Whether that be face-to face onsite audit work or electronic communication
  • Variety of work: DTE is a medium sized firm, which means you will be able to get involved in a wide variety of work. Our work-based training methods will ensure you develop into well-rounded accountants with a knowledge and understanding of key financial matters affecting businesses in the UK


  • You will study towards AAT qualification over a 2-3 year training contract
  • You will start with AAT Level 3, moving onto AAT Level 4, under a Level 4 apprenticeship
  • Study will be through the apprenticeship scheme with our external training provider, First Intuition in Manchester Attendance at college is under a fully funded day release scheme, during working hours
  • The Level 3 apprenticeship route provides regular catchup meetings with First Intuition to ensure you are gaining the skills need to excel in your career. At least 20% of your time will be spent on training and development
  • A dedicated training manager will support you on your training journey

Study leave policy:

  • Paid days off for all college tuition (Taught, Recap and Revision Phases, plus mock exams)
  • In-centre and online courses
  • One full paid day off per exam, regardless of exam length

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Once AAT qualified, there is opportunity to progress onto the ACA qualification and progress to Semi-Senior Accountant. Once ACA qualified, there is opportunity to progress to Senior Audit and Accounts Executive. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5 / B) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5 / B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any (Grade B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any (Grade B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any (Grade C) Essential

Things to consider

We welcome students from any A Level subject. Requirements are 3 A Levels at BBC or above and 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 (A*-C) including 5 (B) in Maths and English. As part of the audit team, travel to clients’ premises is required and the ideal candidate will be able to drive.

About the employer

As a well-respected firm with more than 80 years’ heritage, we share an aim of pursuing excellence in everything we do. We support a variety of businesses across the North West and nationwide in different industries and sectors. Our expertise extends to working with owner-managed businesses, small, medium and large-sized companies, business start-ups, and UK subsidiaries of small to large international groups. What we offer: Excellent work life balance, Flexible start times between 8am and 9.15am, Pension scheme contributions, 33 days annual leave including bank holidays, Option to buy or sell up to five working days per year, Generous study leave policy, Hybrid working - after an initial training period in the office, our hybrid policy is work from home 2 days a week, working in the office 3 days a week (provided not onsite at client’s premises), Regular social events, Dress down Fridays, Regular CPD seminars, Career progression opportunities, Summer working hours – opportunity to build up time to finish at lunchtime on Fridays, Buddy system - you will be assigned a buddy when starting at DTE who will be your go-to person for any training needs. We also have an open office policy – DTE foster an approachable and welcoming environment. Death in service policy – 3 x annual salary lump sum, Cycle to work scheme – bike racks located in secured underground basement and shower facilities, Bury town centre location, Charity fundraisers.









Lauren Tabbron


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please send a CV and cover letter to

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Oct 2023