Graduate Apprenticeship - Business Tax James Cowper Kreston

If you have already obtained your degree, or are about to do so, then our Graduate Trainee Programme offers a practical way to kick start an exciting career in taxation. We offer a three-year Level 7 Apprenticeship to study the ACA/CTA Joint Programme and achieve two professional qualifications.

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

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Paid time off for college and exams / 23 days annual holiday, plus birthday as extra day off / pension scheme / flexible benefits scheme / free flu jabs / cycle to work scheme

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5:30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    21 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 7 (Master's degree)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

In Business Tax we advise companies and their owners on their tax affairs, mainly in relation to corporation tax but also stamp duty, employment taxes and even tax on complex share arrangements. A great deal of our time is also spent on advisory projects; international expansion, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and succession planning to state a few examples.

Your initial focus would be on understanding how a company’s corporation tax return works, how it links to the company’s accounts and some of the key components that make it up, along with the tax technical rules around it. You would build this knowledge up in your early career until in your second and third years you would expect to get more involved in advisory projects, working with Managers.

You would learn how to interact with third parties, such as our clients and HMRC, and work alongside experienced seniors, managers, directors, and partners.

As an example, by the end of your first year, we aim for you to be able to:

  • Perform first reviews of basic corporation tax computations and returns
  • Be aware and able to discuss principles around R&D relief, capital allowances
  • Assist Managers on advisory projects on an ad-hoc basis and when they arise on clients you are assigned to
  • Attend meetings alongside a manager and become a point of contact for some of the clients you work on
  • Be comfortable dealing with HMRC over the phone

The training you will be getting

  • You will be ACA and CTA qualified
  • Training will be a mix of classroom based courses, self-study and on-the-job learning
  • Classroom sessions will be block release and generally take place at our training provider's premises in central Reading

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • After achieving the ACA and CTA qualifications, you will also start to progress towards a management role with our internal Management Development programme.  This could allow you to potentially forge a route all the way to being a Partner in the firm

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, A strong work ethic, An enthusiasm to learn


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4 or higher) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or higher) Essential
A Level or equivalent All subjects excl General Studies (Grade 3 A-levels Grade A*-C) Essential
Other Undergraduate degree in any subject (Grade 2.2 or higher) Essential

Things to consider

Your wellbeing is our top priority, so you’ll also benefit from: • A buddy, and line manager, to support you throughout your career • Hybrid working • Mental Health First Aiders in all offices • Social committee in each office • Pizza lunch on last working day of each month

About the employer

James Cowper Kreston is a leading firm of accountants and business advisers, with offices in Newbury, Reading, Oxford, Southampton and London. We are passionate about enabling our clients and staff to maximise their potential, meaning that we approach everyone as an individual, not with a pre-set script. For over 100 years we have been working with clients, not just as accountants ensuring audit, accounts and tax compliance, but as an integral part of their team offering a full range of advisory services, working with them to unlock and maximise available opportunities. With over 200 staff we have a strong team ethic but always recognise the individual contributions to the team’s performance. That’s why we make a great investment in individual career development and help you maximise your potential. As a result, you can be assured that you will receive all the support and encouragement you need from us to kick-start an exciting career in taxation. So why not start your career with James Cowper Kreston?


James Cowper Kreston


Reading Bridge House

George Street




Sarah Pearce

07388 945384

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Accountancy or taxation professional

Level 7 (Master's degree)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply complete our quick and easy online application form to give us some essential information and upload your CV. If you successfully make it through the initial screening process, you will be invited to one of our Assessment Days where you will undertake various group activities and individual exercises. If you impress us at the Assessment Day, we will then invite you to join our new intake of students starting in late August 2024.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Dec 2023