Apprentice Accounts / Finance Assistant PENRYN COLLEGE

The apprentice will learn all aspects of a busy finance department, including; bookkeeping, financial reporting, invoicing, credit control, office administration as well as getting to know all aspects of the business. A great opportunity to take the first step on your career and also to become an integral part of an ambitious business.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

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, Tuesday & Thursday 8.00am to 4.00pm, Wednesday study leave, Friday 8.00am to 3.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    13 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    31 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

A broad range of accounting and finance tasks will be undertaken providing experience across our activities. Tasks at some point would include:

  • Processing purchase Ledger invoices
  • Supplier payments
  • Reconciling supplier statements
  • Maintaining supplier records
  • Sales invoicing and maintaining pupil payment system
  • Credit control
  • Processing authorised online orders
  • Processing company credit card statements
  • Processing staff expenses
  • Matching the bank feeds
  • Month-end journals
  • Assisting with internal and external audits
  • Understanding the various accounting and school                  software in use
  • General admin, including a lot of ad-hoc duties, assisting the school in administration, finance and other duties, getting to really know the business, including
  • Providing occasional cover on the telephone support

The training you will be getting

You will undertake the “Accounts / Finance Assistant” Apprenticeship (an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Accounting), with full support from Accountancy Learning as part of their Flexible Apprenticeship Programme.

Assessment will be by an “End Point Assessment”, which will include the following two elements:

  • A Structured Interview. This will consist of 10 questions asked by an AAT Independent Assessor. It will last 60 minutes and will be performed remotely via the AAT on-line video portal. The questions will allowing you to to display the knowledge and experience you have obtained over your apprenticeship. You will build a Portfolio of reflections and product evidence that will be used to support your answers to these 10 questions.
  • An In-tray Test. This will be undertaken under exam conditions and will last 105 minutes. It will be based on what you have studied in your AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. 

Successful completion of the AAT (Level 2) Foundation Certificate in Accounting is a mandatory element of the Accounts / Finance Assistant Apprenticeship. Your Apprenticeship will therefore include formal studies towards this qualification. It is anticipated that your apprenticeship duration will be for 15 months, although earlier completion is possible, provided the duration exceeds one year and a week.

You will receive support from both the employer, and the training provider, to complete and achieve your Apprenticeship and will be given time to study during the week on a day release basis. As you are working towards a professional qualification, it is also expected that you will continue your studies outside of normal office hours.

As you learn more in both the office and in your studies your responsibilities, and the variety of tasks you undertake, are expected to increase.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

If this apprenticeship is successful we would expect you to progress to level 3.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Meticulous, Competent Excel Skills, Flexible


GCSE or equivalent A minimum of 5 subjects including English & Maths (Grade 9 - 4 (A* - C)) Essential

Things to consider

Appointment will be subject to the information received from the DBS. Ability to travel to college for day release.

About the employer

As a school, we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children extremely seriously. Improving outcomes for all of our students underpins all of the work within this school. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as such our school aims to create the safest environment within which every student has the opportunity to achieve. We’re a lively, thriving school, and we pride ourselves on offering the very best for our students. We cater for children and young people aged 11-16 who live in Penryn and the surrounding villages of Constantine, Flushing, Mabe, Mawnan Smith, Mylor, Perranwell and Ponsanooth. Students also join us from Falmouth and other outlying villages and towns. At the end of 2010, as an Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ school, we were presented with the opportunity to consider converting to Academy status, in line with the new government initiative. In March 2011, following consultation with staff, parents/carers, pupils and the local community, our governors made the decision to start the process of conversion, and on July 1, 2011, we became an Academy. As an Academy, we are committed to maintaining everything that students, staff, parents/carers and the wider community value about Penryn College.




Penryn College

Kernick Road


TR10 8PZ

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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

Accounts or finance assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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

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