Outsourcing AAT Apprenticeship James Cowper Kreston

If university isn't the right choice for you then our School Leavers Apprenticeship Programme offers a practical way to kick-start an exciting career in outsourcing. If you have a genuine interest in accountancy, we are offering a three-year apprenticeship to achieve the AAT accountancy qualification.

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

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Paid time off for study and exams / 23 days annual holiday, plus birthday as an extra day off / pension scheme / flexible benefits scheme including cycle to work, dental insurance / free flu jabs / internal buddy and line manager support system

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Bookkeeping for a variety of clients including processing of invoices, expenses and payments, using cloud-based software
  • Complete VAT returns for allocated clients
  • Undertaking specific accounting projects for clients
  • Answering client phone calls / emails and helping with queries
  • Develop and apply technical knowledge gained from studies and on the job experience

The training you will be getting

  • Professional Accounting or Taxation Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard
  • You will become AAT qualified
  • Training will be a mix of classroom bases courses and self-study.
  • 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 AAT qualification you can go on to study either ACA or ACCA
  • Plus subseqeuent progression to management and potentially follow 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


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Grade 5 or higher) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 5 or higher) Essential
A Level or equivalent All subjects excl General Studies (Grade 3 A-levels Grade A*-C) Essential

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


2 Communications Road

Greenham Business Park


RG19 6AB


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

Professional accounting or taxation technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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, follow the link and complete our quick and easy online application form. Successful applicants will be invited to one our Assessment Days where you will undertake various activities individually and in a group with other candidates. If you impress us on the Assessment Day, we will then invite you to join our new student intake starting in late August 2023.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2024