Audit Apprentice PKF Smith Cooper

Do you want to work for a company that values your efforts and helps you grow? Join us and enjoy the guidance of our firm’s partners and managers, who will mentor you and encourage you to achieve your goals.

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Closing date: 25 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    14 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

On our Apprenticeship Scheme, you will get to know our clients and build close relationships to better understand their needs. You will provide crucial advice on financial performance, business systems, culture, and risks to help every client achieve their objectives.

You would join us on an AAT training contract, which provides you the opportunity to work with a variety of businesses across different sectors – from national companies to entrepreneurial start-ups – and develop your knowledge as well as your experience in the process.

You will gain valuable technical skills, broad commercial understanding, and in-depth knowledge of different industry sectors on your journey to becoming a qualified Accountant at PKF Smith Cooper.

The training you will be getting

The Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship standard includes 6 AAT exams, in addition to the Synoptic Assessment as part of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) process.

The knowledge units will be delivered at the EMA training hub in Derby or Nottingham (depending on apprentices’ location) through day release.

AAT Modules are as follows:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping (Level 2 Unit)
  • Principles of Bookkeeping (Level 2 Unit)
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Business Awareness
  • Tax Processes for Business

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • There is a full-time opportunity available at the end of the apprenticeship for someone who can demonstrate competence within accountancy, in addition to showing initiative and a willingness to learn

  • You will naturally progress onto the Professional Accounting Technician Level 4 apprenticeship before agreeing a pathway to becoming a chartered accountant (Level 7)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative


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

About the employer

As an active member of PKF International, we are part of a large global network of legally independent accounting firms. Located in the 5 fastest growing global markets, we have a ground presence in 150 countries and span across many jurisdictions. An ambitious, future-focused network, PKF provides a comprehensive range of services. Operating in unison with member firms across the world, we can share our ideas, expertise, and specialist resources to better serve our clients, delivering highly-personalised services and global connectivity through our client-centric culture.


PKF Smith Cooper


Prospect House

1 Prospect Place

Millennium Way

DE24 8HG

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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


Charlotte Redshaw

Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

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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