Insolvency Administrator Apprentice PKF Smith Cooper

Your role will involve assisting and supporting the team with a diverse range of corporate insolvency cases. You will also help the team advise new and existing clients on their financial situation and suggest solutions for their challenges. This is a great opportunity for a motivated candidate to join a thriving team in our office in Derby.

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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

  • Assisting in identifying prospective clients and preparing documentation
  • Assistance in drafting letters and reports to external stakeholders such as debtors, creditors and financial institutions.
  • Preparing documentation to facilitate payment of goods and services provided.
  • Depositing client funds.
  • Preparing payment requisition forms to generate payment of invoices.
  • Inputting data into specialist software to record case specific information such as creditor claims.
  • Attending client premises to retrieve books and records; and
  • General administrative duties comprising photocopying, filing, processing incoming and outgoing post, preparing refreshments for visitors / staff and dealing with telephone calls.

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, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working


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

Things to consider

Our benefits package has been designed around our people and shaped by our values. As part of Team PKF Smith Cooper, here are some of the things you can expect: - A working environment that empowers you to perform at your best, through our flexible working policy and dress for your diary scheme - Time to do what matters to you – 25 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays, the option to reduce annual hours for additional annual leave, and your birthday off, on us. Long-serving employees can also request a sabbatical, giving you the chance to make truly unforgettable memories - Rewards for those who actively embrace and embody our values and culture through our Kudos Reward Scheme - Regular social events and annual, company-wide away days, giving you the opportunity to engage with colleagues across your division and office, as well as the wider firm - Bonus referral schemes for introducing new talent or clients so that when we benefit, you do too

About the employer

The firm’s Partners, who remain actively invested in the development of employees, will both support and champion your professional development and progression. We are multi-award-winning accountants and business advisors, ranked the 12th biggest firm by UK fee income in the Accountancy Age Top 50+50.


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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