Are you looking to start a career in Finance? AGRICULTULTURAL CENTRAL TRADING are looking to recruit an Apprentice Accounts Assistant to join our busy accounts team. Based just outside of Shrewsbury. The role will include reconciling accounts and statements, processing invoices and speaking with customers.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 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 to Friday 9am to 5pm with 30 minutes lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Excellent opportunity working a varied role within a busy finance department whereby you will gain knowledge and experience across areas such as purchase ledger, sales ledger and credit control.

The role will involve a large amount of use of our ERP system Business Central as well as excel so is ideal for someone looking to start their career in finance. As well as working alongside individuals who have already qualified or are currently studying.

  • Process supplier invoices and credit notes onto the ERP system in a timely manner using the appropriate program to ensure correct sales invoicing to the customer and complete accurate records are retained on the Business Central system.
  • Update sales and purchase order screens with delivery dates, sell and buy prices, obtaining information from appropriate colleagues if information is incomplete.
  • Process credit note requisitions, once correctly authorised, in a timely and accurate manner using the appropriate program to ensure accurate records are retained on the Business Central system.
  • Assist customer service advisers and product managers with invoicing and credit queries.
  • Scan, attach to records and file all documents in an accurate and timely manner to enable fast and easy retrieval.
  • Reconcile supplier statements to allow payment to be made
  • Answer telephone queries from customers and area managers
  • Record receipts from customer payments via card payments/ BACS / cheques
  • During colleagues’ absences monitor all work and prioritise urgent tasks, bringing to management’s attention where documents are not being processed.

The training you will be getting

You will be working towards gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviours to achieve the Level 2 Accounts assistant apprenticeship standard;

Accounts or finance assistant / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

You will be attending college one day a week (London Rd Campus) and the remainder of the working week will be based in the workplace.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

A successful candidate can expect potential future employment upon completion of this Apprentiship or progression on to the Level 3.

This Apprentiship provides an excellent opportunity for a committed hardworking and enthusiastic individual and effectively could provide the foundations of a long-term career within the organisation.

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, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience


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

Things to consider

Are you able to commute to the workplace easily? We are quite remote with little option for public transport, so please be aware of this when applying for this opportunity.

About the employer

ACT are a nationwide, farmer-owned, agricultural trading limited company established in 1962 with turnover of c.£100m. We supply essential farm inputs to farmers throughout England, Wales and Scotland. ACT supplies UK farmers with: · Fertilisers · Animal feeds, minerals · Seeds (grass, maize, cereals etc) · Animal health medicines · Fuel & Oil and · Crop packaging








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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


Jules Rhodes

01743 653 460

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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