Virtual Finance Higher Apprenticeship Programme 2024 - St Albans Mercer & Hole LLP

Our higher apprenticeship programme offers an exciting opportunity to work in a busy office environment whilst studying towards a professional qualification for a 24 month programme. This is a fantastic platform to start a career in Accountancy preparing, recording and processing data within the virtual finance financial systems.

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

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Closing date: 01 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • During this apprenticeship, we commit time to help you build your knowledge, skills and practical experiences, providing genuine development opportunities to enable you to become a future leader
  • You will initially be responsible for preparing, recording and processing data within the virtual finance financial systems; maintaining spreadhseets; monthly management reporting and preparing and submitting VAT returns as a apprentice team member
  • As your experience grows, so do your responsibilities, ensuring you get the most out of your training with us and are able to apply the knowledge you are learning along the way

The training you will be getting

  • Alongside the day to day duties you will also be studying for a professional qualification, the Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4 AAT)
  • The training will be a combination of on the job training, time off to study, attend college and complete online classes in preparation for exams.  We also provide soft skills training and regular 1:1 meetings with your training manager to ensure you have all the support you need
  • Apprentices without English or maths at Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) must achieve this prior to the completion of the apprenticeship

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • There are no limits for our apprentices.  Once you have completed the programme, you can progress onto further qualifications, for example, a three year ACA or ACCA qualification to become a Chartered Accountant, or whatever is the best choice for you

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


A Level or equivalent Any discipline (Grade Minimum UCAS points of 112) Essential

About the employer

We are a top 40 accountancy firm with offices in London, St Albans, Rickmansworth and Milton Keynes. We provide our clients with accountancy and tax advice to help their businesses grow, support individuals and families, and help charities and trustees to manage their finances and comply with their obligations. Mercer & Hole recognises that people are its key assets, which makes achieving the right balance between work and home part of our culture.


Mercer & Hole LLP


72 London Road

St. Albans




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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

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

Visit our website to view all our apprenticeship vacancies or click on the above link to start the process of applying online for this opportunity. Shortlisted candidates will have a telephone interview followed by online tests. The next stage of the process will consist of a face to face interview as well as doing some short exercises.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Jun 2024