Finance Assistant Apprenticeship NEW LOOK RETAILERS LIMITED

An opportunity to work as part of the Tax and Customs Team within New Look Head Office in Weymouth, Dorset. The successful candidate will be entitled to New Look benefits such as; 40% staff discount, potential bonus, and specific bonuses for exam passes. Further details to be discussed at interview.

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

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Closing date: 05 Aug 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, 9.00am - 5.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Apprentice will support the rest of the Tax and Customs team where necessary, and will be responsible for the following;

  • Support Tax Analyst and Manager in preparation of UK Corporate Tax returns.
  • Support Tax Analyst and Manager in weekly UK VAT internal reporting, and monitoring, file and payment of IOSS Ecommerce VAT returns.
  • Assist in preparation of Ireland, CI and Germany VAT returns.
  • Support to Head of Tax in raising Purchase Orders and receipting invoices.
  • To ensure that data required for filing annual PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) is analysed and recorded on an Excel spreadsheet for Manager’s review and finalisation before filing on due date. 
  • The above involves analysing SAP 4Hana nominals and reviewing staff expenses including credit card expenses.
  • Maintaining the VAT Opt to Tax on all new store leases and closures by liaising with Property team and completing the relevant paperwork for filing to be checked by Manager.
  • Assistance and preparation of month end balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Posting of journals into tax nominals.
  • Raising of Purchase orders for tax fees and receipting of invoices
  • General admin especially retrieving old copy invoices for the rest of the Tax team to facilitate analysis for filing or responses to HMRC enquiries in all taxes. 
  • Other admin duties include photocopying, scanning, archiving etc.
  • Any other ad-hoc assignments as required.

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will work towards attaining the Finance Assistant – Level 2 Apprenticeship qualification, with one day a week training at Weymouth College.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required.

Apprentices will be required to take one of the professional qualifications listed below, as chosen by the employer to be most relevant to the job role:

  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • ACCA Certificate in financial and management accounting (level 2)
  • IAB Level 2 certificate in bookkeeping
  • ICB Level 2 certificate in bookkeeping

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Following completion of the apprenticeship the right candidate may be taken on as a permanent member of staff.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

You MUST be prepared to commit to your work and training for the duration of the apprenticeship. You will be required to attend an interview and assessment at Weymouth College prior to your application being passed on. If a suitable candidate is found prior to the advertised closing date, it may close earlier so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

About the employer

From our first store in the 1960s, a little Taunton shop with great clothes and even better prices, to an omni-channel  business serving millions of customers… we're New Look. Our purpose is always to inspire That New Look Feeling and we believe that starts with us. Our values motivate us every day: we play to win, we’re customer-obsessed and we work as one. Why New Look? The amazing people, the fashion – there are so many reasons to love working at New Look. We prioritise development, offering training to support your progression, so you can be your absolute best and achieve your goals. You’ll also receive these amazing benefits, to name only a few: 40% staff discount Monthly 25% off privilege vouchers for family and friends to enjoy Season ticket loans Pension - A contributory private pension scheme Virtual GP access




New Look House

Mercery Road



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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


Laura Cowburn


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

Employer's Application Instructions

Please use the link to submit your application to Weymouth College. Once received we will progress through the interview process.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 05 Aug 2024