Accounts and Audit Apprentice Clay Ratnage & Co

This is an excellent opportunity to gain your accountancy qualification whilst getting a broad range of experience in bookkeeping, audit and taxation in a variety of industries.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay and Performance reviews every 6 months

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, 9.00 am - 5:30pm. Friday, 8:30am - 5.00pm. 1 hours lunch to be taken between 12.00pm and 2.00pm. 20 days annual leave plus bank holidays and Christmas to New Year.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    29 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Preparation of VAT returns using Excel / Sage / Xero / QuickBooks
  • Preparation of sole trader/small partnership accounts
  • Analysis work in relation to larger clients including Limited Companies/Audit clients – using excel.

The training you will be getting

After completion of your A Level or GCSE studies, you will join as an apprentice and study for the Level 2 AAT qualification. You will start on the level 2 apprenticeship scheme, depending on your qualifications, before moving to the next level.

The successful candidate will be required to attend weekday courses, once a week, at First Intuition Chelmsford, Southend or Colchester to study towards their AAT qualification as well as mentoring towards the Apprenticeship knowledge, skills, and behaviours. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On successful completion of your AAT qualification, we will encourage you to move to level 7 apprenticeship working towards either an ACCA or ICAEW qualification. Our friendly and supportive staff and training network will provide you with the help you need to progress through the exam process.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Able to meet deadlines, Work well under pressure


GCSE or equivalent 3 other subjects (Grade 5 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 5 or above) Essential

About the employer

Clay Ratnage & Co. was established in East London in 1927. Our business has 4 partners and approximately 30 staff operating from two offices in Romford and Wickford. Our accountancy practice has been built around providing support to businesses in Essex, London and the surrounding areas and, whilst this continues to comprise the largest part of our client base, we now have a wide variety of clients across the UK and beyond. The philosophy of our business has been to maintain a “general practice” approach meaning all staff have extensive experience of accounts, tax and audit and are, therefore, able to provide tailored assistance with day-to-day queries that arise. We also have a specialist Tax department to deal with more complicated tax matters and a specialist Wills and Probate department. We aim to provide a timely and cost effective service and look to build long-term relationships with our clients by delivering our services in a friendly and helpful manner. Due to the longevity of the firm, we have experience in virtually all business sectors but pride ourselves in our specialist knowledge of the building, property, manufacturing and retail sectors, in addition to our long-standing involvement with charities.


Clay Ratnage & Co


9 Cobbins Grove



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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


Amy Sawyer

01245 209900

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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