Accountancy Apprentice (Level 4) WILLIAM WITHERS & CO LTD

An apprenticeship position with day-release for either classroom-based or remote training 1 day per week. The role will progress your knowledge of accountancy good practice, whilst working in a busy and flourishing accountancy firm with a diverse range of clients.

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm, with a 1-hour (unpaid) break for lunch.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties of this role will include:

  • Completing bookkeeping tasks and spreadsheet work connected with the preparation of accounts, business and personal tax returns
  • Preparation of VAT and monthly/quarterly accounting procedures.
  • General accountancy practice with responsibilities for a mixed client base of sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. Clients are varied across industry and turnover
  • Assisting clients with queries and providing support in connection with Cloud accounting software packages such as Xero and QuickBooks
  • Payroll
  • General admin duties including handling telephone calls, letter writing and records maintenance
  • Working alongside colleagues in assisting clients meet the variety of deadlines associated with the profession such as: tax return deadlines, account filing deadlines and payment deadlines
  • Consistently ensuring accuracy of all personal data held in our systems
  • Awareness and implementation of the requirements of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation
  • Awareness and implementation of the requirements of the Money Laundering Act (MLA) legislation
  • Any other duties as directed

The training you will be getting

You will undertake the “Professional Accounting Technician” Apprenticeship (a Higher Apprenticeship in Accounting), with full support from Accountancy Learning as part of their Flexible Apprenticeship Programme.

Assessment will be by an “End Point Assessment” and will be graded “Pass” or “Distinction”. This will include two elements:

  • A Professional Discussion. This will include a series of questions allowing you to to display the knowledge and experience you have obtained over your apprenticeship. You will build a Portfolio of reflections and product evidence that will be used for discussion points in the PD
  • Alternatively a 2,000 word Written Statement can be submitted.
    A Synoptic Exam. This will include elements you have learnt throughout your studies of the individual AAT Units and this will contribute towards your end grade. 

You will be prepared for both of these elements by undertaking studies for the AAT (Level 4) Professional Diploma in Accounting. These will underpin both elements of your “endpoint assessment”. As such, it is anticipated that your apprenticeship duration will be for 15-18 months although earlier completion is possible, provided the duration exceeds one year and a week.

You will receive support from both the employer, and the training provider, to complete and achieve your apprenticeship and will be given time to study during the week on a day-release basis. 

As you learn more in both the office and in your studies your responsibilities, and the variety of tasks you undertake, are expected to increase.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • It is expected that you will stay with the company following successful completion of your apprenticeship to undertake further qualifications and increase your responsibility in the office

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Number skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade 9-5 / A*-C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths or a comparable result in Level 3 Business (Grade C and above) Desired
Other AAT Level 3 (Grade Pass - distinction) Essential

About the employer

As a firm we aim to be warm and welcoming in all that we do. Our relationships with our clients are built on trust and maintaining that trust is paramount to us. We, therefore, tailor our services to be completely client focussed.






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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

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