Apprentice Accounts/Finance Assistant MCL TRANSPORT CONSULTANTS LIMITED

The successful apprentice will be part of a team of 6 who look after the day to day processing of bus operator claims. The company of 12 staff work as a team to see the process through from publishing the legal documents, communicating with bus operators, to advising the councils how much to pay and providing breakdowns and statements.

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Closing date: 05 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £16,764.00

  • Working week

    09.00 to 17.30, Monday to Friday with 1-hour lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Jul 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000262182

  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The duties will be:

  • Accurate data entry of bus operator concessionary journey claims (manually and electronically) into specialist software (DAS)
    Manipulation of electronic data using Excel and other specialist software.
  • Monitoring bus operator data for variances – if required, raising query with team leader and recording any answers
  • Ensuring all operator data is received on time – chase via email and phone where required
  • Maintaining register of data receipt
  • Extracting reports from specialist software (DAS) to enable checking of data and calculation of reimbursement due for quarterly account reconciliations and interim payments
  • Maintain filing system
  • Assisting with maintenance of database (CMS2)
  • General assistance with ad hoc tasks to increase knowledge of the business and assist the team
     

The training you will be getting

You will complete the Level 2 Accounts-Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Standard and on completion will receive a certificate at either grade Pass or Distinction. In addition you will receive a Level 2 AAT Diploma.

If you don’t have GCSEs grades C/4 or above or equivalent, you will be required to study Level 1 Functional Skills in maths and English. We will then upskill you to Level 2.

Day release will be from East Sussex College’s Eastbourne Campus, once a week, term time only. In addition to day-release an assessor will visit the workplace every 10-12 weeks.

The employer will also accept applications from those that already have a Level 2 AAT diploma, wishing to complete a Level 3 apprenticeship. The Level 3 apprenticeship would last for 18 months.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

It is quite likely that the apprentice will want to move on once they have achieved their AAT, and maybe a couple of years of ACCA or equivalent (our first apprentice stayed 5 years), however the skills acquired whilst studying AAT will always be valuable for them to continue as a full time employee should that be their choice.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Number skills, Telephone skills, Desire to learn and progress

Qualifications

A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade E/Pass) Essential

Things to consider

The company is situated in the town centre in Seaford, easily accessible by train or bus. Parking is available in neighbouring residential streets or public car parks. We welcome applications from candidates living within easy commuting distance from Seaford. Our existing staff come from Seaford, Lewes, Uckfield, Portslade, Brighton and Hove and Crawley. Our apprentices work in the office, at least until fully trained, alongside 2 other staff members. Other staff work from home and attendance at all staff meetings as arranged. Day to day communication is usually by Teams and workload and achievements are monitored by the Claims Team Leader and Deputy. Holiday 25 days per annum Pension Scheme 8% contribution after probation period Tea, coffee, water provided free The Managing Director is a FCCA qualified accountant and fully understands the importance of recruiting and training new accountants. Every assistance will be given to achieve this.

About the employer

MCL specialises in the administration of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, looking after approximately one third of shire England with 14 clients, all of which are County Councils or Unitary Authorities. When a bus pass holder travels on bus, their journey is recorded by the driver, either automatically by a smartcard reader or manually by the driver pressing a button on the ticket machine. At the end of the day the record of journeys made is downloaded to the bus operator’s computer and is sent once a month to MCL. Our specialist software helps the team to analyse the data and ultimately after many checks and calculations a set of accounts is produced which enables us to tell the local authority how much to pay the bus operator for carrying the bus pass holders for free. The successful Apprentice will be part of a team of 6 who look after the day to day processing of claims, including other apprentices who are also studying for AAT. In addition, MCL is very much involved in supporting local authorities improve their bus service provision including introducing youth card schemes and helping smaller bus operators with routine tasks. There will be excellent opportunities for the right person to be a part of that learning process and help the team to be at the forefront of new technology whilst maintaining the simple principles of an accounting function.

Employer

MCL TRANSPORT CONSULTANTS LIMITED

Address

BARCLAYS BANK CHAMBERS

BROAD STREET

SEAFORD

BN25 1NG

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Training

Training provider

EAST SUSSEX COLLEGE GROUP

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

Contact

Katie Parris

katie.parris@escg.ac.uk

030 300 39871

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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