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Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship

Your apprenticeship learning will be with Arch Apprenticeships, rated Ofsted Outstanding.

Arch Apprenticeships

Experience the benefits of having a confident career starter on your finance team

Empower and allow your finance team to grow, unlocking the potential in your new starter or current team member. An apprentice will learn on the job, whilst also earning their qualification. This allows them to learn the ins-and-outs of your business as well as their qualification. At the end you’ll gain a qualified team member who knows the workings of your business. 

Your apprentice will spend time processing administrative duties such as payments, tracking business expenses, data entry, and more.

Who’s it for?

Your Assistant Accountant Apprentice will fill an entry-level role within your business. They might be new to accounting or have some limited experience in the industry.

Whether this is someone new or a current member of your team is up to you – we can help you either way.

What qualifications will they get?

  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship

Where can you hire an apprentice?

London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol

What we’ll cover

Here are the topics we’ll cover during the qualification part of the apprenticeship:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Financial Accounts Preparation
  • Indirect Tax
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accountants


What’s needed to get started

  • Maths GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above, or AAT Advanced Certificate in Accounting 
  • Preferably English GCSE at Grade C (4) or above (or equivalent), and preferably 5 GCSEs 
  • Typically, learners have worked in accountancy for less than 12 months
  • Learners must meet eligibility checks

How does the apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a full-time job with training for a current or new employee in your business.

Their working time will be split 80/20: 80% of their working time will be spent with you, carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities, while 20% of their time will be ‘off-the-job’ and spent working towards their apprenticeship qualification.

What counts as off-the-job training and how is the 20% measured?

Off-the-job training can include:

  • Work spent on their apprenticeship qualification
  • Face to face/virtual classroom training
  • Any employer training
  • Mentoring
  • Work spent on their reflective journal
  • Shadowing other teams
  • Attending industry events

Your apprentice, their Learning & Development Coach, and their line manager will have an off-the-job tracker they can use to record and track this.

How is the training delivered?

The apprentice studies towards their qualification online, and is supported by face-to-face visits from their Learning and Development Coach.

We deliver training in blocks to try and limit disruption, so you won’t have someone leaving the office one day a week.

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds can then only be used on approved apprenticeship training.

What’s the benefit of hiring apprentices?

Apprentices bring great value to a business. Rather than searching for existing talent that fits your business, they give you the chance to actively shape the next generation so they can bring the skills your business needs.

The numbers back us up: 76% of employers have said that productivity has improved, and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.*

*Source: gov.uk