“Accounting involves working in an accounts department, helping a business or organisation to manage its finances properly”

The accounting apprenticeship is designed to prepare you for a number of roles within accountancy. As an apprentice, you’ll be able to manage and organise the funds raised for a charity, process the expenses and receipts of a team of salespeople, or oversee the finances of a global corporation. A head for numbers is crucial, as is a familiarity and interest in accounting software. A love of spreadsheets would also be handy. As accountancy is a highly skilled profession, with staff working at many different levels, you’ll be able to take the accounting qualification suitable to your level through this apprenticeship. Apprentices who qualify through the intermediate route might work as accounts assistants, credit control clerks, accounts clerks, or finance assistants, all helping accountants to keep financial records and prepare accounts. The advanced route will position you as a trainee accounting technician.

Duration: 12 to 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Maths

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels at grades A to E

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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