Why an apprenticeship?

An accountancy apprenticeship is a great alternative to university as a start in a career in accounting or finance. Most accountancy firms are keen to recruit school leavers with good academics under apprenticeship programmes, with many now offering more school leaver vacancies than graduate positions.

What will I gain?

As an accountancy apprentice, you will gain a professional qualification as well as gaining relevant technical work experience and valuable skills training to enhance your business acumen and employability.

What type of job will I have?

The most common accountancy apprenticeships are outlined below. Most employers will require you to have at least five GCSEs with good grades in Maths and English. Prior knowledge of accounting is not required.


  Assistant Accountant
(Level 3)
Professional Accounting / Tax Technician (Level 4)
Typical job role

Assistant Bookkeeper

Assistant Accountant

Purchase Ledger Clerk

Credit Controller

Payroll Clerk

Audit or Tax Trainee

Accounts Assistant

Management Accountant

Finance Analyst

Payroll Manager


AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

(Note that this is likely to be preceded by a Certificate level qualification in Bookkeeping or Accounting)

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting

ACCA Foundations in Accountancy Diploma

ICAEW Certificate in Finance and Business

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

ATT Tax Technician

Skills training

Essential IT skills

Interpersonal skills

Analytical skills

Business communication skills

Leadership skills

Advanced analytical skills



You can find out more about our apprenticeship programmes and the apprenticeship standards here.

How do I become an apprentice?

To search for vacancies, visit https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch and sign up to receive alerts for new jobs as they are posted.


Other opportunities can be found at https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/apprenticeships  or https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk.


For more inspiration visit www.amazingapprenticeships.com or https://www.getingofar.gov.uk.