Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship

28474W0/P | Parsons Walk Centre, Wigan
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Is this course for me?

An Accounts or finance assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business. The Accounts or finance assistant is responsible for assisting the team of accountants with junior accounting duties. These can vary massively depending on the team structure and size of business. An Accounts or finance assistant's work could include basic bookkeeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers, running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct, recording of cash and data entry. Accounts or finance assistant can work in almost any sector. Potential employers include corporate businesses, sole traders, partnerships, Public sector, not-for-profit organisations and educational institutions. Accounts or finance assistant may work in-house for an organisation or they might work for an accountancy firm, bookkeeping practice, Shared Service provider, self-employed or on behalf of several different clients. Information from Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education 2021.

What will I study?

In this apprenticeship you will be learning the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be successful in your chosen role, these include:

How will I be assessed?

All apprentices now complete an end-point assessment to complete their qualification.This is delivered by an independent end-point assessment organisation with no affiliation to the employer or training provider .This is a national requirement and endpoint assessments are carried out by a third party assessor . End point assessments use a variety of assessment methods depending on the apprenticeship standard these can include:Professional DiscussionsInterviews Showcase portfoliosPractical assessment of skillTheory assessmentsAssignments and more

What qualifications do I need?

Employers are looking for apprentices who have GCSE Maths and english at Grade 4. Level 2 - A minimum of 5 GCSEs, graded 9-3 or equivalent, including Maths or english. Level 3 - 6 - A minimum of 5 GCSEs, graded 9-4 or equivalent, including Maths or english.

What can I progress onto?

On completion, the apprentice will be able to apply for the appropriate level of professional membership aligned with this apprenticeship, dependent on the qualification chosen. Professional body memberships that are relevant to the options for this apprenticeship are:IAB - Associate Level MembershipICB - Associate Level MembershipNeither AAT nor ACCA offer professional registration upon completion of this apprenticeship. This apprenticeship also provides progression to level 3 apprenticeships and courses.

Other Information

If you don't currently have an employer and would like to undertake an apprenticeship, take a look at our vacancies at www.wigan-leigh.ac.uk/Apprenticeship-Vacancies. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/accounts-or-finance-assistant-v1-0

Course Fees

16-18 Year Olds 19+ year olds Free for eligible learners? Is Loan Available?
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Chartered and Certified Accountants

Jobholders in this unit group provide accounting and auditing services, advise clients on financial matters, collect and analyse financial information and perform other accounting duties required by management for the planning and control of an establishment’s income and expenditure.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

3.31%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£21,349
Entry
£43,163
Median
£97,571
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Conducts investigations and advises management on financial aspects of productivity, stock holding, sales, new products, etc.
  • Prepares periodic accounts, budgetary reviews and financial forecasts.
  • Liaises with management and other professionals to compile budgets and other costs.
  • Evaluates financial information for management purposes.
  • Conducts financial investigations concerning insolvency, fraud, possible mergers, etc..
  • Prepares tax returns, advises on tax problems and contests disputed claim before tax official.
  • Audits accounts and book-keeping records.
  • Prepares financial documents and reports for management, shareholders, statutory or other bodies.
  • Plans and oversees implementation of accountancy system and policies.

Knowledge

Clerical Mathematics Economics and Accounting English Language Customer and Personal Service Computers and Electronics Law and Government Personnel and Human Resources

Skills

Monitoring Mathematics Active Listening Active Learning Critical Thinking Learning Strategies Reading Comprehension Speaking Writing
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Financial and Accounting Technicians

Financial and accounting technicians work alongside accountants and other financial professionals in managing the financial affairs of organisations.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Opportunities

3.78%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£20,992
Entry
£55,306
Median
£79,696
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Monitors accounting systems to determine accounts are being maintained effectively and provides information on accounting practices to auditors.
  • Ensures invoices and payments are correct and sent out on time.
  • Liaises with clients to ensure that payments are made on time and credit limits are not exceeded.
  • Produces, collates and reports financial information for managers.
  • Maintains profit and loss accounts, budgets, cash flow forecasts and other accounting records.

Knowledge

Clerical Mathematics Economics and Accounting Computers and Electronics English Language Customer and Personal Service

Skills

Critical Thinking Active Learning Active Listening Mathematics Reading Comprehension Writing Learning Strategies Speaking
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Book-keepers, Payroll Managers and Wages Clerks

Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks maintain and balance records of financial transactions, oversee the operation of payroll functions and calculate hours worked, wages due and other relevant contributions and deductions.

Requirements: Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Opportunities

4.53%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£11,113
Entry
£27,757
Median
£59,846
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Calculates costs and overheads and prepares analyses for management.
  • Compiles schedules and distributes or arranges distribution of wages and salaries.
  • Processes holiday, sick and maternity pay and travel and subsistence expenses.
  • Calculates and records hours worked, wages due, deductions and voluntary contributions.
  • Supervises payroll team and develops payroll systems and procedures.
  • Prepares provisional balances and reconciles these with appropriate accounts.
  • Records and checks accuracy of daily financial transactions.

Knowledge

Clerical Customer and Personal Service Mathematics Administration and Management English Language Economics and Accounting Personnel and Human Resources

Skills

Active Listening Reading Comprehension Critical Thinking Speaking Learning Strategies Writing Mathematics Active Learning Monitoring
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Finance Officers

Finance officers oversee book-keeping, general accounting and other financial and related clerical functions mainly within local government and a variety of public sector organisations.

Requirements: Certificate

Opportunities

2.47%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£17,741
Entry
£28,892
Median
£52,923
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Coordinates the activities and resources of finance departments.
  • Plans work schedules and assigns tasks to financial clerks.
  • Prepares or arranges the preparation of financial reports for managers.
  • Oversees the recording and checking of daily financial transactions, the preparation of provisional balances and reconciliation of accounts.

Knowledge

Clerical Administration and Management Mathematics Economics and Accounting Computers and Electronics Customer and Personal Service English Language Personnel and Human Resources Law and Government

Skills

Active Listening Reading Comprehension Critical Thinking Speaking Learning Strategies Writing Mathematics Active Learning Monitoring
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