Entry Requirements/Application Process
Be new to Accountancy/Finance
Have English and Maths GCSE's or equivalent at grade C or be deemed able to achieve the required level as part of the programme
Be employed and have the support of their employer to undertake the programme.
Complete an application form
Undertake an Initial Assessment test that includes Maths and English
Have an interview with an ACL team member to assess suitability and eligibility
Sign a contract with ACL
Consent to a health and safety checklist to be completed by an ACL team member.
Overview of the role
An Accounts/Finance Assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an effecient and accurate finance function within a business.
The Accounts/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/Finance Assistnat'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
Benefits for learners and business
Benefits for learners
Build professionalism and confidence in a working environment
Abiltiy to manage their own performance
Gain knowledge on Accountancy theories wthin the context of their work setting
Benefit to the Business
Productive team members
AAT qualified staff
Responsible and adaptable team members
Our blended approach means that our programmes are flexible and enable apprentices to experience a range of learning and support opportunities in a variety of formats such as online or at a local ACL centre. The apprentice will have a dedicated tutor who they will meet (online or face to face) once a month who will guide them through their apprenticeship and prepare them for their End Point Assessment. Reviews of progress are carried out every 12 weeks with the learner, their line manager and the tutor.
Additional workshops and seminars will be available to all learners to support additional learning and the 20% off job learning requirement.
20% of a learner's contracted hours must be given to support the completion of the programme. Tutor led sessions are a mandatory part of the course along with any other learning activities set by the assessor or tutor.
Maths and English may need to be undertaken in addition to the main qualification depending on previous attainment in these areas. It is likely that the learner will be required to undertake research, reading and write ups to support their learning. The programme requires 100% commitment from the learner & employer to ensure successful completion.
End Point Assessment (EPA)
End Point Assessment (EPA) takes place at the end of the apprenticeship programme and is a comprehensive holistic assessment of the skills, knowledge and behaviours required as laid out in the apprenticeship standard.
The Level 2 Account/Finance Assistants EPA is made up of;
Structured interview - The interview is for a minimum of one hour. The apprentice will be asked a minimum of 10 questions, focusing on their knowledge skills and behaviours. The Portfolio of Learning provides a structure for these questions.
In-tray test - The test provides for an in-tray exercise based on a fictitious organisations's scenario, which replicates the typical work an Accounts/Finance Assistant will have to manage in a workplace.
By its very nature, the Accounts/Finance Assistant occupation demands accurate and detailed written work, including calculations, and so this assessment method is an appropriate and manageable way of testing occupational competency against the knowledge and skills.
What can I do next?
Your tutor will be able to advise on further activities and courses to help you progress further in this subject or to complementary subjects.
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