Accounting apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the accounting sector.

This apprenticeship trains you to work in an accounts department, helping a business or organisation manage their money properly.

Training opportunities

Running a business involves a lot of financial activities, from expenses and bills to taxes and payroll. Accounting is a highly skilled profession, with accounting staff working at many different levels.

Apprentices who qualify as accounting technicians might work as accounts assistants, credit control clerks, accounts clerks, or finance assistants, all helping accountants to keep financial records and prepare accounts.

You’ll learn how to:

  • balance accounts
  • process invoices and payments
  • complete VAT returns
  • help prepare financial statements and reports
  • handling banking and petty cash.

If you complete the higher apprenticeship, you can progress to full membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians. You could then complete a professional accountancy qualification with a chartered body.

This progression can lead to a specialist role in accounting. It’s also possible to enter a higher education course in a subject related to accounting, banking, insurance, or other financial services.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 3 types of accounting apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • accounts assistant
  • accounts clerk
  • cashier
  • credit control clerk
  • finance assistant
  • purchase ledger clerk
  • sales ledger clerk

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • trainee accounting technician
  • assistant accountant

Higher apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • accounts manager
  • accounting technician

Apply for an accounting apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education
Published 5 May 2012