Accounts or Finance Assistant

Accounts or Finance Assistant

On an accounts or finance assistant apprenticeship course, you’ll help assist the team of accountants with junior accounting duties.

An accounting assistant, also known as a finance assistant, is a critical part of the team in assuring the efficiency and accuracy of a company’s financial operations. 

In this role, you will assist the accounting team by doing junior accounting duties. These will vary depending on the team structure and the size of the business. Working with sales and purchase ledgers, completing calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct, and recording cash and data entry are all examples of basic accounting duties.

This job is open to almost any business, although potential employers may include companies, sole proprietorships, partnerships, the public sector, non-profit organisations, and educational institutions. So, for example, you might work for a business, an accounting firm, a bookkeeping practice, or a shared service provider, or you could be self-employed or work for various clients.

What you’ll learn

On an accounts assistant apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Deal effectively with various stakeholders, using appropriate communication methods to achieve accurate and timely results.
  • Correctly input and manage data, using suitable office and accounting software programmes.
  • Organise oneself, prioritise one’s workload and tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Recognise team workload problems and offers to help colleagues as necessary.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment comprises two distinct assessment methods: 

  • Structured interview 
  • In-tray test

Duration and level

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Level: 2 – Intermediate Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 2 Accounts Assistant Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 1, 2022

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