Accountancy apprenticeships - nurturing the next generation of finance professionals

Our 12-month scheme provides an opportunity for organisations to train and develop talented individuals to start a career in public finance and accountancy. The apprentices will be placed with our partner employers to learn on-the-job and gain valuable skills from mentors across the organisation. In addition, they will study the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 4 Diploma one-day a week.

CIPFA's Apprenticeships Framework  

From April 2017, the apprenticeships framework in England will change and there will be wider opportunities for employers to train finance and accountancy apprentices, from technicians through to professional levels.

CIPFA is at the forefront of these initiatives and is developing a range of services to support employer partners and apprentices.

The guidance document below outlines some of the new standards for the Apprenticeships Framework:

Apprenticeship vacancies

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council – Basingstoke


Key facts

Start Date: 3 October 2016

Salary: 37 hours, £8.00 per hour

Details of the organisation: 

Here at Basingstoke and Deane we like to do things differently and offer you an innovative place to work where you can make a real difference to our residents. Every member of staff has a crucial role to play in enabling the council to go beyond for our customers and communities, to help realise our big ambitions for the borough and to make it an even better place to be.

The council’s focus is to shape the way the borough grows over the next 25–30 years, delivering opportunities for all communities, ensuring our residents and future generations continue to enjoy an excellent quality of life, and providing the right support to those who need it. Having already achieved an exceptional 96% satisfaction rating for our services, we’re certainly building on solid foundations.

The role of Finance Apprentice will be located within the accountancy team, which plays a pivotal role in providing effective planning and management of the council’s financial resources to provide appropriate stewardship, ensure value for money and to assist in delivery of council priorities. The role involves supporting the accountants with budget monitoring, estimates and closedown, and assisting with reports and the extensive use of spreadsheets.

Key responsibilities

General

  • To attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
  • To undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers.
  • To maintain suitable records to complete apprentice requirements.
  • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and employer artner policies and guidelines.
  • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
  • Complying with CIPFA’s Health and Safety Policy and all relevant health and safety requirements on employer partner sites and their client sites.
  • To assist the principal accountants with closing the accounts as required.
  • To assist with undertaking financial appraisals of external contractors for council contracts, as required.
  • To assist with responses to freedom of information and other requests.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties of a similar nature as may be requested by management.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*–C including mathematics and English.
  • A-level, AS level, BTEC or NVQ in maths, finance, accounting, economics, business studies or other related qualification.
  • Second class (or above) degree in finance, accounting, economics, business studies or other related subject (desirable).
  • Any relevant previous experience of working in a financially related role (desirable).
  • Skills

  • Proficient in the use of Excel, Word and Access.
  • Ability to evaluate, process and reconcile data.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to organise work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to deal with dissatisfied customers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Personal qualities

  • Methodical and flexible approach to workload.
  • A positive attitude, good work ethic and willingness to learn
  • Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    Guildford Borough

    Guildford Borough Council - Guildford


    Key facts

    Start Date: September 2016

    Salary: 37 hours, £8.74 per hour

    Note: as a trainee post, the grade band is expected to increase subject to exam success and satisfactory work performance

    Details of the organisation: 

    Guildford is a busy town in Surrey. It is surrounded by spectacular scenery, lying within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an affluent area, crime levels arelow, residents are healthy, and the local economy is one of the most competitive and growing in the UK. The town itself is a principal regional shopping centre and has a vibrant night life.

    Guildford Borough Council is a district council providing services such as housing, planning, cultural and leisure and environmental services to the local community.

    The council has an ambitious programme for the next 5 years which is set out in its Corporate Plan http://www.guildford.gov.uk/corporateplan and comes at a challenging time as the Government’s financial support is set to decrease. We must make further savings and generate income to deliver our corporate plan ambitions without reducing the standard of services. The Financial Services Team play an important role within the organisation in achieving its vision and ensuring long-term financial stability, sound financial governance, value for money and efficiency in service delivery.

    Key responsibilities

    To support the Principal Accountant in the management of the treasury management function and in the preparation, accounting and financing of the Council’s capital programmes and associated programmes such as leasing and renewals reserves. To help maintain the Council’s asset register and to assist with undertaking financial appraisals of external contractors, as required. The role will also support the Principal Financial Reporting Accountants with the financial reporting of charities, parishes and government returns.

    General

    To attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.

    To undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers

    To maintain suitable records to complete Apprentice requirements

    Comply with all relevant CIPFA and Employer Partner policies and guidelines

    Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.

    Complying with CIPFA’s Health and Safety Policy and all relevant Health and Safety requirements on Employer Partner sites and or their client sites.

    To assist the Principal Accountants with closing the accounts as required

    To assist with undertaking financial appraisals of external contractors for Council contracts, as required.

    To assist with responses to freedom of information and other requests

    To undertake any other reasonable duties of a similar nature as may be requested by management.

    Treasury Management

    To assist in the preparation of estimates for cash-flow for the short to medium term

    To assist with monthly reconciliations of interest and principal for investments and debt

    To assist in the completion of government and other returns, monthly, quarterly and annually as required, including benchmarking exercises

    To assist with the daily treasury cash flow management when required and to cover the daily treasury cash flow management when required

    To make CHAPS payments requested

    To identify suitable overnight and some short-term investment opportunities

    Capital Accounting

    To assist with the maintenance of all aspects of the Council’s Asset register to ensure that valuations, depreciation, impairments, capital expenditure and disposals are properly recorded

    To prepare working papers and maintain appropriate records in relation to the Council’s General Fund and Housing capital programmes including:

    assisting with final accounts and reporting

    assisting with returns and statistics, including pooling returns

    assisting with budget and capital programme monitoring

    To assist with maintaining a schedule of all capital grants, contributions, s106, CIL and SPA receipts and expenditure and commitments against the receipts using both spreadsheets and the s106 system

    To provide support in the administration and monitoring of the Council’s reserves

    Balance Sheet Management

    To monitor the Council’s balance sheet, including:

    Reconciliation of various accounts e.g. CIT deductions, VAT account

    Liaison with other officers with responsibility for various accounts to ensure that balances are correct

    VAT

    To assist the Principal Financial Reporting Accountant with VAT accounting including the monthly VAT returns

    Parishes

    To assist the Principal Accountants (Corporate) with the administration of the Concurrent Functions Grant Scheme including:

    Liaison with parish clerks

    Arranging payments of grant to parish councils

    Maintenance of spreadsheet records of grants approved and paid

    Government Returns

    To assist in the completion of various government and other returns e.g. RO and RA forms, WGA return and CIPFA statistics

    Charities

    To assist the Principal Financial Reporting Accountant in making payments on behalf of and maintaining accounts of various charities as required.

    Entry requirements

    • Minimum 5 GCSE’s or equivalent at grades A*-C including Mathematics and English

    • A-level, AS level, BTEC or NVQ in maths, finance, accounting, economics, business studies or other related qualification

    • Second class (or above) degree in finance, accounting, economics, business studies or other related subject (desirable)

    • Any relevant previous experience of working in a financially related role (desirable)

    Skills

    • Proficient in the use of Excel, Word and Access
    • Ability to evaluate, process and reconcile data
    • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
    • Ability to organise work to meet deadlines
    • Ability to deal with dissatisfied customers
    • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

    Personal qualities

    Methodical and flexible approach to workload

    A positive attitude, good work ethic and willingness to learn


    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    Hackney

    Hackney Borough Council


    Key facts

    Start Date: October 2016

    Salary: 37 hours, £9.40 per hour

    Details of the organisation: for more information please look the Council’s website http://www.hackney.gov.uk/








    Key responsibilities

    • undertake a range of finance, accountancy and audit duties, as directed by the employer partner
    • attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations
    • undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers
    • maintain suitable records to complete apprentice requirements
    • comply with all relevant CIPFA and employer partner policies and guidelines
    • maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees
    • comply with CIPFA’s health and safety policy and all relevant health and safety requirements on employer partner sites andor their client sites
    • undertake any other reasonable duties as may be agreed.

    Entry requirements   

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (eg A levels in accounts plus maths or economics – grade A–D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    Haringey Council


    Key facts

    Start date: October 2016

    Salary: 35 hours (six hours per day – four days at work and one at college, depending on the framework) but our standard weekly hours are 36. £7.50 per hour: apprentices are paid £12,983 P.A. (for first six months their pay is based on £7.20 p/h, thereafter £9.40, subject to probation)

    Details of the organisation

    Haringey is one of 32 London boroughs and is an exceptionally diverse and fast-changing borough. It is located in the north of the capital and is more than eleven square miles in area. The council currently employs circa 2,880 people and has a Workforce Plan that sets out how we intend to create an agile workforce, skilled for the future, diverse, motivated and engaged to deliver for the people of Haringey. 

    We have a population of 267,540 according to 2014 Office for National Statistics mid-year estimates. Almost two-thirds of our population, and over 70% of our young people, are from ethnic minority backgrounds, and over 100 languages are spoken in the borough. Our population is the fifth most ethnically diverse in the country.

    The borough ranks among the most deprived in the country, with pockets of extreme deprivation in the east. Haringey is the 30th most deprived borough in England and the 6th most deprived in London. However, it is also a place of great opportunity, with enormous potential for growth – a growing economy, more and better housing and flourishing communities. We are part of one of the world’s greatest cities and benefit hugely from that – but more than this, we believe that, with our potential for growth, we are the future of London. We are already home to institutions of national and international significance, including Tottenham Hotspur and Alexandra Palace. There are many great businesses and fast transport links into central London and to the M11 corridor. 

    Our residents come from many different cultures, but our communities are comfortable with one another and get on well together. We are home to some of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods, but the variety of housing available means that people who cannot afford other parts of the city have been able to make Haringey their home. All of this means Haringey is already a great place for families.


    Key responsibilities

    Placements will typically involve a variety of tasks, including:

    • preparing financial records and statements
    • estimating the cost of new projects
    • reviewing budgets and investments
    • monitoring spending and cash flows
    • allocating money to projects and departments
    • analysing the effectiveness of services to the public
    • managing the organisation's financial systems
    • conducting internal audits
    • governance tasks
    • risk management

    The above list is not meant to be exhaustive but to provide an overall indication regarding the main duties of the post. The emphasis on particular duties will vary over time according to business needs within the specific organisation in which the candidate is placed.


    Entry requirements   

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (eg A-levels in accounts plus maths or economics – grade A–D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    NHS England


    Key facts

    Start date: October 2016

    Salary: 37 hours, £9.40 per hour

    Details of the organisation:

    The London Regional Office includes both the regional office (one of four within NHS England) and the local offices (around 12 across England) for London. The Corporate and Specialised Commissioning finance teams provide four key functions:

    • Support for the direct commissioning of healthcare services, including specialised (mostly hospital) services, primary care (mostly general practice but also dental, ophthalmic and pharmacy contractors), public health and prison health. The budget for these services is c£5.5bn.
    • CCG financial assurance on the plans and activities of the 32 clinical commissioning groups in London. These are borough-based and commission the majority of health services for Londoners, with budgets totalling c£11bn.  
    • Strategic financial assurance on the major service and estates strategies of London Health Economies, covering CCG and provider (hospitals) plans.
    • Corporate finance, financial controls, management and reporting on the region’s corporate pay and non-pay budgets of c£40m.

    Key responsibilities

    • Undertake a range of finance, accountancy and audit duties, as directed by the employer partner.
    • Attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
    • Undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers.
    • Maintain suitable records to complete apprentice requirements.
    • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and employer partner policies and guidelines.
    • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
    • Comply with CIPFA’s health and safety policy and all relevant health and safety requirements on employer partner sites and/or their client sites.
    • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be agreed.

    Entry requirements   

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (eg A levels in accounts plus maths or economics – grade A–D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    NHS Lothian – Edinburgh


    Key facts

    Start date: September 2016

    Salary: 37.5 hours, £16,960

    Details of the organisation: The Academic and Clinical Central Office for Research and Development (ACCORD) is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian Health Board. 

    Key responsibilities

    • Undertake a range of finance, accountancy and audit duties, as directed by the employer partner.
    • Attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
    • Undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers.
    • Maintain suitable records to complete apprentice requirements.
    • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and employer partner policies and guidelines.
    • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
    • Comply with CIPFA’s health and safety policy and all relevant health and safety requirements on employer partner sites and/or their client sites.
    • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be agreed.

    Entry requirements   

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (eg A levels in accounts plus maths or economics – grade A–D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    Nuneaton


    Key facts

    Start date: September 2016

    Salary: 37 hours, Minimum Wage

    Details of the organisation:

    A beautiful borough, steeped in history, well-connected in every way within the vibrant, industrious Midlands. Two historic market towns, three stunning destination parks, a thriving business community, a host of outstanding leisure facilities and a unique cultural heritage; here in Nuneaton and Bedworth we have it all. 

    We have a vacancy for a finance apprentice to work within the Financial Planning section based in the Town Hall in Nuneaton. The council delivers an array of services including housing, planning, refuse and recycling, among others, all of which are supported in terms of finance by the Financial Planning section. This is an exciting time to join us as we are continuing to roll out our new agile working plans and develop our systems to fit in with this new way of working. The finance apprentice will be given an opportunity to gain experience across the whole finance section based on their skills, giving them a valuable insight into the finances of a borough council.

    Key responsibilities

    • Undertake a range of finance, accountancy and audit duties, as directed by the employer partner.
    • Attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
    • Undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers.
    • Maintain suitable records to complete apprentice requirements.
    • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and employer partner policies and guidelines.
    • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
    • Comply with CIPFA’s health and safety policy and all relevant health and safety requirements on employer partner sites and/or their client sites.
    • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be agreed.

    Entry requirements   

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (eg A levels in accounts plus maths or economics – grade A–D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    Slough Borough Council - Slough


    Key facts

    Start Date: October 2016

    Salary: £7.50 per hour – 37 hours per week

    Location: Slough

    About the organisation: At Slough Borough Council we are on an exciting journey to becoming a more innovative and entrepreneurial council. Join us – and help us fulfil this mission!

    The Council is embarking on a number of exciting initiatives that will put it on a solid financial footing while delivering services in some new and different ways. Our new outcome based budgeting approach is at the heart of this change and is transforming how the Council rises to the financial challenges of the present and the future.

    The Finance function is at the heart of this change. We have been integral to helping the Council balance its books in a demanding climate of significantly reduced resources. We have done this by supporting colleagues to see the wider picture and help shape the major transformational projects that are underway. The right candidate will have an excellent opportunity to have real influence in shaping this new and exciting future for the town. Using our new integrated finance and human resources system, you will help managers to come up with leading edge solutions focused on delivering the priorities for the Council and reflecting the latest thinking.

    Key responsibilities

    • Undertake a range of finance, accountancy and audit duties, as directed by the employer partner.
    • Attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
    • Undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers.
    • Maintain suitable records to complete apprentice requirements.
    • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and employer partner policies and guidelines.
    • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
    • Comply with CIPFA’s Health and Safety Policy and all relevant health and safety requirements on employer partner sites and or their client sites.
    • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be agreed.

    Entry requirements

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (eg A levels in accounts plus maths or economics - grade A-D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    LGSS

    LGSS - Northampton


    Key facts

    Start Date: tbc

    Salary: £37 hours, £6.70 per hour

    Details of the organisation: LGSS is one of the largest public sector shared services ventures of its kind in the UK, wholly owned by Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils.  We pride ourselves on delivering quality services to our customers and partners with tangible benefits for all parties.  We have demonstrated that our approach delivers extensive benefits and greater quality of service through a larger, more skilled resource pool.

    The LGSS Internal Audit service plays a key role in providing a range of stakeholders with assurance over the effectiveness of corporate governance, risk management and internal control arrangements and increasingly acts as a consultancy service.  We are currently seeking to recruit highly motivated colleagues to join our team across locations.

    What audit apprentices can expect from us

    • To consult with apprentices in context of organisational needs to provide a wide ranging and challenging placement within LGSS Audit, involving areas of significance to partners and clients  to ensure continuous professional development.
    • To communicate a clear vision of what an apprentice should achieve, and to provide the support and guidance necessary to achieve this, including high level mentoring and coaching.
    • To offer a set of core training opportunities to ensure apprentices have the necessary skills to advance to senior management, including access to senior managers and strategic insight.
    • To provide a talent management programme to give support and guidance ensuring apprentices continue to develop and progress through their chosen career path in internal audit.

    Key responsibilities

    • Undertake a range of finance, accountancy and audit duties, as directed by the employer partner.
    • Attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
    • Undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers.
    • Maintain suitable records to complete apprentice requirements.
    • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and employer partner policies and guidelines.
    • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
    • Comply with CIPFA’s Health and Safety Policy and all relevant health and safety requirements on employer partner sites and or their client sites.
    • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be agreed.

    Entry requirements   

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (e.g. A levels in accounts plus maths or economics - grade A-D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    Guildford Borough

    Southampton City Council – Southampton


    Key facts

    Start Date: October 2016

    Salary: 37 hours, £7.85 per hour

    Key responsibilities

    To support the Principal Accountant in the management of the treasury management function and in the preparation, accounting and financing of the council’s capital programmes and associated programmes such as leasing and renewals reserves. To help maintain the council’s asset register and to assist with undertaking financial appraisals of external contractors, as required. The role will also support the Principal Financial Reporting Accountants with the financial reporting of charities, parishes and government returns.

    General

    • To attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
    • To undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers.
    • To maintain suitable records to complete apprentice requirements.
    • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and employer partner policies and guidelines.
    • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
    • Comply with CIPFA’s health and safety policy and all relevant health and safety requirements on employer partner sites and their client sites.
    • To assist the Principal Accountants with closing the accounts as required.
    • To assist with undertaking financial appraisals of external contractors for council contracts, as required.
    • To assist with responses to freedom of information and other requests.
    • To undertake any other reasonable duties of a similar nature as may be requested by management.

    Treasury management

    • To assist in the preparation of estimates for cash flow for the short to medium term.
    • To assist with monthly reconciliations of interest and principal for investments and debt.
    • To assist in the completion of government and other returns, monthly, quarterly and annually as required, including benchmarking exercises.
    • To assist with the daily treasury cash flow management when required and to cover the daily treasury cash flow management when required.
    • To make CHAPS payments requested.
    • To identify suitable overnight and some short-term investment opportunities.

    Capital accounting

    • To assist with the maintenance of all aspects of the council’s asset register to ensure that valuations, depreciation, impairments, capital expenditure and disposals are properly recorded.
    • To prepare working papers and maintain appropriate records in relation to the council’s general fund and ousing capital programmes, including:
      • assisting with final accounts and reporting
      • assisting with returns and statistics, including pooling returns
      • assisting with budget and capital programme monitoring.
    • To assist with maintaining a schedule of all capital grants, contributions, s106, CIL and SPA receipts and expenditure and commitments against the receipts using both spreadsheets and the s106 system.
    • To provide support in the administration and monitoring of the council’s reserves.

    Balance sheet management

    • To monitor the council’s balance sheet, including:
      • reconciliation of various accounts, eg CIT deductions, VAT account.
      • liaison with other officers with responsibility for various accounts to ensure that balances are correct.

    VAT

    • To assist the Principal Financial Reporting Accountant with VAT accounting including the monthly VAT returns.

    Parishes

    • To assist the Principal Accountants (Corporate) with the administration of the Concurrent Functions Grant Scheme including:
      • liaison with parish clerks
      • arranging payments of grant to parish councils
      • maintenance of spreadsheet records of grants approved and paid.

    Government returns

    • To assist in the completion of various government and other returns e.g. RO and RA forms, WGA return and CIPFA statistics

    Charities

    • To assist the Principal Financial Reporting Accountant in making payments on behalf of and maintaining accounts of various charities as required.

    Entry requirements

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*–C including mathematics and English.
  • A-level, AS level, BTEC or NVQ in maths, finance, accounting, economics, business studies or other related qualification.
  • Second class (or above) degree in finance, accounting, economics, business studies or other related subject (desirable).
  • Any relevant previous experience of working in a financially related role (desirable).
  • Skills

  • Proficient in the use of Excel, Word and Access.
  • Ability to evaluate, process and reconcile data.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to organise work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to deal with dissatisfied customers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Personal qualities

  • Methodical and flexible approach to workload.
  • A positive attitude, good work ethic and willingness to learn.
  • Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    West Yorkshire Pension Fund - Bradford


    Key facts

    Start Date: Immediate

    Salary: £17,372 – 37 hours per week 

    Vacancies: Two positions available. One of which will be in the Investments team.

    Details of the organisation: West Yorkshire Pension Fund is a leading Local Government Pension Fund and one of the UK's largest pension funds, based in Bradford. Due to our increasing shared service with other pension funds we require a Finance Apprentice to join our small, friendly team based in Aldermanbury House in Bradford City Centre.

    For more information please visit: www.wypf.org.uk/

    What audit apprentices can expect from us

    The finance officer's role is a varied one, where your skills and versatility will be utilised to support the breadth of our finance team’s function. A key part of the finance apprentice role will be to provide a number of varied financial services within the pension fund, with opportunities to progress and with support for accountancy training.

    Key responsibilities

    • To undertake a range of finance, accountancy and or internal audit duties for Employer Partner organisations, as directed by the Employer Partner.
    • To attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
    • To undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers.

    Placements will typically involve a variety of tasks including:

    • preparing financial records and statements
    • estimating the cost of new projects
    • reviewing budgets and investments
    • monitoring spending and cash flows
    • allocating money to projects and departments
    • analysing the effectiveness of services to the public
    • managing the organisation's financial systems
    • conducting internal audits
    • Governance Tasks
    • Risk Management

     The emphasis on particular duties will vary over time according to business needs within the specific organisation the candidate is placed.



  • To undertake a range of finance, accountancy and internal audit duties for Employer Partner organisations, as directed by the Employer Partner.
  • To attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
  • To undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers
  • To maintain suitable records to complete Apprentice requirements
  • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and Employer Partner policies and guidelines
  • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
  • Complying with CIPFA’s Health and Safety Policy and all relevant Health and Safety requirements on Employer Partner sites and or their client sites.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as may be agreed
  • To undertake a range of finance, accountancy and internal audit duties for Employer Partner organisations, as directed by the Employer Partner.
  • To attend scheduled classes at a CETC training centre according to the teaching timetable, including examinations.
  • To undertake additional studies as directed by CIPFA trainers
  • To maintain suitable records to complete Apprentice requirements
  • Comply with all relevant CIPFA and Employer Partner policies and guidelines
  • Maintain the highest standard of quality at all times, dealing courteously with partners, employers, staff and trainees.
  • Complying with CIPFA’s Health and Safety Policy and all relevant Health and Safety requirements on Employer Partner sites and or their client sites.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as may be agreed
  • Entry requirements

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (e.g. A levels in accounts plus maths or economics - grade A-D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    Worcestershire County Council


    Key facts

    Start Date: TBC

    Salary: 35 hours, £7.50 per hour

    Details of the organisation: 

    Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire District Councils are running a joint scheme to support local apprentices through CIPFA.  Apprentices may be placed at either at the County Council, a District Council, or could be placed for 3-6 month periods across different Councils.  This flexibility of both County and District experience is offered to apprentices to gain a wider range of work experience and will depend on the best individual fit of skills and experience requirements.   






    Key responsibilities

    Placements will typically involve a variety of tasks including:

    • Preparing financial records and statements
    • Estimating the cost of new projects
    • Reviewing budgets and investments
    • Monitoring spending and cash flows
    • Allocating money to projects and departments
    • Analysing the effectiveness of services to the public
    • Managing the organisation's financial systems
    • Conducting internal audits
    • Governance tasks
    • Risk management

    The above list is not meant to be exhaustive, but to provide an overall indication regarding the main duties of the post. The emphasis on particular duties will vary over time according to business needs within the specific organisation the candidate is placed.


    Entry requirements   

    • Qualifications: AAT Level 3 or equivalent (eg A levels in accounts plus maths or economics – grade A–D). Plus GCSE maths and English (grade C or above) or equivalent.
    • Applicants will be screened as part of the recruitment and will need to show certificates of attained qualifications.

    Apply

    To apply you must complete the online application form.


    Apprentice case studies

    Donovan Bradley is 20 from Potters Bar in Hertfordshire and works for the Greater London Authority (GLA)

    "I started working for the GLA in the finance department in September 2014 as an apprentice. I’m currently under the management accounting side of the business accountants unit.

    "The finance department is split into three teams - business accountants, treasury management and capital finance and there are 27 accountants across the three teams.

    "Areas of work are extremely diverse as I have helped and assisted with the areas of communities and intelligence, housing and land, external affairs and resources directorates."

    Harry Emberson is 19 from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands and works for Nuneaton & Bedworth Council as a Financial Planning Trainee

    "I found balancing work and study hard work - you have to be dedicated. I went to work in the day and studied at evenings and weekends, with one day-release a week to attend college. However, you will get rewarded if you remain focused.

    "The CIPFA Apprenticeship Scheme and the experience gained in the workplace has now put me on the right track towards a career in accountancy. I’d encourage others to take up the scheme as it’s a great opportunity."

    Josh Thomas is 19 from Halesowen, Birmingham. He works at Women's NHS Foundation Trust as a Financial Management Assistant

    "Studying is tough enough, let alone combining it with work; trying to balance the two takes some doing. You need a lot of motivation, determination and will power to balance the two. However, you also need to remember that you are doing this for a reason and it will benefit you in the long term.

    "I plan to become a qualified accountant through the CIPFA qualification by the time I'm 25 and become a senior accountant or finance manager not long after that. My target salary is £40k-£50k."