We are looking to recruit a new accountancy apprentice later this year.  Probably in August or September 2019.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job work experience with study.  You cannot have one without the other.  Both on the job training and AAT studies are integral to the apprenticeship on offer.  You are paid to work and study.

Do you have to be a certain age?

If you are 16 years of age or over and not in full time education and are looking for a career challenge, this may be for you.  Apprenticeships have no upper age limit and you would be employed to work a 35 hour week in accountancy related roles whilst studying for your AAT qualification.  You would be required to attend college one day per week as well as dedicate personal study time outside of both work and college in order to pass your exams.

What qualifications do you need?

Entry requirements for an apprenticeship can include at least 5 GCSE’s grades A-C (9-4 on the new grading system) as well as specific employer requirements.

We require an A or B grade in Maths, and A, B or C in English and a range of grades A-C in other GCSE’s.

What is the pay like and do you get holidays?

You must be living in the region where you are applying for an apprenticeship and you will your rate of pay will depend on your age and stage as set out in the table below published on the Government website:

Current rates of pay

The rates set out in the table below are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage and are set by the government. The rates change every April.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2018 (current rate)



£5.90 £4.20


April 2019


£7.70 £6.15 £4.35


 Apprentices: are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • – aged under 19
  • – aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Example: An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.70.

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • – are aged 19 or over
  • – have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Example: An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.38.

And yes, you are entitled to at least 20 days holiday per year plus bank holidays.

You will receive a Contract of Employment and once you have signed up with a Training Provider for AAT studies, and registered with AAT as an AAT student, you officially become an apprentice.

AAT Accounting Qualifications are summarised below:

Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting This is entry level accounting and takes between 6-12 months.
Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting This is more complex and takes between 6-12 months.
Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting leading to MAAT This is the biggest challenge and can take between 9-18 months.

So, if you are hungry to develop yourself, study hard and work hard, launch a career path which has terrific options and want to gain qualifications, then send me your CV along with a note on why you wish to pursue an accountancy apprenticeship and not plumbing or hairdressing, and how committed you will be to both work and study.

If you are interested and really believe this is for you please email your CV and your pitch to:


Tom Bathgate MBA
21st January 2019