Professional Accounting Technician | Tax Technician Standard | Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
Why this apprenticeship?
Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will have responsibility for creating, and / or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. This will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual’s knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices. This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company, HMRC or the accounting function of a business or other organisation.
The objective of the qualification is to support the learner’s role in the workplace, providing the opportunity to learn and evidence knowledge and skills as part of an apprenticeship. This qualification has been developed to support learners completing the Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship Standard and covers the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the standard.
You must have an employer in place and be in a suitable administration role that covers the themes in the course information tab to complete this apprenticeship.
All prospective new apprentices will complete an initial assessment of their current knowledge skills and behaviours through a skill scan. This must indicate that there is substantial new knowledge skills and behaviours to be learnt by completing this apprenticeship.
5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.
This occupation covers two areas of specialism, accounting and tax. A successful apprentice will have met the core requirements common to both areas and one of the two technical knowledge option requirements. A competent Professional Accounting/Tax Technician, on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard, will meet the following requirements.
The themes covered in the course are:
- Technical knowledge Option 1: Accounting or Option 2: Tax
- Business Awareness
- Ethical Standards
- Regulation and Compliance
- Systems and Processes
What can I expect from being an Apprentice?
- Excellent vocational training
- A salary and on-going support from your employer and GB MET
- In depth experience, insight and understanding of the business sector you are working in
- A clear career path
- The opportunity to achieve industry-standard qualifications and even a degree
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Do I need to find an employer?
Yes, you have two options.
Option 1 - The best option is to find an employer yourself who wants to employ you as an apprentice. Once you have done this, simply provide us with the details. We will then contact your employer and handle all the administration so you can begin your apprenticeship at the earliest opportunity.
Option 2 - The GB MET recruitment team will try and find you an employer. The team will firstly invite you for an interview to fully assess your skills and aptitude for your preferred apprenticeship roles and do everything possible to find an employer with a current vacancy or one looking for an apprentice that fits the role you are looking for.
Whichever option applies, our recruitment team is here to guide you through every stage of the process.
Can I undertake an apprenticeship with my current employer?
Yes, discuss it with your employer and, if they agree and subject to conditions, you can become an apprentice where you now work.
What time of year can I start an apprenticeship?
You can apply at any time of the year. The start of your work-based training is dependent on your employer and all new Standard apprenticeships must include 20% off-the-job training.
What is off-the-job training?
Training that is delivered outside of an apprentice’s normal working duties.
Off-the-job refers to an apprentice learning outside a regular day-to-day work environment but within working hours. This includes:
- Practical activities such as shadowing a more skilled member of staff or ‘off-site’ visits to meet customers or attend a trade show
- Theoretical activities such as online courses, attending seminars and role playing
- Learning by writing reports and work-specific documents
Careers and progression
The Professional Accounting/Tax Technician standard allows student registration with a number of UK Professional Bodies in this sector. If a candidate seeks to become a member of a Professional Body there may be other requirements specific to the relevant Professional Body, which may be taken as part of, or alongside, the Apprenticeship at the employer’s and candidate’s discretion.
Completion of the Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship may lead to the candidate receiving credits towards the completion of the Professional Accountant/Tax Apprenticeship or Chartered Accountancy/Taxation qualifications provided by the relevant Professional Bodies. Completion of the Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship may also result in credits being awarded towards relevant undergraduate degree programmes
Cost for an employer:
For levy payers the maximum funding available for this course is £8000 which will be taken from your Levy account.
For non-levy payers you will be required to pay a 5% contribution (£400) and the remaining fees will be paid for from the government. If the apprentice is 16 to 18 and they start the course before their 19th birthday they are entitled to 100% of the funding with no contribution from the employer.
Wage for an apprentice:
The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to those under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you must be paid at least the minimum wage for your age if you’re aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.
The length of program based on someone working 30 hours per week, undertaking the programme for 18 months plus 3 months EPA – If working less than 30 hours per week, the length of the programme is adjusted in line with hours worked.