Professional Accounting Technician | Tax Technician Standard | Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

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Course Code: AP0378 Course Type: Apprenticeships Duration: 18 to 24 months learning and up to 3 months for End Point Assessment (EPA) Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements section Assessment: Apprentices will sit a synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained. You will be expected to complete the End Point Assessment (EPA), consisting of: An online assessment and submission of a portfolio which you must then reflect on through a written statement or professional discussion.

Why this apprenticeship?

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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.

This flexible apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom. 

The objective of the qualification is to support the learner’s role in the workplace, providing the opportunity to learn and evidence knowledge 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.

Please note: classroom attendance is fortnightly. 

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus apprenticeships, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, apprentices are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place. Some of the regular ‘On Campus’ lessons can be replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.


What levels are available?

Wages

Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.


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Entry requirements

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.

You must have a sound knowledge of accounting principles to undertake the AAT Level 4 programme. Achievement of an AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting is essential.

Entry requirements

Course content

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

For more detailed information please see

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/professional-accounting-taxation-technician/

Further information

What is the study method?

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this apprenticeship through our Online and On Campus model. Apprentices will attend college once every two weeks and will study online materials during allotted time at work.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop - meaning apprentices can fit their study around work commitments, minimising disruption in the Assessment/examsworkplace. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, apprentices benefit from face-to-face classes at college with an experienced tutor. A combination of classroom-based lessons, group exercises and discussion encourage apprentices to apply theory to real-life workplace situations.

This modern, flexible approach to apprenticeship training empowers learners, minimises disruption to employers, and delivers tangible results in the workplace.

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.

Careers and progression

Course fees

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.

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