Walter Dawson & Son

Apprentice Accountant – Walter Dawson & Son in Huddersfield

We are looking for an individual who lives our values and shows that they are passionate, approachable, innovative and reliable so we can continue to offer an excellent service to our clients. For the right person, there will be a valuable opportunity to progress through the company and we believe that the more students put in, the more they get out.


Wage – £5.28 per hour or more depending upon experience
Duration – 15 months
Start date – As soon as possible
Posted – 20/05/2023

Working Week:

Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week

Apprenticeship level




We have an excellent opportunity available at our local office in Huddersfield.

We have been serving as accountants in Huddersfield since 1997. We provide the resources and knowledge of a larger firm delivered through our network of 6 offices throughout North & West Yorkshire.  “We have been advising businesses for over five generations”


Our Huddersfield accountancy team are friendly professional Yorkshire folk who provide our clients with a service they can rely on.


This fantastic opportunity will include undertaking various accounting duties to include:

  • Preparation of accounts, including bookkeeping, processing and completion of tax returns for a variety of different clients
  • Preparation of annual and management accounts
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Dealing with clients over the telephone and by email in a professional manner
  • Produce reports as and when required
  • Maintenance of paper-based and paperless filing systems
  • Working with various databases to extract and input data with a high level of accuracy
  • Use Microsoft Packages in particular, Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Work to deadlines/timescales
  • Dealing with the postal duties as and when required
  • Assisting all members of the team as and when required
  • Ensure that the Policies of the Company are observed and that good practice is encouraged, particularly in the areas of
  • Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities, confidentiality and the observance of clients’ rights and wishes

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by the organisation which is relevant to your post within the company to meet the overall business objectives.


You are provided with time off for study.  As part of your contract of employment completing the Apprenticeship Training Programme forms part of your duties, this mixture of studying and working is fantastic for your personal and professional development; the requirements to complete the programme are as follows:

  • Attend and be punctual for all induction sessions, lessons and work-based training/support sessions
  • Complete all required assignments by the required timeline
  • Build up your portfolio of evidence on-going
  • Access support from your tutor/assessor and manager, as and when required.


Being an employee at WDS has the following benefits:

  • Bonus scheme
  • Additional day off for your birthday if it falls on a work day
  • Talent pipeline programme
  • Quarterly recognition awards
  • Pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Onsite parking

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?


The Accounting/Finance Apprenticeship Level 2 Standard will require the candidate to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours during the apprenticeship programme:


  • Accounting Systems & Processes
  • General Business
  • Understanding Your Organisation
  • Basic Accounting
  • Ethical Standards


  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication
  • Uses Systems and Processes
  • Personal Effectiveness


  • Personal Development
  • Team Work
  • Customer Focus
  • Professionalism

We will be delivering the industry recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technician) Certificate in Accounting Level 2 as part of this apprenticeship standard.This qualification comprises four mandatory units:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping
  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls
  • Principles of Costing
  • The Business Environment

You will complete Online exams and you will be required to attend Kirklees College, Huddersfield one day per week as part of your apprenticeship.

Please send your CV to Nichola at and call me to discuss on 07788 39 00 25.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent attention to detail
Somebody who has a polite, clear and professional telephone manner
Must have an excellent level of numeracy skills
IT literate and have a good understanding of Microsoft Packages
Required to work to deadlines, with good time management
Confident in using email and the internet
The successful candidate will be organised.

Personal Qualities:
An enthusiastic individual
Flexible approach to work in order to meet company needs and key events
Must be punctual as well as having a good attendance record
Ability to work on own initiative, when required
Ability to work effectively as both part of a team and as an individual
Respond positively to the demands of a varied workload
Friendly and approachable
Commitment to undertake continued training and development


5 GCSE’s grade 4-9, including English and Maths A levels, BTECs or similar qualifications are preferred but not essential.

About the employer

Walter Dawson & Son

First Floor, Unit 12, Pennine Business Park Longbow Close Bradley, Huddersfield, HD2 1GQ
Founded in 1886 Walter Dawson & Son are an experienced firm of Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors in Yorkshire who have been advising businesses for over five generations. We pride ourselves on our individual approach to your finances, whether you are starting up in business or already well established. Our personal, partner-led service offers value for money and professional, straightforward advice providing you with a service tailored to suit your specific needs. Whatever the size of your business, Walter Dawson & Son can provide services tailored to your individual business needs. Our experienced and dedicated staff are on hand to support you with all your financial advisory needs to give you more time to spend on what you do best – running your business. If it is services for individuals you require then Walter Dawson & Son can give you peace of mind, knowing that your tax affairs are compliant and in order. We will help you to protect your wealth and to ensure that you and your family enjoy a secure financial future.

Closing date: As soon as possible