Finance and Accounts Apprentice Level 3 – Harris & Co Ltd

This exciting opportunity has arisen with Harris & Co Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers; you will be involved in supporting our busy and growing tax department with tax compliance work to include preparing personal tax returns, liaising with clients and HMRC and completing other adhoc tax related work and day to day accounting duties.

Reference number: VAC1000153424


Wage – £10,296 per annum
Duration – 15 – 18 Months
Start date – As soon as possible.
Posted – 14/04/2023

Working Week:

Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 17:30. Total hours per week: 37.5 hours a week

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

This job description is not intended to be exhaustive, and the post holder is also required to undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.

Update and maintain records both computerised and paper based to a high level of accuracy

To work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the organisation provides an efficient and effective service to clients

Follow company’s policies and procedures

Preparation of personal tax returns for a range of partnerships, directors of OMBs, Sole Traders, BTL landlords and HNW individuals

Maintaining good client relationships by taking calls from clients and assisting with their adhoc queries

Checking tax computations, statements of accounts and tax repayments and dealing with HM Revenue and Customs enquiries

Providing adhoc support to the partners and senior managers in the team as required

Complete VAT returns

As part of your contract of employment completion of the Apprenticeship Training Programme forms part of your duties as well as helping your personal and professional development; the requirements to complete the programme are as follows:

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

Skills and Personal qualities required for the job

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • PC literate and strong computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and other commonly used software
  • Excellent organisational skills and record keeping with the ability to manage/monitor deadlines. Excellent numeracy skills
  • Ability to follow direction and also to work independently as required
  • Ability to establish priorities and manage workload
  • Diligent, accurate with excellent attention to detail
  • Awareness of client confidentiality
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Be enthusiastic, highly motivated and an outgoing individual
  • Must work well as part of a team

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

Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Standard Level 3:

An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role will involve assisting in the day-to-day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. In addition, the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

You will gather work-based evidence to demonstrate the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours during your apprenticeship.

The apprentice will evidence that they are collating and recording data on financial information and performance accurately by applying accounting standards and concepts and will evidence analysis of reconciliation, payroll, VAT return information.  They will need to prepare accurate, management information and use IT packages for this.

The following Functional Skills are part of the apprenticeship framework:
Maths and English Level 2

Candidates are required to have achieved AAT Level 2 or have at least 1 years’ experience of accounting duties and complete the AAT Skills Scan to be accepted on the Level 3 Accountancy programme.

Candidates are also required to already have achieved Maths and English GCSE Grade 4/C or above or a Key/Functional Skills Level 2 qualification – Original certificates are required as evidence.

The recommended time to complete is 15-18 months to allow for confirmation of successful examination results/re-sits.

The AAT L3 course starts in  September.  The day release is TBC.


Assessment will be through examinations in Bookkeeping, Computerised Accounting and AAT Level 3 Accounting.  Apprentices will also be assessed through a synoptic end-test covering the knowledge & skills gained, a portfolio comprising a range of evidence produced in the workplace and a reflective discussion which will be a structured interview.  All components will need to be passed in order to be awarded the apprenticeship.

An End-Point Assessment will be conducted by an external provider (interview, portfolio and synoptic test)

The end-point assessment is designed to enable apprentices to demonstrate that they are fully conversant in the skills knowledge and behaviours expected of individuals at this level.

It is designed to provide assessors with a holistic view of the apprentice, and to allow them to assess to what extent the apprentice meets or exceeds the apprenticeship standard.

You will be required to attend Kirklees College one day as part of your apprenticeship.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There is a strong possibility that you will gain a permanent position following successful employment as well as achievement of the full apprenticeship qualification.

On the job training to further develop tax knowledge and experience

Progression to Level 4 Apprenticeship and/or other training available following successful employment and achievement of the apprenticeship.

Future potential to take CIOT or ICAEW exams subject to performance

Things to consider

Starting rate can be negotiated and will depend upon experience.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills
Attention to detail
Organisation skills
Problem solving skills
Number skills
Analytical skills


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4 or above) essential Other AAT (Level 2) essential and/or Experience working in accounting (12 months) essential

About the employer


At Harris and Co, we take pride in our client care and have been providing a quality service to clients for over 100 years. Our philosophy is to provide an excellent, responsive & relevant service to be pro-active in servicing our clients & needs to provide a service at a cost that is reasonable & competitive; to identify clients specific needs; to provide value-added services in addition to traditional audit, accountancy & taxation skills. Whatever your business, whatever its size, our team will deliver tailored advice, practical solutions & a personal service that will really make a difference to your financial success. We will work with you every step of the way. We have thirteen Chartered Accountants & Chartered Certified Accountants in the practice, & six Chartered Tax Advisers – you will benefit from this wealth of experience & excellent professional expertise.

Closing date: 30th May 2023