Cresswells Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

Payroll, Bookkeeping and Accounting Apprentice L3 – Cresswells Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

We have a great opportunity to complete the Accountancy Assistant with AAT training by completing an Apprenticeship Programme.

Reference number: VAC1000141933


Wage – £10,021.44 to £19,777 starting rate is depending upon experience, rate may be negotiable.
Duration – 15-18 Months
Start date – The course satrt date is September however you may be able to start at the workplace sooner
Posted – 10/03/2023

Working Week:

Monday to Friday 36.25 hours – 9 am to 5.15 pm – 1 hour unpaid lunch with 1 day a week release granted for attendance at college.

Apprenticeship level




The role will include various accounting & payroll administration duties with the aim to develop and have more responsibility during your apprenticeship. The role will include some of the following areas:


  • Processing receipts, sales invoices and payments
  • Processing Expenses, Purchase Invoices and payments
  • Maintaining financial records which accurately record the business’ incoming and outgoing.
  • Completing VAT return forms
  • Ensuring that accounts are accurately monitored and recorded


  • Assist payroll team with duties and submissions to HMRC.
  • Maintain ‘simple’ monthly payrolls
  • Advance to more detailed payrolls after a period of training and progression
  • Organise, distribute and chase payroll year end questionnaires
  • Assist with payroll year ends
  • Set up new payroll client files
  • Archive old payroll files and roll forward year end files


  • Prepare accounts for a variety of businesses including sole traders and partnerships
  • Leading on to the preparation of small Limited companies in line with the Companies Act


  • To comply with policies and procedures relating to safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • To be aware of and support difference and ensure equal opportunities for all.
  • To contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the organisation
  • To attend meetings as required.
  • To maintain constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals.
  • To participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • To recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to support
  • To maintain confidentiality and to prevent disclosure of confidential and sensitive information.
  • Other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by the managers.

Professional Development/Training

  • 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, work-based training/support sessions and AAT lessons
  • Complete all required assignments, build up your portfolio of evidence on-going.
  • Access support from your tutor/assessor, manager and other college staff and attend mentoring sessions

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.

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. 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.

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.

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 and allowed study time – you will attend Kirklees College in Huddersfield 1 day per week.

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 and 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.

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.

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.

Things to consider

Please check journey times and cost of travel – You will be required to travel to Kirklees College in Huddersfield Town Centre to study your apprenticeship. Please contact Nichola Barnes on 07788390025 to discuss this apprenticeship.

The rate of pay can be negotiable and is likely to increase based on satisfactory performance at work and college requirements.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

The following skills will be required:
• Good communication skills verbally and written
• Polite and professional
• Good organisation skills
• Ability to work within a team
• Able to communicate well
• Be confident dealing with people
• Good numeracy skills
• Must be computer literate with a strong working knowledge of Outlook, Excel and Word
The candidate should possess the following personal qualities:

• Be enthusiastic, with a flexible approach to work in a busy, fast-paced environment.
• Should be punctual as well as having an excellent attendance record
• Friendly and approachable
• Commitment to undertake continued training and development
• Numerate and good standard of literacy skills
• Hard working
• Committed


Grade 4/C or above in maths and English or equivalent is a requirement – also AAT Level 2 is required and or 1 years experience in an accounts based role

About the employer

Cresswells Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

12 Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AD
Accounting for success – The Cresswells difference – A good accountant should be a key asset to your business. A trusted member of your team Cresswells is an independent accountancy practice based in Hebden Bridge and Halifax. Established in 1889, we have evolved to become one of the most dynamic and innovative firms of chartered accountants in the north of England. We punch well above our weight. Our client base covers the UK and includes private individuals, start-ups, sole traders, established and new companies of all sizes, and not-for-profit organisations. Our clients have a diversity of requirements and range from sole traders to business typically of up to £20m turnover, depending on the dynamics of the business. From Scotland to the south coast, we have a nationwide client base taking advantage of our ‘big city skills’, with provincial benefits. Cresswells exudes honest, integrity, capability and approachability and real value for money. Unchartered waters? Can have murky depths. We have some clients who have had a cheap job done at an unchartered accountant, and when they got into a mess, we pulled them out of the mire. Cresswells is a regulated chartered accountancy with up-to-date skills and highly trained staff.

Closing date: 30 June 2023