Cresswells Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

Payroll, Bookkeeping and Accounting Apprentice L4 – 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 depending upon experience, rate may be negotiable.
Duration – 18-21 Months
Start date – The course starts in September, however you may be able to start in 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?

Professional Accounting Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting 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 following Functional Skills are part of the apprenticeship framework:

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

Candidates are required to have achieved AAT Level 3 or have experience working in an accounting position in which they have undertaken, bookkeeping transactions and controls, using Excel and Sage as well as advanced bookkeeping processes and preparing end of year accounts.

The End-point Assessment will comprise two components and will be assessed by an Approved End Point Assessment Organisation (‘Assessment Organisation’). Both components must be individually
passed for the Apprentice to be deemed competent:

1) A Portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competence in the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours defined in the Standard, which have been gathered from practical experience in the workplace. This can include outputs from work, independent feedback, observations and professional discussions. The Apprentice must then produce a Reflective Statement that reflects on this Portfolio, either through a written statement, presentation or structured discussion with Independent Assessors appointed by an Assessment Organisation.

2) A Role Simulation giving the Apprentice the opportunity to tackle a series of business-related tasks through a simulation that reflects activities undertaken in a typical role at this level of competence. An Assessment Organisation will set the simulation, ensure robust invigilation and mark the assessment.

The duration including End Point Assessment can take up to 21 months

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

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 knowledge and experience and 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 3 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