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CIMA Trainee Graduate Accountant (apprenticeship)

Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust
We are looking for an exceptional individual who can demonstrate their motivation and passion for working in finance and education! This role will be within the central finance team for the Trust, as part of this role you will also provide support and advice to individual schools within the Trust. As a trainee you will get an opportunity to experience firsthand how both school’s and central finance operates and what is the driving force behind it. In addition you will be supported to do your accountancy qualification.

Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust - Employer

Our core purpose is built on high expectations and raising standards. As a Multi Academy Trust will not only make our existing collaborations more sustainable, but also secure new collaborations.

As a Multi Academy Trust, our approach is based on an assimilated methodology to drive forward standards in our partner schools and improve the life chances for children by:

increasing participation and shared provision through partnership

providing clear qualitative and quantitative data to track performance in key areas

improving learner achievement through high quality professional development for teaching, learning and enhanced leadership skills

applying non-negotiables in key aspects of practice to ensure operational consistency

deploying expertise strategically to provide a seamless education at each key stage



3 years

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Job Summary

New Vacancy
Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust

Detailed Job Description

We are looking for an exceptional individual will the right values and attitudes and who can demonstrate their motivation and passion for working in finance and education. Applicants will be assessed against their key requirements, values and expectations. Applicants will only be shortlisted if they can demonstrate in their application that they meet these requirements.


 Undertaking monthly tasks as part of the month end process to ensure that internal management reporting deadlines are met;

 Preparation of monthly accruals;

 Completion of account reconciliations;

 Provision of central finance support to finance teams within schools;

 Provision of ad hoc financial information;

 Analysis and reporting to assist with some annual reporting processes, such as the creation of the Annual Financial Statements, and the AAR.


Cockburn MAT recognises Leeds City Council pay scales, you will receive an annual increase every April until you reach the top of your scale. In addition you will receive cost of living increases in line with Local Government recommendations.

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

In order to access this graduate trainee opportunity you must:

 have completed or will complete a bachelor’s degree (gaining at least a 2:2) or equivalent level 6 qualification within the last three academic years and be looking to gain a wide variety of knowledge and experience in Finance

 Be willing to pro-actively work towards ACCA / CIMA qualification; with the drive and ability to pass exams at the first attempt

Skills required

Experience of using several IT applications and systems to efficiently retrieve and record information to include strong Excel and analytical skills.

Well-developed communication skills and the ability to use them to inform, advise and work positively with all colleagues and deal sensitively with a wide range of project contacts.

Knowledge of and adherence to procedures and legislation relating to confidential information.

Understanding of safeguarding responsibilities and working in a school environment

Personal Qualities

You demonstrate resilience in coping with change and learn from all experiences; applyingknowledge/skills to better effect

You are self-motivated, and deliver work on time, cooperating with others and working as a responsive & flexible team player

You proactively seek out opportunities for personal learning and development

You act on your initiative and take responsibility for decisions to achieve results

You sensitively manage confidential information ensuring the information is current, accurate,accessible and secure

Future prospects

Potential opportunities for the right candidate to progress after their apprenticeship

Additional Information

Training provided

CIMA Certificate exams include:

BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics

BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting

BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Operational Level exams include:

E1 Organisational Management

P1 Management Accounting

F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation

Operational Case Study Management Level exams include:

E2 Project and Relationship Management

P2 Advanced Management Accounting

F2 Advanced Financial Reporting

Management Case Study Strategic Level exams include:

E3 Strategic Management

P3 Risk Management

F3 Financial Strategy Strategic Case Study

Kaplan will only contact you if your application is progressed

Kaplan Financial - Learning Provider

If you are keen to get started in a career in finance or accountancy, we can assure you that Kaplan’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes will be a great choice.

For more information about this vacancy please contact Kaplan Financial on 0203 122 0146 or email: (Ref ID:88102)
Kaplan Financial


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