Joining Moore Kingston Smith on their AAT Level 4 apprenticeship training programme and get your career off to a great start as you study for the AAT qualification while gaining valuable experience on the job, working in audit, accountancy and taxation for a variety of businesses across a wide range of sectors including technology, charity, healthcare and renewable energy.
The AAT programme is a great opportunity for those leaving school or college, or those looking to change career to get started in a career in accountancy. As an AAT accredited training firm, MKS are committed to giving each person that joins the first class training in a personal and friendly working environment, with support from a Buddy, Training Manager, Training Partner and dedicated Early Talent Team.
You’ll complete a comprehensive apprenticeship training programme over 2 years that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to excel in the role and deliver the service clients expect.
Right from the start of your training contract you will be working with clients, getting to know their business and understanding their challenges. You will be encouraged to take responsibility early on in your training contract and you will be exposed to all aspects of a job. Your experience will be varied; sometimes you will be working on projects lasting a few days, other times a few weeks. You will predominantly sit within our audit and accounts team, but will also gain experience in the tax teams.
The majority of trainees will have a generalist experience but we have opportunities for those who have an interest in more specialist audit experience. Opportunities exist within the Non Profit team, or within the Corporate Client Services team who focus on large and complex audit clients.
In addition to studying at college, you will be learning on the job through a range of key responsibilities including:
Preparing a basic set of unincorporated or company accounts with reference to the relevant Financial Reporting Standards/Statement of Recommended Practice and legal requirements
Drafting basic corporation tax computations
Assisting with managing client expectations and deadlines
Supporting drafting of recommendations to management following audit fieldwork completion
Attending client meetings with the wider team
Building an understanding of audit testing and approach when assisting the audit team
Supporting with drafting of close out audit meeting agenda and points for discussion
Accurately and efficiently process client accounting information using relevant software
Using initiative to come up with innovative ideas to improve systems currently in practice with regards to client or staff matters and a platform to be heard in regular team meetings.
Sustains awareness of all relevant ISA requirements and MKS internal policies in producing audit files
Demonstrate a solid understanding of double entry/bookkeeping
Working with other trainees to deliver assignments and assisting them with their personal development
To attend client gatherings or client seminars on an ad hoc basis and to pursue specific areas of interest.
As you come to the end of your apprenticeship you will be considered for progression to the Level 7 Apprenticeship programme. If successful, after two years on the ACA programme, you will be a fully qualified chartered accountant. There is so much opportunity to progress at Moore Kingston Smith. Many of their partners started their career here as AAT trainees and through hard work, commitment and drive have succeeded and are now part of driving our business forward.
Moore Kingston Smith also offers a number of social activities, which is a great way for you to get to know other colleagues and vice versa. Social events at Moore Kingston Smith come in many shapes and sizes, from an annual charity day, sporting events and clubs, informal team socials after work, and the summer ball that has previously taken place at the Tower of London.
Who are MKS looking for?
The AAT training programme is open to students from a range of backgrounds and does not require a degree, whether straight out of college or someone looking for a career change or return to work. MKS colleagues possess an enthusiasm for working in collaboration with their colleagues, supported closely by partners and managers. Their key focus is to provide excellent client service, meaning a ‘can do’ attitude is vital. We’re looking for people who are adaptable, enjoy building relationships and are passionate about developing themselves.