AAT Finance Apprentice - 2024

  • McCarthy Stone
  • York
  • £17000 per annum

McCarthy Stone are looking for a Finance Apprentice to join their Northern Team working in their York office. Their exciting and innovative Apprenticeship Programme is designed to attract and develop a diverse range of talented individuals who will contribute to the continued growth and success of their business.

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  • GMFJ Reference
    247337
  • Wages
    £17,000 p/a
  • Hours
    37.00 per week
  • Date Posted
    04/03/2024
  • Start Date
    09/09/2024
  • Approx. Duration
    12 months + EPA

  • Location
    York
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Financial Services
  • Opportunity Type
    Intermediate Level 2
  • Employer
    McCarthy Stone

Description

McCarthy Stone are able to offer this role at Level 2 or 3 depending on your previous qualifications.

Salary: £17,000 - £17,500 (dependent on qualifications) + bonus scheme

Starting in September 2024, this role will be both challenging and rewarding with exposure to a fast paced, vibrant environment. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have the initial skills and knowledge needed for a career in finance along with practical experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

Being part of a cohort of apprentices across the UK, you’ll be supported every step of the way by your manager, our training provider, and a workplace mentor. In addition to this you’ll have wrap-around support from the Early Careers Lead. You’ll get dedicated time to focus on achieving your Level 2 apprenticeship qualification which will set you up for success in your future career.

Your Responsibilities:

What does an Accounts / Finance Assistant do?

An accounts or finance assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business. The accounts or finance assistant is responsible for assisting the team of accountants with junior accounting duties. These can vary depending on the team structure and size of business. An accounts or finance assistant’s work could include basic bookkeeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers, running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct, recording of cash and data entry.

Some of the key tasks you will get involved in at McCarthy Stone include:

  • Working with the Northern Division’s accounts team to produce monthly management accounts
  • Assisting with the monthly forecasting process by preparing analysis and recommendations
  • Attending and minuting operational meetings which review site progress and profitability
  • Assisting with production of reports to assess and monitor site profitability
  • Working with the Northern Division’s accounts team to review costings and perform corrections as required
  • Working with the Northern Division’s accounts team to assist with transaction processing.
  • Working with the Northern Division’s accounts team to perform and produce balance sheet recs


An insight into the apprenticeship role:

You will be shadowing the finance team, gaining a better understanding of the role. You will be allocated tasks, attend meetings with internal and external stakeholders allowing you to further your knowledge and expand your network.

Over the course of your apprenticeship, you will be given more and more responsibilities, eventually having responsibility for specific tasks. You will keep a daily diary of events and your learnings. Communicating and liaising effectively with colleagues.


The Apprentice Programme

We create an environment which fosters the conditions for all members to give their best each day. You will have opportunities to help you to develop, for your own benefit and for the benefit of McCarthy Stone. You will work in an environment where you can fulfil your personal potential, with the support you need to put yourself into a learning mode and the experience and challenges to help you grow. Including:

  • Regular reviews with your training provider, line manager and workplace mentor, in addition to wrap-around support from the Early Careers Lead.
  • Joining a team of apprentices across the country developing and supporting each other.
  • Depending on qualification:

Level 2 Accounts or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship (AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting) it will take up to 16 months to complete this.

Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Standard (L3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting) it will take up to 18 months to complete this.

  • Functional Skills English and Maths, (if required)
  • One-day each week will be dedicated entirely to lectures and studying for your apprenticeship qualification. The apprenticeship will be delivered by our provider via blended learning, combining online lectures and tri-annual training weeks delivered face to face.
  • You'll be encouraged to take ownership and responsibility. We challenge the status quo and empower everyone to share ideas – if you think there's a better way of doing things, we'll be all ears.


For more information about this vacancy please contact GetMyFirstJob Recruitment on opportunities@getmyfirstjob.co.uk (Ref ID: 247337)

Company website : https://www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/about-us/careers/

You will be:

  • Enthusiastic with a genuine interest in pursuing a career in finance.
  • Willing to learn, be self-motivated and organised. You are always improving, open and curious, you learn from your mistakes and are not afraid to fail.
  • Committed to our organisation’s goals and values. You’re motivated to contribute to the team’s success, and you have a sense of how our homes help our customers increase their wellbeing and happiness in later life.
  • Able to work collaboratively within a team and communicate effectively
  • Computer literate and have experience in Microsoft Office software.
  • Located within a commutable distance from our office in York.

You will have:

  • Equivalent of 5 GCSEs, grades A*-C or 9-4, including Maths and English.
  • Some knowledge/experience of accounting or finance would be an advantage, but not a requirement for the Level 2 apprenticeship.
  • To be eligible for a Level 3 apprenticeship, you must hold a Level 2 AAT qualification.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

By the end of this apprenticeship, you'll have the initial skills and knowledge needed for a career in Finance along with practical experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

What is the career progression for a Finance Apprentice?

The general career progression is from apprentice to Trainee Finance Manager. After that you could work towards progressing to become an Assistant Management Accountant, Accountant, Finance Manager and Finance Director.

What is the application process for McCarthy Stone’s Apprenticeship Programme?

  • Submit your application via the ‘apply now’ button prior to the closing date on 5th April 2024.
  • Following this, if you are chosen to progress to the next stage, you will be invited to complete an initial video interview where you record your answers to a series of questions. You will have the opportunity to practice before submitting your recording.
  • If successful, you will be invited to attend an in-person interview at our York office with the hiring manager and HR Business Partner.
  • After this, we’ll contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you’re becoming a McCarthy Stone Apprentice and to welcome you to our team!

At McCarthy Stone, we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our colleagues. We welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.

Opportunities with Apprenticeships with McCarthy Stone

At McCarthy Stone, we believe that later life is filled with possibilities, and we create warm and supportive retirement communities that bring people together to make lives more fulfilling, and provide an environment where new friendships can be created, and there is a feeling of belonging.

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