Accounts Apprenticeship with Joshua Leigh & Co

29 April 2024

What’s the JOB?

Accounts Apprenticeship

WHO is it with?

Joshua Leigh and Co ltd.


159 High St, Barnet, Herts, EN5 5SU

WHAT does it pay?

£12,500 per year, with regular appraisals.

WHAT are the HOURS?

Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.


WHAT Qualification will I GAIN?               Level 2 AAT

How LONG will it TAKE me?                       15 months

WHAT will I LEARN about?

·         Introduction to bookkeeping

·         Ethical standards

·         General Business

·         Communication

·         Bookkeeping controls

·         Personal effectiveness

·         Accounting systems and processes

·         Principles of costing


HOW does the Apprenticeship work?

·         1-2-1 Monthly Sessions (via MS Teams) with a Skills Coach:

o   Active Learning – you will be taught the Units (above) with the Qualification Programme

o   Progress Reviews

·         6 hours a week Apprenticeship Study Time, to focus on:

o   Assignments, revision, training & development activities

o   Hours are agreed with your manager, either split across the week, or on a set day

·         Study and completion of ‘Certificate in Accounting’ (Mandatory Qualification) consisting of:

o   4 Modules, each takes approx. 2 months to complete

o   4 Exams, taken online. Exams include;

§  Introduction to Bookkeeping

§  Principles of Bookkeeping Controls

§  Principles of Costing

§  The Business Environment          

·         Independent Study:

o   You manage your own study time, how and when you study, and determine your own pace

o   You will have access to a range of tools and resources:

o   1-2-1 Sessions with a Dedicated AAT Tutor

o   Group Webinars

o   Interactive online Enhanced Classrooms with BPP , including Pre-recorded Lectures

So, WHO are Joshua Leigh & Co?

Joshua Leigh are a pro-active, value adding chartered accountants/business advisers, who consider themselves more of a silent business partner than just an accountant; they regularly interact with their clients, encourage and welcome questions, and believe it is their role to help businesses succeed. And so rather than just produce a set of accounts or tax return once a year, they also help client’s, and their businesses prosper.

For more information, visit www.joshualeighandco.com

WHAT’S in it for ME?

You’ll be joining a young, modern, relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a newly built office which is all open plan. This position will give you the opportunity to kick-start your career in the accounting sector by providing you with training and experience!

Plus, you’ll get:

·         Training

·         Pension

·         Annual Discretionary Bonus

·         Employee Assistance Program.



This is a split role between Xero bookkeeping, management accounts, VAT, and general accounts preparation which will provide you with a variety of different skills.

DAY to DAY, you will….

·         Support the bookkeeping team

·         Gradually take on tasks including:

o   Basic Xero bookkeeping.

o   Maintaining sales and purchase ledger

o   Spreadsheet reports & reconciliations

o   Data entry & bank analysis

o   Checking supporting documents against invoices

o   Supplier statement reconciliation

o   Processing client queries

o   Completion of bank reconciliations

o   Credit card and petty cash analysis, posting and reconciliations

o   Preparation of management accounts

o   Assisting in administration duties as and when required

WHAT Skills do I NEED?

Apprenticeships are very demanding; you’re working towards a qualification whilst working full time! You’ll need to be committed and motivated as there is lots of self-guided work involved. PLUS, you need to have/be …..

·         Fairly local to our office, say within 10 miles.

·         Ambitious.

·         Well-spoken, with excellent communication skills.

·         Quick and enthusiastic learner.

·         Willing to work hard.

·         Excel experience: training courses are available, but basic functions and a keen interest to learn are ESSENTIAL.

·         Basic bookkeeping understanding such as double entry and assets/liabilities/expenses/income are PREFERRED BUT CERTAINLY NOT ESSENTIAL.

·         Ideally experience of working in an office, preferably in accounts.

·         Good Attention to detail; we are heavily reliant on accurate cross referencing and record keeping.

·         Good communicator; both spoken and written.

·         Able to work under pressure at times and deliver results to a defined deadline.

·         Able to work as a team as well as motivating yourself when working alone







·         GCSE or equivalent English and Maths grade 5/B or above

·         UK Residency (MUST have lived in the UK for 3 years+)

·         Live locally (PREFERABLE)

And what AFTER the Apprenticeship?

You could progress into ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a Finance Assistant (with an increase in salary!) or consider other options, just take a look;  https://www.ctskills.co.uk/apprenticeship-courses/accountancy/


INTERESTED? Before you apply, ASK yourself?

·         Are you happy with the role, company, and qualification?

·         Can you commit to the timeframe?

·         Do you meet the eligibility criteria? (GCSE Maths & English 4 or above & UK Residency)

·         Can you start immediately, or do you have other commitments such as education or work?

·         Is your CV up to date and relevant? If not, use this: https://www.ctskills.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Candidate-CV-Advice-Template-1.docx

What NEXT?

·         If successful, you’ll receive a phone call from our Recruitment Team

·         NEXT, you’ll be asked to write a supporting statement (this will be added to your CV)

·         You’ll complete an English and Maths assessment

Job Benefits

Annual Discretionary Bonus
Employee Assistance Programme
Some office/admin experience.
Work Level
Level 2
Employment Type
Full Time
£12,500 per year
Joshua Leigh & Co Ltd.
Apprenticeship Course
AAT Level 2
15 months
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