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9 February 2024

Job Title:

Assistant Accountant Apprentice

Employer:

Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Location:

Park House,

184–186 Kennington Park Road,

London,

SE11 4BU

Pay:

£20,000 to £24,000 per year

Daily Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (1 hour unpaid lunch break)

Total Weekly Hours

35

 

Qualification:                          AAT Level 3

Duration:                                  17 months

Units:

·         Personal development

·         Communication

·         Business awareness

·         Tax processes for business

·         IT systems and processes

·         Behaviours

·         Preparing financial statements

·         Ethical standards

·         Management accounting techniques

 

 

How an AAT apprenticeship works:

As an Apprentice, you will be employed, just like anyone else at the company, the only difference is that you spend some of your week studying towards a qualification. Our industry-recognised levels 2 and 3 AAT courses are studied on a modular basis. This means that you will study one module of the curriculum at a time, so the qualification is broken down and easier to manage than an A-Level or degree. After each module, you will sit an exam (online) to ensure you have understood.

 

You will be given time within your working hours to study each module. Typically, we find that employers will give you one day per week to complete this. Your study of each module will be self-led and online (no college). We will provide you with an extensive portfolio of tools and resources to support your learning. These include:

·         One to one Coaching with a Dedicated Skills Coach who will support you with your working skills and behaviours such as communication and problem solving (CT Skills)

·         The dedicated coach will support you with active learning and reviews on a monthly basis and also support with off the job training, this is linked to not only the course but your own work setting, allowing you learn and develop in your role.

·         One to one Sessions with a Dedicated AAT Tutor who will go through the curriculum with you and ensure that you have the knowledge required (CT Skills)

·         Group Webinars (CT Skills)

·         Interactive online Enhanced Classrooms which you will use for your independent learning (Self-study system);

o   Recorded by expert BPP tutors and qualified Accountants.

o   Covers the entire syllabus and follows the BPP materials.

o   Provides an Introduction to each paper, series of Lectures and steps to support you.

·         BPP Hub-Dashboard; giving you a snapshot of time/progress, and the ability to control activities.

This blended and supported approach, enables you to:

·         Use exam simulated software.

·         Study on the go and download the content onto a mobile or a tablet.

·         Download and watch offline, rewind, speed up, based on your own personal preference.

·         Access Tips and hints on the papers.

·         Access a Series of online assessments to test knowledge-based on own personal performance.

As CT Skills is a training provider, all our vacancies are for immediate starts so please consider this when you are applying.

 

IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP, YOU MUST HAVE GRADE 4/C OR ABOVE IN GCSE ENGLISH AND MATHS (OR EQUIVALENT) AND HAVE LIVED IN THE UK FOR AT LEAST 3 YEARS.

 

About the employer & website link:

The Health and Care Professions Council is a UK-wide regulator, committed to delivering high quality, efficient regulation in order to protect the public.  We regulate 15 professions, including paramedics, radiographers, occupational therapists, and biomedical scientists.

We regulate by:

• Deciding what it takes to be a member of one of our professions.

• Approving education programmes which will produce competent graduates who are safe to treat people.

• Keeping an accurate register of people who are legally able to call themselves one of our 15 professions.

• Investigate when a professional isn’t meeting our expectations of safe practice and conduct.

Regulating and supporting our professions allows us to influence health and social care. We share intelligence from our regulatory activities and work with our partners to support workforce planning and sector-wide decision making. We use our voice to speak up for a healthy and inclusive working environment for our professions.

The HCPC is full of talented and committed people with a shared purpose of protecting the public. And while we’re all unique, we share something in common. It’s the values by which we live and work: Fair, Compassionate, Inclusive, Enterprising.

For more information, please visit https://www.hcpc-uk.org/

 

About the role:

The role is very much based around being a team player, who has a flexible attitude, shows initiative, manages priorities and is willing to get the job done. The Apprentice is expected to deliver their responsibilities efficiently and with integrity – showing a positive attitude. The role involves demonstrating strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and adopting a proactive approach to developing skills.

 

Daily Duties:

Monthly accounts

·         Support the reconciliation of the creditor control accounts including salaries and accruals ensuring they agree to the trial balance.

·         Support the calculation of the monthly expenditure accruals including purchase order accruals and departmental accruals.

·         Support the management of the financial accounting transactions and controls for purchase ledger. 

Purchase Ledger and Purchase Order System

·         Ensure purchase orders are raised correctly and invoices are matched to the correct purchase order.

·         Supporting and liaising with users of the purchase order system. 

·         Support the management of the purchase ledger, including processing purchase invoices and processing payments.

·         Responsible for the processing of all invoices and expenses claims. Ensuring they are correctly calculated, approved, and coded. Ensure invoices and expense claims comply with the expense policies. 

·         Undertake reconciliations of supplier statements to supplier purchase ledger accounts.

·         Ensure timely and accurate allocation of direct debit invoices and payments.

·         Support the monthly closure of the Purchase Ledger including payment and credit control, management reports, aged creditors.

·         Support the payment of suppliers and partners in accordance with their terms and conditions, or in accordance with HCPC financial policies and procedures. 

·         To liaise with suppliers and budget holders concerning invoice queries.

Accounts receivables process

·         To respond to queries and complaints from applicants / registrants relating to their financial transactions or records and deal with complex scenarios either by phone, email, or letter.

·         To support the Registration Department on financial transactions.

·         To process applicant / registrant refund preparation and processing it on the Registration CRM system.

·         To act on removals due to non-payment (i.e. Failed / rejected or missed payments).

·         To act on Direct Debit Indemnity Claim Advice (DDICA’s) and Worldpay Chargebacks.

·         Responsible for the processing of Direct Debit amendments / cancellations and payments rejections from DDI and Epay processes.

·         To review monthly balance reports from the Registration CRM system.

·         To ensure Registrant financial records on the Registration CRM system are maintained in an accurate state.

Cash Book

·         Responsible for the entry of cashbook items into the Accounting System nominal ledger and ensuring all cashbook items are posted correctly.

 

Department Administration

·         To undertake ad hoc tasks as required from time to time by the Finance Director to assist in the general running of the Department.

·         Provide cover for the Financial Accounting team.

·         Assist both the internal and external auditors as required, during their audits.

 

Skills:

Apprenticeships are very demanding as you are working towards a qualification whilst working full time! You will need to be committed and motivated as there is lots of self-guided work involved.

 

·         Communication

·         Analytical

·         IT

·         Logical

·         Attention to detail                           

·         Team working   

·         Organisation

·         Customer care  

·         Initiative              

·         Problem Solving

·         Non judgemental             

·         Presentation

·         Patience              

·         Administrative

·         Numeracy

 

 

Desired Experience and Qualifications:

·         GCSE English or equivalent grade 4/C or above.

·         GCSE Maths or equivalent grade 5/B or above.

 Accounting Level 2 Qualification.

·         Some office/admin experience.

Future Opportunities:

The role offers the opportunity to potentially progress into a permanent position upon successfully completing the end point assessment. As this work sits within the team responsible for the HCPC’s Finance transactions, you will get experience of work across a range of different areas.

Future Careers:

 

·         Assistant Accountant

·         Trainee Accounting Technician

·         Accounts Clerk

·         Cashier Finance Assistant

·         Purchase Ledger Clerk

·         Sales Ledger Clerk

 

Please go to https://www.ctskills.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Assistant-Accountant-Overview-L3.pdf for more information.

 

Company Benefits:

All HCPC employees enjoy the following generous benefit package:

·         30 days annual leave plus discretionary days at Christmas

·         Interest free season ticket loan  

·         24/7 Virtual GP

·         Cycle to work scheme

·         Up to 8% employer contribution pension depending on employee contribution

·         Employee discounts on gym membership and a broad range of retail outlets

·         Flexible working and home working options

·         Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

·         Virtual Wellbeing Centre

·         Safe, managed, working environment

 

INTERESTED? Before you apply….

·         Make sure you’ve fully read and understood the advert, the company, and the qualification.

·         Are you committed to completing the apprenticeship qualification?

·         Do you meet the eligibility criteria?

·         Have you explained in your CV/Cover letter why you are applying and what interests you about this qualification?

·         Is your CV up to date and relevant to this role? If you need help with this, please use our CV template: https://www.ctskills.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Candidate-CV-Advice-Template-1.docx

 

What happens next?

If you’re application is successful, you will receive a phone call from our Recruitment Consultant. So, please ensure that this is apprenticeship programme is of interest to you as it will be a minimum 12-month commitment. If you are interested in an apprenticeship but unsure what you would like to do, please contact us for advice: https://www.ctskills.co.uk/contact-us/

After this phone call, you will be requested to complete a supporting statement that will be added to your CV before being sent to the employer. You will then be sent English and Maths assessments and a Basic Information Form to complete. The assessments must take at least 30 minutes and you need to achieve a Level 1 or above to be put forward for the position. You will also be asked to complete a Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours assessment (KSB) to recognise any prior learning related to the qualification.

Job Benefits

24/7 Virtual GP
Cycle to work scheme
Company pension
Employee discounts on gym membership and a broad range of retail outlets
Work Level
Level 3
Employment Type
Full Time
Salary
£20,000 per year
Company
Health and Care Professions Council
Apprenticeship Course
AAT L3
Duration
17 months
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