2 November 2023

Apprenticeship Job Title:           Finance Assistant (Apprentice)

Apprenticeship Qualification:   AAT Level 3

Apprenticeship Duration:          17 months


How does the Apprenticeship work? 


As an Apprentice, you will be employed, just like anyone else at the company, the difference is that you will be studying towards a qualification.


You’ll spend a minimum of 6 hours a week (of your total working hours) in a number of different Training, Learning & Development Activities that all develop your Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours in line with your Apprenticeship Qualification. These will include (for example) staff meetings, online courses, shadowing other team members, as well as ongoing coaching and mentoring from/with your line manager. The units covered within this qualification include:


·         Personal development

·         Communication

·         Business awareness

·         Tax processes for business

·         IT systems and processes

·         Behaviours

·         Preparing financial statements

·         Ethical standards

·         Management accounting techniques


AAT Level 2 and Level 3 (industry recognised Qualifications) are delivered on a modular basis, via fortnightly Tutor led group workshops (live, virtual 6 hour sessions) and bi-monthly exams, taken at a local accredited / approved AAT testing centre (location to be confirmed). You will also complete study, assignments and coursework, and a blend of learning and development activities, all, within the workplace, and will be given ‘Protected Time’ each week to do this – so no homework!! This will all prepare you for your End Point Assessment (EPA) once you have completed all the learning required.  As CT Skills is a training provider, all our vacancies are for immediate starts so please consider this when you are applying.


WHO is the Apprenticeship with?




Spy Alarms Ltd

Working address:


1 Sargasso,

Five Arches Business Park,

Maidstone Road,

Sidcup DA14 5AQ




Daily Working Hours:

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

Weekly Hours:


Annual Salary:





About The Employer:

Through our continued growth in the Southeast, we have more than 75,000 active customers and an exceptional track record for service delivery and customer care.


Our expansion through acquisition has allowed us to offer more and better opportunities for our employees to grow. New roles and opportunities are offered internally before being outsourced and we continue to offer both internal and external training to encourage personal growth.


We are proud to serve our customers and believe in our commitment to quality service delivery and positive customer experience.


About the Team:


The Spy Alarms Group of companies now employs over 260 members of staff across multiple sites which present Security and Fire solutions to residential and business customers in the Southeast.

In order to achieve this, we recruit the best talent to join our teams and due to our continuing growth, we now need to ensure that we can meet the demands of our teams and our customers.


We aim to create a supportive environment for our employees and encourage a creative, engaging work culture that truly represents the beating heart of the company. No matter at what stage in your career you join Spy Alarms, you will be met by passionate people, backed by excellent foundations for training, success, and personal growth.


About the Role:

The role of Finance Assistant will perform a range of duties within the Finance function supporting the Finance Manager and gaining knowledge and experience of a finance function.  The roles will spend the first 6 months in either Purchase Ledger or Sales Ledger and will swap to broaden their experience.


And Day to Day? …. You will be Responsible for:

·         Assist with posting purchase ledger invoices.

·         Monthly reconciliation of petty cash balances.

·         Checking staff expenses to ensure completeness of receipts, claims correctly authorised and posting to ledger.

·         Ensuring invoices received from suppliers are paid by direct debit.

·         Assisting with customer direct debit calculations.

·         Posting bank entries and reconciliation of bank balances.

·         Preparing analysis on monthly overhead spend by category.

·         Ensuring all office supplies are purchased in line with company procedures.

·         Supporting credit control team and understanding the group’s credit control process.

KPI’s include:

Ø  Timely posting and payment of staff expenses.

Ø  Successfully complete AAT studies.

Ø  Ensure monthly overhead analysis is prepared within agreed timelines.



Skills Required:


·         Communication

·         Analytical

·         IT

·         Logical

·         Attention to detail                          

·         Team working   

·         Organisation

·         Creativity

·         Customer care  

·         Initiative             

·         Problem Solving

·         Administrative

·         Numeracy



Minimum Qualifications Required e.g.:

·         GCSE Maths grade B/6+ & GCSE English grade B/6+


And the Long-Term Opportunities?

As with any apprenticeship opportunity – if you prove yourself to be a valuable member of the team there could be the potential of a permanent post within the business.


The opportunity to have experience in all aspects of finance prior to achievement of AAT and then a permanent role in either that is the better fit.

 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:

·         23 days annual leave.

·         Paid sickness up to 5 days with 1 day waiting from 6 months.

·         Enhanced family friendly benefits.

·         AE pension if eligible.

·         Attendance bonus.

·         Long service awards.

·         Dress down days.

·         Monthly pizza days.

·         Free parking.

Job Benefits

AE Pension if eligible.
Attendance bonus.
Long service awards.
Dress down days.
Monthly pizza days.
Free parking.
Office/admin, AAT Level 2
Work Level
Level 3
Employment Type
Full Time
£18,000 per year
Spy Alarms Ltd.
Apprenticeship Course
Assistant Accountant Level 3
17 months
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