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Apprenticeship Overview

This framework is designed to meet the needs of employers of all sizes across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. It will attract new talent into accounting and will help to up-skill the workforce to meet employer skills priorities.

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed. Tasks may include maintaining
relevant financial records (both manual and computerised) and ensuring the proper handling and control of all cash transactions, or performing any combination of calculating, posting and verifying duties  to obtain financial data for use in maintaining accounting records.

Job roles could include:

  • Accounts Assistant/Clerk
  • Cashier
  • Credit Control Clerk
  • Finance Assistant
  • Purchase Ledger Clerk
  • Sales Ledger Clerk

A Cashier is responsible for maintaining outstanding customer service as per company standards, processing sales quickly, accurately and  efficiently, cash register operations and safeguarding company assets.

A Credit Control Clerk maintains a number of sales ledger accounts, with involvement in the entire ledger process, from assisting new  customers for credit limit, through to debt collection and cash allocation.

A Finance Assistant’s duties may include accruals and prepayments, assisting in the processing of financial transactions and in the provision of financial information and producing monthly income cost  reports.

A Purchase Ledger Clerk’s role may include generating internal  invoices to authorise payments, coding and checking invoices, working out any additional VAT payments on top of the basic costs, paying out money via BACS or by cheque, checking and reconciling supplier statements and filing invoices and statements.

A Sales Ledger Clerk’s duties may include setting up new clients, producing invoices and chasing up outstanding debts.

Combined Competence and Knowledge Based Qualification

Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (601/6711/7)

Credit Value: 34
Guided Learning Hours: 210

Functional Skills

Apprentices may need to provide evidence of their achievement of transferable skills in English, Mathematics and ICT in order to be awarded the Apprenticeship.

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Employment rights and responsibilities are evidenced through the FLSP Apprentice Workbook in Accounting which is available from the FLSP website:
http://financialskillspartnership.org.uk/skills-resources/usingapprenticeships

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

For details on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, please visit the latest Sector Skills Council Apprenticeship Framework document, or see our PLTS page for the Gateway Qualifications Personal Learning and Thinking Skills offer.

Sector Skills Council Website:

http://financialskillspartnership.org.uk

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