Becoming an apprentice

Skip the cost of university with an accounting apprenticeship: a debt-free route to employment.

Apprenticeships aren't just for school leavers

Apprenticeships aren't just for school leavers

Many people think apprenticeships are mainly for school leavers, and only available for men looking to go into traditional trades, such as plumbing and joinery.

In reality, the number of women starting apprenticeships is in line with the number of men, and people of all ages and abilities complete them across a variety of industries.

Watch our apprenticeships webinar

Watch our apprenticeships webinar

Wondering if an apprenticeship is right for you? Discover how it can fast track your career in this free webinar. You'll also hear from employers, find out about the types of roles you can get and learn how to create a successful application.

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Apprenticeships are for everyone

Watch Lindsay's journey from apprentice to AAT fellow member

Find an apprenticeship

Accounting apprenticeships are open to anyone 16 or older and not in full-time education. There's no upper age limit: mature apprenticeships are increasingly popular for career-changers.

You might consider doing an apprenticeship if you:

  • are about to finish school
  • are 16 or over and working in accounting
  • want to earn while you learn.
Apply in England
Apply in England

We take you through the steps from applying to accepting an offer.

Apply in Scotland
Apply in Scotland

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy: your perfect starting point for a career in finance.

Apprenticeship demographics in England 

Read the latest government statistics for apprenticeships and traineeships.

Employers from all sectors train apprentices

As an apprentice, you’ll be employed to work for a minimum of 30 hours per week in finance and accounting related roles, while having the opportunity to study an AAT qualification.

During this time you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain skills specific to the industry
  • have the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification
  • earn a salary while you learn.

There’s a whole range of organisations you could be working for. From big accountancy practices such as KPMG to national companies like Asda, the government and even small local businesses – they all see the value in hiring apprentices.

Apprenticeships vs university

Deciding whether to study a professional qualification through an apprenticeship or to go to university can be a difficult choice.

Apprenticeships mean you can gain the same qualifications – without the degree – by starting on-the-job training from day one. On the other hand, university allows you to take your time choosing your next career move.

Compare your options with the Apprentice Academy.

We're here

to help

If you're a student or an employee who'd like to become an

apprentice, speak to one of our helpful advisors on +44(0)20 3735 2434. You can also request a call back.

Our lines are open Monday to Friday 09.00–17.00 UK time.