Employing accounting apprentices in Scotland

Boost your business with Modern Apprenticeships

Boost your business with Modern Apprenticeships

Whether you're hiring someone new or upskilling an existing employee, Modern Apprenticeships are great for your business. They’re open to those who are aged 16 or older, not in full-time education and living in Scotland.

What a Modern Apprenticeship is

Modern Apprenticeships combine a qualification with on-the-job experience. This lets people work, learn and earn at the same time.

AAT is the most popular Modern Apprenticeship pathway in the accountancy sector.

The Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting offers multiple levels for employees to start, and keep developing, their career in accounting and finance. Your employees will develop skills and experience tailored to the needs of your business while working towards achieving an internationally-recognised AAT qualification.

Our accounting qualifications cover three different levels of skills and knowledge: SCQF Level 6, SCQF Level 7 and SCQF Level 8. Typical job roles and salary expectations vary according to the level of qualification – take a look at the qualification frameworks to find out more about each qualification.

Apprenticeship frameworks and qualification details
SCQF Level 6
SCQF Level 7
SCQF Level 8

SCQF Level 6

Ideal for school leavers or those aspiring to or currently working in roles including accounts assistant, cashier, credit control clerk, finance assistant, purchase ledger clerk or sales ledger clerk.

We've found that some accountancy qualifications, excellent as they are, aren't relevant to a practice like ours and this is where we've developed a relationship with AAT because the qualifications are practical, relevant and people can apply them on a day-to-day basis. The AAT qualifications significantly help accountants get the hands-on experience they need.
Richard Lambert, Director at TaxAssist West Edinburgh
Funding your employees' apprenticeships

Funding your employees' apprenticeships

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) contributes towards training and assessment costs. It does this by paying the training provider directly in incremental payments throughout the apprenticeship.

The amount SDS contributes will depend on the apprenticeship type, the qualification level and the age of the apprentice. In some cases, they will pay their funding contribution directly to you, but only if you deliver the apprenticeship internally. This means you’ll need to have experience with apprentices and a direct contract with SDS.

You can still get support from a training provider, but you'll need to pay them for their contribution to delivering the apprenticeship.

Use our Find a training provider service to find and speak to training providers near you to get the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Find out more about apprenticeships and training with AAT