Employing accounting apprentices in Wales

Boost your business with apprenticeships

Boost your business with apprenticeships

Whether you're hiring someone new or upskilling an existing employee, 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 Wales.

What an apprenticeship is

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 apprenticeship pathway in the accountancy sector.

The 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. 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
Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)
Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Higher Level Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)

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.

At Audit Wales, we value the impact apprentices have had on our organisation, bringing energy and a fresh perspective into the workplace. There is an inevitable investment in time needed to support an apprentice, but being part of an apprentice’s journey to achieve their ambition of becoming a finance professional is immensely rewarding for everyone involved.
Sian Grainger, Graduate Trainee and Apprenticeship Coordinator, Audit Wales
Funding your employees' apprenticeships

Funding your employees' apprenticeships

There are two costs associated with an apprenticeship:

  • the apprentice's wage: you're responsible for paying this
  • the cost of training: the Welsh government covers most of the training costs and works with external training providers to manage, deliver and assess all apprenticeship.

It's important to work with a training provider at a very early stage in the process. They can provide help, support and guidance.

Use our Find a training provider service to find training providers near you to agree a flexible approach that meets your business's needs.

You can also see the GOV.Wales site for a full guide to funding and eligibility.

Find out more about apprenticeships and training with AAT