What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job practical work experience with study. This means you'll be earning a salary and getting valuable experience at work, as well as achieving a qualification to prove your skills and knowledge.

Apprenticeships have changed considerably over the last few years. The funding, how you're assessed and your employer's involvement has been reviewed and new standards have launched. We'll explain everything you need to know about what is involved in an accounting apprenticeship, where it can take you in your career and tips on how to find an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are open to everyone

Accounting apprenticeships are open to anyone who is 16 years old or older and not in full-time education. There is no upper age limit; in fact mature apprenticeships are increasingly popular for people changing careers.

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, whilst 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 that 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.

Johnny Morales - AAT Apprentice of the Year 2016

Johnny came to the UK from Spain with just 80 Euros in his pocket; he went on to win AAT Apprentice of the Year in 2016. At the Award ceremony, Johnny reflected on his inability to even say "hello" when he arrived in the UK. After studying English, he got a job with Accounting-Help Ltd and enrolled with a local training provider to study AAT as part of an apprenticeship programme.