Assistant Accountant
Level 3 apprenticeship

Who is the apprenticeship for?

Did you know, you don’t have to go to university to become a fully qualified Accountant? An Accountancy apprenticeship gives you the chance to get a head start on your career, straight from school.

Accountants are always in demand, so you’ll be sure of a lifelong career in an incredibly important role.

Once trained, you’ll assist in day-to-day financial activities such as data entry, month-end management accounts or year-end financial statements.

Typical roles that this apprenticeship will support are:

Assistant Accountant
Accounts Clerk
Purchase Ledger Clerk

Trainee Accounting Technician
Cashier Finance Assistant
Sales Ledger Clerk

Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

15 months

AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians)

What will you learn?

Your apprenticeship will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge needed to improve your performance and add real value on a day-to-day basis. You will focus on understanding accounting fundamentals that include the preparation of final accounts, advanced bookkeeping and indirect and expenditure taxes as well as ethical accounting principles.

You’ll strengthen your ability to work collaboratively and understand how your daily contributions have a direct impact on your distinctive business and overall productivity.

How will you learn?

Our Personal Tutors will deliver high-quality face-to-face learning and coaching and provide all the resources you will need to progress quickly. Our intuitive learner management system ‘Bud’ will really bring the subject to life through interactive learning tools, access to complementary online resources and relevant social communities, as well as provide real-time information so that you will always know where you’re at in your learner journey.

This apprenticeship will develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following areas:


  • Business awareness
  • IT systems & processes
  • Financial accounting & reporting
  • Management reporting
  • Ethical standards


  • Analysis
  • Communications
  • Problem-solving
  • Produce quality & accurate information
  • Use systems & processes


  • Embracing change
  • Adding value
  • Ethics & integrity
  • Team working & collaboration
  • Personal accountability
  • Productivity

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Your pathway to success

Becoming an Assistant Accountant is a skill for life and can open many job doors to a long and rewarding career. As a qualified Assistant Accountant, you could work in a variety of areas, industries and sectors.

The natural progression after completion of this apprenticeship is towards a higher-level Accountancy or Finance apprenticeship, or move into another area of the business with an apprenticeship in Business Administration or Customer Service.

If you’re interested in starting your Accountancy career with Paragon Skills, we can help you get there. Get in touch today!


Do I have to find a job first?

If you’re not currently employed or looking for a new job, you can apply for apprenticeship vacancies advertised by employers looking to employ an apprentice, as you must be employed to undertake an apprenticeship.

You can view current vacancies here: apprenticeship vacancies

If you already have a job and wish to gain a qualification in that industry as an apprentice, this is possible subject to your employer’s agreement.

Will it cost me anything?

No. Your employer pays your wage and we apply for government funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to support the cost of your qualification.
Currently 100% funding is available for apprentices ages 16 – 18 and 90% for those aged 19 + (subject to the employers levy status).

You or your employer can call us to discuss any questions you have regarding funding on 0800 783 2545.

Can I undertake an Apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes. If you already have a job and wish to gain a nationally recognised qualification in that role, an apprenticeship is a great way to do it. A great way to start is to visit our employing an apprentice page ready to discuss with your employer or give us a call on 0800 783 2545


Our apprentices are an integral part of our business and we’re heavily invested in their professional training & development. We’ve seen the positive impact that our apprentices have had, not only to long-term goals of the business but in building their own successful careers.

Apprenticeships in this sector

  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    Did you know, you don't have to go to university to become a fully qualified Accountant?

    An Accountancy apprenticeship gives you the chance to get a head start on your career, straight from school.

    Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting
    15 months AAT
  • Level 4 apprenticeship

    In your role of a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician, you will build on your existing knowledge of accountancy from your Level 3 apprenticeship, or other accountancy qualification.

    Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting Taxation Technician
    18 months AAT
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