Summer 2024 Trainee vacancies (AAT and ACA)

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Westcotts is a Top 50+50 Accountancy Practice and Top 50 apprenticeship employer with over 280 team members based across Devon and Somerset.

We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2024 AAT and ACA trainee intake.

The Association of Accounting Technicians, (AAT), is a professional qualification which can help you to achieve a rewarding career in accountancy. Studying for Level 3 and Level 4 AAT apprenticeship qualifications includes learning the fundamentals of bookkeeping and accounting standards, as well as personal and business tax.

The ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It is valued around the world in business, practice and the public sector.

We will not only offer you support and mentoring throughout your training, but we will also fund the training and pay you your normal salary on the days you attend classes whilst also receiving regular pay reviews.

When not studying you will be gaining valuable work experience supporting the Partner and other areas across the Firm in providing a range of services and advice to our clients.

This job description summarises the main duties and responsibilities of the post, however the list is not exhaustive as the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties and projects of similar level and responsibility.

Attributes, Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Ideally the successful candidate will have the following attributes, skills, experience and qualifications.

  • Analytical, methodical and numerical
  • Outgoing, socially confident and emotionally controlled
  • A positive attitude, friendly and personable
  • Resilient, able to multi-task and work independently / flexibly
  • Adaptable, organised and conscientious
  • Takes the initiative, ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Professional and team orientated in approach
  • A strong interest in Tax
  • Good working knowledge of Word and Excel
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven accuracy and an eye for detail
  • Ability to learn new IT skills quickly
  • As the role requires the ability to study and pass formal exams, we would look for a strong track record in obtaining qualifications often indicated by strong results in GCSE’s, A-levels (or equivalent), however other academic history will also be considered

Terms / Benefits

  • 36.25 hours / 5 days per week
  • Annual salary review and regular salary reviews whilst training
  • 20 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 25 days plus bank holidays after 3 years’ service
  • Opportunity to carry over 1 week’s holiday into the following holiday year
  • Death in service 3 x annual salary
  • Access to Westfield Rewards and Health scheme
  • 24-hour external Employee Assistance Programme helpline
  • Flexible benefits including Buy and Sell holiday, Cycle to Work, Payroll Charity Giving and Private Medical Insurance
  • Introducing clients and staff commission schemes
  • Pension 3% rising to 4% (but matched up to 6%) after 4 years’ service
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay after one years’ service

Opportunities to later progress and gain further qualifications are available for the right candidates.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please upload your CV along with a covering letter providing information on why you feel you would be suitable for the role in particular in regards to the desired attributes, skills, experience and qualifications.

Please also state your preferred qualification, office location, current salary (if applicable), salary expectations and notice period.

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