EBC Brakes Accounting Apprenticeship 2017
EBC Brakes Accounting Apprenticeship 2017

As part of our future plans for the expansion of EBC Brakes, we are looking to recruit an outgoing and enthusiastic trainee accountant to join our growing finance team. You will work for the different companies that make up the EBC Brakes group with a range of accounting duties.

The role will be based in our purpose-built facility in Pineham, Northampton which houses manufacturing departments and warehousing space. After 5 years in this building, we are now nearing completion of an extension which is expected to open in Spring 2017. This extension will house innovating engineering equipment and a research and development centre.

This is a fantastic opportunity to secure an AAT Apprenticeship in Accounting with an established and successful company. The ideal candidate would be a second year A level student with an interest in finance as a career.

Daily duties and topics that you would learn include:
Year 1. Introductory Certificate in Accounting

The introductory level is where you will develop your skills in finance administration: basic costing principles, double-entry bookkeeping and purchase, sales and general ledgers.

The introductory certificate in accounting is made up of five mandatory units:

  • Basic costing
  • Computerised accounting
  • Working effectively in accounting and finance
  • Processing bookkeeping transactions
  • Control accounts, journals and the banking system
Year 2. Intermediate Diploma in Accounting

The intermediate level will show you how to master more complex financial processes, including final accounts, reports and returns and professional ethics.

The intermediate diploma in accounting is made up of six mandatory units:

  • Accounts preparation
  • Prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships
  • Costs and revenues
  • Professional ethics
  • Indirect tax
  • Spreadsheet software

Job roles that advanced apprentices may be offered:

  • Assistant Accountant
  • Purchase Ledger and Expenses Supervisor
  • Purchase Ledger Clerk
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
Years 3 & 4. Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Advanced Diploma in Business Skills

We hope all our apprentices achieve level 4. The higher apprenticeship is made up of two qualifications and will take two years to complete. The Advanced Diploma in Accounting will allow you to become proficient in delivering high level accounting tasks. You will learn financial team leader skills including financial statements for limited companies, complex management accounting tasks, management skills and specialist learning areas.

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is made up of six units in total:

  • Financial statements
  • Budgeting
  • Financial performance
  • Internal controls and accounting systems

You will also have the opportunity to choose two specialist units to study. There are five options for these specialist areas including:

  • Business tax
  • Personal tax
  • External auditing
  • Cash management
  • Credit control

During your higher apprenticeship, you will also study the Advanced Diploma in Business Skills, which focuses on developing your essential business skills to support you in the working environment.

The Advanced Diploma in Business Skills is made up of nine mandatory units:

  • Working in teams
  • Planning and delivering business communication activities
  • Evaluate and improve own performance in a business environment
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Presentation software
  • Deliver a presentation
  • Organising and facilitating meetings and workshops
  • Developing commercial awareness
  • Managing project finances

Job roles that higher apprentices may be offered:

  • Accounts Supervisor/Manager
  • Purchase Ledger and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Fixed Asset Accountant
  • Payments and Billing Manager
  • Group Accountant

Qualifications Required: A*-C including Maths and English at GCSE is preferred as a minimum. You will be educated to A level standard or equivalent but your results are not important.

Skills Required: IT skills including Microsoft Office; a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel is vital.

Future Prospects: Becoming an apprentice ensures you have a place in our workforce and gives the best foundation to learn about EBC Brakes from the bottom up. You will earn while you learn and work towards your AAT Accounting Qualification. Completing an apprenticeship will fast-track your career and you will move up the career ladder quicker than a University graduate but without the debt associated with attaining a degree. You will gain solid work experience while studying for an industry recognised qualification at the same time.

Training Provided: As an Accounting Apprentice with EBC Brakes, you will enhance your AAT studies with hands-on training, working alongside our qualified and experienced Finance Team as you develop a thorough knowledge of working practises employed at EBC Brakes. You will work for a minimum of 30 hours per week and study for an AAT qualification at the same time by attending one day a week at a local college. You will have the opportunity to study for to Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Advanced Diploma in Business Skills. You will also receive full training on our Sage accounting system. You will join and learn with 3 Engineering Apprentices starting around the same time as you.
You will be entitled to 20 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays.

Personal Qualities: You will be educated to A level standard or equivalent and have an interest in pursuing Accountancy as a career. You will have a passion for learning new skills, be resilient and enthusiastic with a determination to succeed. Your problem-solving skills will be essential in your role as will a responsible, professional, discrete and mature outlook.

If this role is of interest to you, you can find more information on our dedicated apprenticeship website and apply today:


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