AAT Foundation in Accounting

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Apprenticeships during COVID-19**
In line with Government guidance we are now offering Pre-Apprenticeship training remotely until further notice, please see here for more information and updates. Even with restrictions in place, we can help you get ready for a successful career in Accountancy with an Apprenticeship.
If you’re looking to start a career as an Accountant or Finance Assistant, our AAT Foundation in Accounting can give you the skills and experience you need to kick-start your career.

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2

AAT Foundation Certificate in AccountingDuration: Full time Apprentices will spend 12-16 months on this programme, working towards the Apprenticeship standards with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.
Course Content: The AAT Foundation Accounting Apprenticeship (Level 2)  will develop student’s accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. Students will learn to use accounting software and to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace.
Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and an understanding of the business environment, all of which are covered by this qualification.


Accounting Apprentice Job Role:

An Accounts/Finance Assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business.
Duties can include:

  • Maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business.
  • Assisting the team of accountants with junior accounting duties.
  • Basic bookkeeping activities
  • Working with sales and purchase ledgers
  • Running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correc
  • Recording of cash and data entry

Required skills of an Apprentice Accountant

  • The ability to examine data to identify issues
  • The ability to reconcile data to minimise the chance of errors
  • The ability to plan and review work
  • Recognise and rectifies errors
  • Great customer service skills

Applying for Accounting Apprenticeships

St Helens Chamber work with local businesses to secure vacancies with top companies, giving you the best start in your career. All trainees at St Helens Chamber will go through employability training and will know exactly what is expected of them in the workplace.
Once trainees are deemed ready to go into the workplace, or are “Chamber Approved”, they will have access to our pool of exclusive vacancies with top local companies.
Take a look through our current Apprenticeship vacancies to see all our live roles.

Hear from one of our Finance Apprentices..

Leanne Carey Livesey SpottiswoodLeanne Carey – Apprentice Finance Assistant at Livesey Spottiswood 
Leanne Carey successfully completed one of St Helens Chamber’s Fast Track to an Apprenticeship courses and has now taken up the role of Finance and Administration Apprentice at Livesey Spottiswood.
“I would definitely recommend a Fast Track to an Apprenticeship course to anyone wanting to get ready for work and anyone who would rather learn on the job than in a classroom; I’ve already told one of my friends to sign up for the next course!
Read Leanne’s story
If you’d like to know more, email us at or call on 01744 742045 and we will be in touch with more information.