When starting a career in accountancy, more and more people are choosing to do an apprenticeship, rather than going to university.
When heading into an accountancy role, an apprenticeship is a wise choice; as it provides you with the relevant training that you need to qualify, whilst experiencing the role first-hand, in an office environment.
What is AAT?
AAT is the Association of Accounting Technicians, a qualification that ranges between levels 2-4: introductory, intermediate and advanced.
The level in which you will start your AAT Apprenticeship will depend on your current knowledge and previous experience.
Once you have completed level 4 of AAT, you will be eligible to put the letters MAAT (Member of Association of Accounting Technician) after your name, highlighting your dedication to study and commitment to work, thus making you more employable.
AAT is also a pathway which can provide you with many prospects, allowing you to work your way up to the top of an organisation.
What is involved in an AAT Apprenticeship?
The course content that you will required to complete will depend on the level of study in which you start.
Most apprentices start on the introductory level – Level 2, and work their way up to complete the further levels during their employment.
Course units involved in Level 2 are:
- Processing Bookkeeping Transactions
- Control Accounts, Journals and the Banking System
- Basic Costing
- Computerised Accounting
- Working Effectively in Accounting and Finance
How can I Apply for an AAT Apprenticeship?
You can start your AAT Apprenticeship with no previous qualifications, but personally, you must be numerate, enthusiastic, motivated, reliable, and ready to work hard.
It is also essential for you to have an interest in finance, have good communication skills, and be able to show respect and understanding towards others; whether this be your employer, colleagues, or clients.