Accounting Apprenticeships
We offer accounting apprenticeships to take new and existing employees from entry level through to qualified AAT accounting technician.

Accounting Apprenticeships (Levels 2, 3 and 4)

Our accounting apprenticeships are designed to develop rounded accounting professionals who are technically competent and have the wider business and interpersonal skills to make positive impact at work, foster innovation and support the future success of their organisations. 

We deliver the following standards, which combine apprenticeship modules alongside AAT knowledge training:

Accounts or finance assistants work in accountancy firms and in-house, assisting the finance function with junior accounting duties. These vary but could include basic bookkeeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers, running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct, recording of cash and data entry

Assistant Accountants support internal and external customers and work in accountancy firms or the finance functions of organisations. The role will involve assisting in the day-to-day financial activities such as data entry, month-end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. Assistant Accountants may also become involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations. 

Professional Accounting Technicians are responsible for creating, and/or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or for clients. They must meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and use their knowledge of business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices. 


Key facts

Accounts or Finance Assistant

15 months

The programme is made up of apprenticeship modules and AAT knowledge training.

The 6-week apprenticeship modules help apprentices learn and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for each of the core occupational duties undertaken by accounts or finance assistants. 

  • Module 1: the business environment
  • Module 2: personal development
  • Module 3: general business
  • Module 4: understanding your organisation 
  • Module 5: ethical standards
  • Module 6: communication
  • Module 7: teamwork 
  • Module 8: use of systems and processes
  • Module 9: customer focus 
  • Module 10: professionalism 
  • Module 11: personal effectiveness

The AAT accountancy knowledge training is delivered alongside the modules above, typically: 

  • The business environment (7 weeks)
  • Introduction to bookkeeping (10 weeks) 
  • Principles of bookkeeping controls (7 weeks)
  • Principles of costing (9 weeks) 
  • Synoptic Exam (5 Weeks) 

For more information see the delivery model.

In-tray test and a structured interview (supported by portfolio of evidence) with an independent assessor 

All apprenticeships embed the functional use of maths and English as well as personal development topics in areas such as equality and diversity and British Values. Apprentices unable to evidence maths and English at GCSE level 4 or above may need to take functional skills exams as part of the apprenticeship. Additional training is provided if necessary. 

People of all ages and educational backgrounds can undertake accounting apprenticeships, but there are some restrictions, the most important of which are: 

  • The employer and the training provider must ascertain that the apprenticeship will allow the individual to gain substantive new skills. The training therefore needs to be materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeship. NB: this does not restrict progression up the accountancy apprenticeship pathway. 
  • The apprenticeship must align with the skills needs of the apprentice’s role.
  • The apprentice must be employed, usually for 30+ hours a week, and work more than 50% of their time in England. 
  • All apprenticeships must take at least 12 months with apprentices spending a minimum of 6 hours per week in off-the-job training. All Damar apprenticeships plan for more than the legal minimum. 

All apprenticeship costs at level 2 are covered within the funding band.

If your annual UK wage bill is over £3 million, the cost of training can be funded via the Apprenticeship Levy. We can help you navigate your Apprenticeship Service account to access this funding. 

If your annual UK wage bill is below £3 million, the government covers 95-100% of the training costs.

For apprentices aged up to 21, the apprenticeship is fully government-funded*. For apprentices aged 22 and over, the apprenticeship is 95% government-funded*. These new funding rules are applicable to apprentices starting from 1 April 2024.

*Please note: Some apprenticeships have accreditation costs which are not eligible for government funding

Most students progress through our accountancy apprenticeship pathway, from Level 2 Accounts and Finance Assistant to Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician. More experienced apprentices may be able to start at Level 3 or Level 4. After Level 4, apprentices often progress to chartered accountant status. Successful completion of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (level 4) grants generous exemptions with ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, ICAS and CIPFA. 

Start dates:

  • 08/07/24 (applications close 24/05/24)
  • 23/09/24 (applications close 09/08/24)
Assistant Accountant

17 months

The programme is made up of apprenticeship modules and AAT knowledge training.

The 6-week apprenticeship modules help apprentices learn and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for each of the core occupational duties undertaken by assistant accountants. 

  • Module 1: personal development & self-awareness
  • Module 2: understanding organisations and their context
  • Module 3: building organisational knowledge and IT skills
  • Module 4: understanding regulatory environment and ongoing learning
  • Module 5: enhancing time management skills
  • Module 6: effective teamwork and communication
  • Module 7: cultivating change resilience
  • Module 8: decision-making fundamentals
  • Module 9: understanding and meeting employer expectations
  • Module 10: improvement proposal

The AAT accountancy knowledge training is delivered alongside the modules above, typically: 

  • Business awareness (11 weeks) 
  • Tax processes for businesses (9 weeks) 
  • Financial accounting: preparing financial statements (14 weeks) 
  • Management accounting techniques (10 weeks) 

For more information see the delivery model.

Knowledge test and a professional discussion (supported by a portfolio of evidence) with an independent assessor.

All apprenticeships embed the functional use of maths and English as well as personal development topics in areas such as equality and diversity and British Values. Apprentices unable to evidence maths and English at GCSE level 4 or above may need to take functional skills exams as part of the apprenticeship. Additional training is provided if necessary. 

People of all ages and educational backgrounds can undertake accounting apprenticeships, but there are some restrictions, the most important of which are: 

  • The employer and the training provider must ascertain that the apprenticeship will allow the individual to gain substantive new skills. The training therefore needs to be materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeship. NB: this does not restrict progression up the accountancy apprenticeship pathway. 
  • The apprenticeship must align with the skills needs of the apprentice’s role.
  • The apprentice must be employed, usually for 30+ hours a week, and work more than 50% of their time in England. 
  • All apprenticeships must take at least 12 months with apprentices spending a minimum of 6 hours per week in off-the-job training. All Damar apprenticeships plan for more than the legal minimum. 

All apprenticeship costs at level 3 are covered within the funding band.

If your annual UK wage bill is over £3 million, the cost of training can be funded via the Apprenticeship Levy. We can help you navigate your Apprenticeship Service account to access this funding. 

If your annual UK wage bill is below £3 million, the government covers 95-100% of the training costs.

For apprentices aged up to 21, the apprenticeship is fully government-funded*. For apprentices aged 22 and over, the apprenticeship is 95% government-funded*. These new funding rules are applicable to apprentices starting from 1 April 2024.

*Please note: Some apprenticeships have accreditation costs which are not eligible for government funding

Most students progress through our accountancy apprenticeship pathway, from Level 2 Accounts and Finance Assistant to Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician. More experienced apprentices may be able to start at Level 3 or Level 4. After Level 4, apprentices often progress to chartered accountant status. Successful completion of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (level 4) grants generous exemptions with ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, ICAS and CIPFA. 

Start dates:

  • 05/06/24 (applications close 21/04/24)
  • 19/08/24 (applications close 05/07/24)
Professional Accounting Technician

18 months

The programme is made up of apprenticeship modules and AAT knowledge training. 

The 6-week apprenticeship modules help apprentices learn and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for each of the core occupational duties undertaken by professional accounting technicians. 

  • Module 1: introduction to personal development 
  • Module 2: your organisation, role and relevant regulations
  • Module 3: communicate in a business environment
  • Module 4: professional ethics in a business environment
  • Module 5: effective report writing
  • Module 6: evaluating and improving your performance
  • Module 7: working in teams
  • Module 8: exceeding expectations
  • Module 9: internal audit
  • Module 10: continuous improvement

AAT accountancy knowledge training is delivered alongside the modules above, typically: 

  • Business tax (11 weeks)
  • Personal tax (10 weeks)
  • Drafting and interpreting financial statements (16 weeks)
  • Applied management accounting (15 weeks)
  • Internal accounting systems and controls (10 weeks)

For more information see the delivery model.

Role simulation (AAT Synoptic Exam) and a structured interview (supported by portfolio of evidence) with an independent assessor. 

All apprenticeships embed the functional use of maths and English as well as personal development topics in areas such as equality and diversity and British Values. Apprentices unable to evidence maths and English at GCSE level 4 or above may need to take functional skills exams as part of the apprenticeship. Additional training is provided if necessary. 

People of all ages and educational backgrounds can undertake accounting apprenticeships, but there are some restrictions, the most important of which are: 

  • The employer and the training provider must ascertain that the apprenticeship will allow the individual to gain substantive new skills. The training therefore needs to be materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeship. NB: this does not restrict progression up the accountancy apprenticeship pathway. 
  • The apprenticeship must align with the skills needs of the apprentice’s role.
  • The apprentice must be employed, usually for 30+ hours a week, and work more than 50% of their time in England. 
  • All apprenticeships must take at least 12 months with apprentices spending a minimum of 6 hours per week in off-the-job training. All Damar apprenticeships plan for more than the legal minimum. 

If your annual UK wage bill is over £3 million, the cost of training can be funded via the Apprenticeship Levy. We can help you navigate your Apprenticeship Service account to access this funding. 

If your annual UK wage bill is below £3 million, the government covers 95-100% of the training costs.

For apprentices aged up to 21, the apprenticeship is fully government-funded*. For apprentices aged 22 and over, the apprenticeship is 95% government-funded*. These new funding rules are applicable to apprentices starting from 1 April 2024.

*Please note: Some apprenticeships have accreditation costs which are not eligible for government funding

Most students progress through our accountancy apprenticeship pathway, from Level 2 Accounts and Finance Assistant to Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician. More experienced apprentices may be able to start at Level 3 or Level 4. After Level 4, apprentices often progress to chartered accountant status. Successful completion of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (level 4) grants generous exemptions with ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, ICAS and CIPFA. 

Start dates:

  • 12/08/24 (applications close 28/06/24)

Employers: Make an enquiry today to discuss how Damar's accounting apprenticeships can benefit your organisation

Delivery model

  • Pre-work: Usually, reading or video content relating to the module.
  • Main learning: Self-directed, interactive content on our online learning platform.
  • Individual learning activity: An activity brief will be provided for the apprentice as introduced in the group coaching session. The student will work through the activity brief, building their evidence to support the portfolio and end point assessment. Importantly, this final activity allows the apprentice to embed and contextualise their learning. 
  • 1:1 Coaching visit: Every five/six weeks, where work completed and feedback are reviewed and, if it is to the right standard, the module will be signed off. It is also an opportunity to review progress and discuss personal development with the apprentice.
  • Review meeting: Takes place with the apprentice and their supervisor every 10/12 weeks, immediately after a coaching visit, providing a further opportunity to review progress. Outside of review meetings, employers also have access to our bespoke systems which enable easy tracking and monitoring of apprentice progress.
  • AAT knowledge content: Underpinned by live workshops, delivered by sector experts, and high-quality online resources. Apprentices are tasked with completing their knowledge learning prior to the relevant workshop. All AAT knowledge units are assessed via exams, which are booked by Damar and can be undertaken at a local AAT exam centre.

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