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AAT & ACA Apprenticeship Trainee

School or College Leavers

We are looking for motivated and ambitious school and college leavers to join our 5-year training programme to become qualified accountants. Our long-established training program is supported by the industry-leading professional training college, which strives to give the best support possible to help students pass their professional exams and gain their qualifications. Alongside the college, you will also be supported by our technical and experienced qualified accountants office team, who will help you grow to be a valued member of the profession.  

Why train with Hamlyns? 

Hamlyns offers a varied, rewarding and fulfilling training programme in accountancy after school or college, including; 

  • 5-year sponsored training programme, starting with AAT then moving on to ACA – you will finish as a qualified accountant
  • Starting salary up to £20,000 per annum  
  • Varied work with a friendly and supportive team
  • Opportunities for fast progression

The world is open, but most choose to stay – is a testament to the training, the firm, the team, and the clients at Hamlyns. All of our trainees that qualify with Hamlyns finish their studies with more than just the qualifications they need; they acquire experience in the profession that can’t be obtained from much larger firms. We focus on small and medium-sized clients with a speciality in Audit. 

The Training Programme 

You will be interacting with and providing support to industry leaders, as well as seeing how business works through first-hand experience. Soft skills are the part of success that most trainees miss out on – so we make sure you’ll join a professional network that will stay with you for the rest of your career, as well as learning how to deal with scenarios you simply can’t experience in a classroom or as a part of a large competitive team.  

As an approved ICAEW training employer, we will support you throughout your Level 4 apprenticeship alongside the ICAEW, where you will first undertake the AAT, which is a standalone qualification in its own right, then you may be invited to continue your training with us, working towards full Chartered status. 

We have a high record of exam success, and we will share that with you by offering:

High-quality Training

We use the top external training providers and study support to help you pass your ACA qualification.

Mentoring and Coaching

Our qualified staff have been through their professional exams and are eager to provide expert guidance and tuition.

Progression Tracking

Our training and development matrix makes sure you’re on track alongside regular meetings to help you develop and evolve.

Full Financial Support

We pay all the costs towards your exams. This includes training courses, manuals, textbooks, examination fees, paid exam and revision leave, and much more.

What do I need to apply? 

Successful applicants will need the following: 

  • 3 A levels (A-C grade) with a minimum of 120 UCAS points (new tariff). Social and General studies excluded.
  • GCSEs in Maths and English with a grade B (Grade 6 and above on the new system).

All applicants will be required to evidence their right to work in the UK.

How to Apply?  

Applications open from October for an August start. Due to the high number of applications for this role, if you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of your submission then on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful. 

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