Level 4 Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Course Overview

Apprenticeships combine on the job and off the job training. On the job, an apprentice will work with an employer’s mentor or line manager, learning the skills on site and working towards the competency element of the qualifications. Off the job, apprentices work with their assessor and have access to resources, such as a workbook, to ensure they learn the knowledge elements of the framework. If the required level of Maths, English and ICT qualifications have not been previously achieved or where qualifications are no longer in date, apprentices must also complete functional skill qualifications in these subjects. These would be completed through agreed delivery methods and support including classroom, distance learning, e-learning and assessor support.

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will have responsibility for creating, and / or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. This will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual’s knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices. This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company, HMRC or the accounting function of a business or other organisation.

Examples of roles as a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician include, but are not limited to, Assistant Auditor, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Financial Officer, Tax Investigations Officer, Personal Tax Assistant and Business Tax Assistant.

Address: North Lindsey College, Kingsway, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN17 1AJ

Contact Number: 01724 709433

Contact Email: employertraining@northlindsey.ac.uk

Knowledge

  • Accounting Option – Knowledge and understanding of the core elements of double entry bookkeeping and accounting standards enable accountants to create and report financial information to the users of accounts.

  • Tax Option – A Professional Tax Technician will be required to have knowledge and understanding of the core elements of personal and business taxation and accounting principles.

  • Business Awareness – Financial information is an outcome of an organisation’s activities in the industries and environments in which it operates. In its simplest form, financial information reflects the transactions arising from the purchase and sale of products and services.

  • Ethical Standards – Ethics and integrity are fundamental to the role of all finance professionals as they often independently verify financial information that affects individuals and institutions that are separate from the management of an organisation.

  • Regulation and Compliance – Accounting and Tax are governed by a series of standards and regulations which must be applied where relevant. A Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will be able to understand and apply professional standards and legal regulations to an organisation’s financial information, and to comply with the fundamental principles of integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care and confidentiality.

  • Systems & Processes – Financial information is created, verified and reported via a combination of systems and processes, such as accounting/tax systems, internal control systems and IT systems.

  • Skills

  • Analysis – Create and interpret information, and show how that information can be used most effectively to add value to the organisation.

  • Communication – Effectively communicate relevant information across the organisation and to appropriate stakeholders in both written and verbal formats.

  • Leadership – Proactively manage their own development and is committed to the job and their profession.

  • Planning and Prioritisation – Work to tight deadlines and respond to changing priorities. Effectively plan and prioritise time and co-ordinate the input of others in order to meet both deadlines and changing priorities.

  • Produces Quality and Accurate Information – Apply accounting/tax knowledge to consistently deliver high quality, accurate data and information in a timely fashion.

  • Team Working and Collaboration – Work effectively in a team and with others, maintaining effective, professional working relationships both internally and externally across organisations.

  • Uses Systems and Processes – Understand the systems and processes of the organisation sufficiently, as applicable to the role. Proficient in the IT systems applicable to the role.

  • Behaviours

  • Adaptability – Willing to both listen and learn and to accept changing priorities and working requirements and has the flexibility to maintain high standards in a changing environment.

  • Adding Value – Actively engage in the wider business, as appropriate, and look to provide information that positively contributes to influencing business decisions. Continually strive to improve own working processes and those of the organisation.

  • Ethics and Integrity – Honest and principled in all of their actions and interactions. They will respect others and meet the ethical requirements of their profession.

  • Proactivity – Takes responsibility. Demonstrates the drive and energy to get things done, even under pressure.

  • Professional Scepticism – Demonstrates an attitude that includes a questioning mind, being alert to conditions which may indicate possible misstatement of financial information due to error or fraud.

  • Apprentices will be required to have or achieve a level 2 English and Maths.

    All apprentices must undertake an independent endpoint assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been developed throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.

    There is no charge to the apprentice

    £8,000 – employer apprenticeship Levy payers will pay the full cost from their levy: employers with 49 or less staff with an apprentice ages 16-18 years will pay no fees; all other employers will pay 5%. Prices are subject to discussion and agreement based on circumstances.

    Call 01724 709433 Email employertraining@northlindsey.ac.uk
      • Course Title

        Level 4 Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician Apprenticeship Standard

      • Start Dates

        Students can start on various dates, usually any day of the year

      • Duration

        Typically, this apprenticeship will take 18 months to complete

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