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Finance Apprenticeship Programme

Gain a financial qualification and learn about public sector finance through the Audit Wales apprenticeship programme. The three-year fixed term programme offers professional training with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) from level 2 through to level 4, supplemented with further professional training. 

Salary: £18,768 per annum

Training Programme: 3 years

Closing Date: 13th June

Finance Apprenticeship Programme


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Become an apprentice with a leading apprentice employer in the UK or start on the job training with an apprenticeship training provider. Simply register as an apprentice, apply directly to apprentice employers and training providers and then start to earn as you learn.

Benefits of becoming an apprentice:

• Gain valuable skills
• Nationally recognised qualifications
• Earn a wage whilst training
• Debt free training
• Study towards a degree

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Do you know the different types of apprenticeships and the qualifying criteria for each level? 

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships are your entry level into the world of apprenticeships more commonly known as a Level 2 Apprenticeship. Level 2 apprenticeships offer an excellent route into further education post 16, as an alternative to staying on at school, whilst receiving on the job training and studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

During your intermediate apprenticeship you will study part-time with a college or a training provider, 20% of your training, towards an NVQ Level 2 and knowledge based qualification such as a BTEC, together these qualifications are the equivalent to 5 GCSE's grades 9 - 4 (A* - C on the old grading system). You will also receive a Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English if you don't already have them.

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is great for learning work related skills as apposed to being given more responsibility. This level of training will make you work ready and train you in the hands on skills required to undertake the responsibility of the task and give you the employability skills you need to be successful.

Qualifying Criteria

There is no formal qualifying criteria for a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship however some employers may ask for a minimum of 2 GCSE's to be able to join their apprenticeship programme.


Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships or commonly known as Level 3 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to doing 2 A-Levels and are the next level from an intermediate apprenticeship. Level 3 apprenticeships are great for you to start once you have completed your GCSE's and have attained the correct grades to be able to start at this level.

Starting at the advanced level even if you already have A-levels enables you to gain on the training, of which some employers prefer you to have before starting a Higher or Degree apprenticeship.

Just like an intermediate apprenticeship you will be required to spend at least 20% of your time studying with a college or training provider to be able to achieve the qualifications. On completion of you r apprenticeship you will achieve the equivalent of 2 A-Levels in the form of an NVQ Level 3 and a knowledge based qualifications such as a BTEC diploma.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship many employers ask for a minimum of 5 GCSE's which must include Maths and English, this is why an intermediate apprenticeships gives you these qualifications on completion. Although an advanced apprenticeships is the equivalent of 2 A-Levels some employers may add A-Levels as their requirement at this level also.

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Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships are your Levels 4 and 5 qualifications and enable you to study towards a HNC or HND respectively whilst at Level 5 you can also attain a foundation degree which is great if you want to continue in your studies towards a bachelors degree.

During your higher apprenticeship training you will be required to studying part-time with a training provider, college or university which along with your on the job training will enable you to train towards a Level 4 or 5 NVQ and BTEC diploma along with their respective HNC or HND qualification. Higher apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete.

As a higher apprentice you will be given a lot more responsibility which may include managing people or teams or even responsible for managing projects. You will be supported by your employer along side your mentors and tutors making sure to advise and guide you along the way during your apprenticeship programme.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a higher apprenticeship you will need to have achieved and completed at least a Level 3 Apprenticeship or have 5 GCSE's grades 9-4 which must include Maths and English and 2 A-Levels.

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Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships were introduced in September 2015 and have been receive with open arms both by employers and apprentices alike. Also known as Level 6 or 7 apprenticeships the degree level apprenticeship enables you to study towards a Bachelors or Masters degree.

You can start a degree apprenticeships straight after your advanced apprenticeship level or alternatively if you want to gain more on the job training before the Level 6 programme you can overlap from a higher apprenticeship programme. Many employers are now partnering with leading universities across the country to offer degree level apprenticeships to help advance your learning opportunities.

Just like studying at university a degree level apprenticeship takes between 3 to 6 years to complete you will achieve this by on the job training with your employer and training provider and then part-time study at the designated university for your apprenticeship course.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a degree apprenticeship you will need to have at least Level 3 qualifications of 2 A-Levels, NVQ and BTEC or have completely the advanced apprenticeship. Level 6 and 7 are also a natural progression from a higher apprenticeship.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Apprenticeships

Where can I find an apprenticeship?

By using our simple search function you can find an apprenticeship within a few clicks. Or to narrow down your search criteria by adding a search radius or specific apprenticeship category you can opt to use our advanced apprenticeship search functionality.

How can I become an apprentice?

Simply register as an apprentice by creating a profile and uploading your cv, if you don't have a cv use the free tool to create one. Once you have done this the next step is to find an apprenticeship and apply.

Is there an age restriction on apprenticeships?

There is no age restriction on apprenticeships. Historically apprenticeships were for 16-24yr olds, however you can now do an apprenticeship at any age. An employer may add a minimum age requirement to an apprenticeship as the particular apprenticeship training may require you to drive a vehicle.

Will I get paid during my apprenticeship?

Yes. Apprenticeships are a form of further education whilst on the job training, and an employer is required to pay you for the work you do. The average salary for apprentices across the UK ranges between £15,000 - £20,000 depending on where your apprenticeship is and what sector it is in.

What sectors can I do an apprenticeship in?

Virtually any industry sector now offers apprenticeships, whether it is a specific apprenticeship for the industry or a generic apprenticeship training subject such as Business Administration or Information Technology which has been adapted to the employment sector.

Can I apply for an apprenticeship at any time?

You can apply for an apprenticeship at any time of the year as employers are not restricted to when they can employ apprentices. That being said, some apprenticeships such as Higher and Degree Apprenticeships require you to study part time at College or University, which means many companies do like their apprentices to start at the beginning of term.

What qualifications do apprenticeships offer?

You can gain a nationally recognised qualification from an apprenticeship ranging from a NVQ Level 2 to a Degree such as a Bachelors or Masters. The level of qualification you achieve through your apprenticeship training solely depends on the apprenticeship level you are studying.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships take between 12 month to 4 years which is dependent on the level of apprenticeship and subject you are studying. By rule of thumb the lower the level of apprenticeship the quicker it takes to complete, some Intermediate Apprenticeships start at twelve months and some are 18 months for instance.

What happens if I decide I don't want to continue my apprenticeship?

You are entitled to end your apprenticeship training whenever you like, however an employer may be able to recoup the costs towards your training. If this is the case then it will be a clause within your contract before your start your apprenticeship training.

FAQs about Apprenticeships

Why hire an apprentice?

There are may reasons why you should

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Apprenticeship Levy

In 2015 the government announced

there would be a levy introduced for

apprenticeships to help increase the

number of apprenticeship

opportunities on offer in the UK.


The levy was introduced and took

affect from May 2017 to change the

way in which apprenticeships are

funded in the UK to help both

organisations and budding apprentices.

Apprenticeship FAQs

Are you thinking about starting an

apprenticeship, but have lots of questions

you need answering first. Why not check

out our FAQs on apprenticeships and get

the answers you need to start your journey

to become an apprentice.


You can also find information on the 

different types of apprenticeship levels

and which level of apprenticeship you

should be applying for based on the 

qualifying criteria.


How to write the perfect CV

Before applying for an apprenticeship

you will need to create a curriculum

vitae (CV) to show case yourself to your

prospective employer or apprenticeship

training provider. We have created some

essential tips on how to create the

perfect cv and secure that all important

apprenticeship job.


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