Finance Support Apprentice, Somerset County Council

The Finance and Performance Service provides a range of financial and admin support to Somerset County Council in its planning and management of services, obtaining the most effective use of resources and fulfilling its statutory responsibilities.

There are two exciting opportunities available within the Adults and Health Finance group covering a wide range of activities, primarily in support of the Adult Social Care and Learning Disabilities services.

  • Maintain systems to enable practices and procedures to operate to specified standards
  • Prepare orders for goods/services, receive and check delivery notes, invoices and accounts. Process invoices for payment after certification by an appropriate senior member of staff.
  • Check financial information and arrange amendments as necessary (eg monthly downloads and uploading of journals).
  • Deal with general queries from colleagues, suppliers and clients relating to the financial information systems (eg payment queries).
  • Prepare invoices for services/goods provided, receive and check payments, update financial records and investigate debt recovery.
  • Use IT systems to input and extract information and distribute information to appropriate staff (eg SAP, spreadsheets)
  • Prepare and process routine correspondence, reports and other documents
  • Other support to team as necessary.


You will undertake the “Assistant Accountant” Apprenticeship (an Advanced Apprenticeship in Accounting), with full support from Accountancy Learning as part of their Flexible Apprenticeship Programme.

Assessment will be by an “End Point Assessment” and will be graded “Pass” or “Distinction”. This will include two elements:

  • A Portfolio of knowledge, skills and behaviours. These will be built up over the period of the Apprenticeship, for which evidence will be obtained from the workplace over the last 6 months of training and submitted as part of the “end point assessment” (60% of the total marks)
  • A “Role Simulation” (40%). This will include a series of questions based on a case study, or scenario, that requires an apprentice to display the knowledge obtained over their apprenticeship.

You will be prepared for both of these elements by undertaking studies for both the AAT (Level 2) Foundation Certificate in Accounting and the AAT (Level 3) Advanced Diploma in Accounting. These will underpin both elements of your “end point assessment”. As such, it is anticipated that your apprenticeship duration will be for up to 24 months.

You will receive support from both the employer, and the training provider, to complete and achieve your Apprenticeship and will be given time to study during the week on a day release basis. As you are working towards a professional qualification, it is also expected that you will continue your studies outside of normal office hours.

As you learn more in both the office and in your studies your responsibilities, and the variety of tasks you undertake, are expected to increase.

About Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council prides itself on our can do attitude and increasing innovation in the way they deliver public services for the people of Somerset. Working as an apprentice is a fantastic opportunity to start or progress your career within the public sector. They want to learn as much from thier apprentices as you learn from them.

They are proud to offer a range of benefits to apprentices including:

Support throughout your employment: They’ll support you from day one. Wherever possible you will be able to meet up with members of your team before you start and we can  put you in touch with current apprentices ahead of your start date. They also operate a buddy scheme to help you settle into your new role.

Flexible working: Where possible they will offer flexible working arrangements. They offer Employee Assistance and support offering a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle.

DofE development opportunity: As part of your development they are pleased to offer a place on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) to apprentices under 25.

Candidate Requirements:

  • GCSE A* to C in English and Maths preferable, but not essential.
  • Organised
  • Exceptional communication skills both written and verbal
  • Excellent attention to detail and work with a high level of accuracy
  • Confident and polite telephone manner
  • Professional attitude
  • Motivated
  • Team player
  • Empathetic
  • Flexible
  • Trustworthy

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please email a full CV along with a cover letter including full answers to following questions:

  1. What is your biggest achievement to date?
  2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Please send your application to


Working Hours: 37 hours per week. Approx 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

Salary: National Minimum Wage

Possible Start Date: June 2017


Vacancy posted 8th May 2017, it will be closed when a suitable applicant is found.