Finance and accounting

Are you interested in crunching numbers for big corporations? Maybe you’re interested in how insurance policies work or want to help people invest? Finance and accounting is all about managing money.

What is a finance and accounting apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship in finance and accounting is a practical, work-based route into your chosen career. You will gain the qualifications and skills to work in the field while earning a salary and not paying tuition fees.

You could be working with big clients on the stock market, investing funds for companies, or predicting how much people will pay for their insurance, to name a few.

Career opportunities from a finance and accounting apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in the industry can lead to a range of careers, including:  

You can find out more about accounting careers on the AAT website.

Nick is a finance and accounting apprentice at PGA Tour.
£22,645
The average salary for an apprentice accountant
According to Reed, correct as of January 2023
Over 1 million
The number of people currently working in the finance sector in the UK
GOV.UK, correct as of January 2023

Tayla Johnson, accounting apprentice at RSA

What I love most is the variety of tasks I do in my role. I can try different things, decide the areas I do and don’t like, and I learn so much quicker because I actually apply what I’m learning to real, everyday situations. Balancing your day job and the study side does mean you need to plan and be organised.

Clare Connor, head of learning and development at RSA

An apprenticeship offers a structured and supportive way to develop… My top tip for anyone considering an apprenticeship in the accounting and finance industry is to do your research. There are apprenticeships available across every discipline of finance and all will offer a different experience.
Pros
  • You’ll learn from experienced professionals.
  • You’ll get professional qualifications
  • The finance sector generally pays well.
Considerations
  • Roles carry a lot of responsibility.
  • It can be competitive to get a place.
  • It’s a desk-based job.

Who would suit a finance and accounting apprenticeship?

You might be interested in a finance and accounting apprenticeship if you:

  • are interested in finance and how it works
  • are passionate about maths
  • enjoy working with numbers

You might be a good fit for a finance and accounting apprenticeship if you:

  • are an analytical thinker
  • are good with numbers
  • can work with data
  • are organised and logical
  • can work to deadlines
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FAQs about finance and accounting apprenticeships

Mike Dawson, finance apprentice at RSA

I wanted to be in a practical environment rather than in a classroom so I could apply my knowledge straightaway... Working towards an accredited qualification is also really important to me as I want to know I’m building the right knowledge for the industry, and I’m qualified at each level along the way.

Ann-Fernee Haye, finance apprentice at Lloyds Banking Group

This apprenticeship has finally opened the door to a career for me and that’s what I’ve always wanted. I’ve already got my first promotion as a senior fraud data analyst and I’m only at the start of my career. As long as you work hard and keep building your knowledge, there will always be roles and a need for finance skills.

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