Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship
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Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship

Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship

Start your career at YPO – Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship


About YPO


YPO is one of the leading public sector procurement organisations in the UK.  Based in Wakefield we supply over 30,000 products and over 100 services to our customers, providing anything from pens and paper to electricity, energy and insurance.  A not for profit organisation, we’re owned by 13 local authorities which makes us extremely proud of our public sector roots.

Our Apprenticeships

Your apprenticeship will last 2 years and will include both nationally recognised qualifications and on-the-job training, as well as the opportunity to partake in our Apprenticeship Pathway – a programme of workshops designed to complement the experience you will gain through working with us. You will be working towards a Level 3 Assistant Accountant qualification.


Working in a lively office environment as part of a team, our Assistant Accountant Apprentice provides support to a range of finance function services within our Finance department, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Financial Management. You will be doing a range of activities including reconciliations, budgetary control reports, updating monthly accruals, invoice queries and assisting in the formulation and delivery of the annual budgets.

What We Need from You

In this role you will be expected to undertake financial administrative tasks, therefore you must have good maths and Excel skills, and be highly organised with excellent attention to detail in order to manage workloads and meet deadlines.

You will be required to work well as part of a team and demonstrate a positive attitude. You must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and have a confident and professional manner when dealing with customers and colleagues, both face to face and over the phone.  You will ideally have previous experience of working in an office, although this is not essential, but above all the commitment to study and work at the same time.  

You need 4 GCSE’s or equivalent at Grade A* to C or 9 to 4, including English Language and Mathematics.    


Apprenticeships are available from age 16.  Students awaiting exam results can still apply, please state predicted grades on your application form.

The Important Bits

As an Apprentice with YPO, you will earn the minimum wage rather than an apprentice wage. This means that you will earn £8913 in your first year if you’re under 18; £12,656 if you are 18 to 20; £16,128 if you are 21 to 22 or £17,189 if you are 23 and over. You will work Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week. 


Closing date for applications is Sunday 20th June, with interviews taking place from week commencing 28th June. Employment will commence Monday 2nd August 2021.


If you are interested in this chance to start your career with YPO, please download the job description and application form, and read through our application guidance pack.


When completing your application, sell yourself to us! We want to know what you can bring to YPO.


If you have any questions, please contact our HR team at [email protected]


We can’t wait to hear from you!


Please note that we do not accept CVs. All applications must be submitted using our official application form. 

How to apply

Download the job description and application form below. The application form consists of Part A and Part B. In order to shortlist an application form, both parts must be submitted. You will not be considered in recruitment process if you submit incomplete application form. Email your completed application form to [email protected]. Please note that we do not accept CV’s. All applications must be submitted using our official application form.