Accountancy | Advisory | Audit | Tax

AAT accounting apprenticeships

Accountancy | Advisory | Audit | Tax

Why do an AAT accountancy apprenticeship with us?

AAT accountancy apprenticeships are level 3 and 4 qualifications, they are perfect for school leavers or career changers who left education at 18.

You’ll be supported to achieve the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) professional qualification via an apprenticeship. Each level takes approximately 15 months.
  • You’ll earn while you learn

  • We fund your training and professional qualifications

  • The work is really varied – no two days are the same

  • You’ll feel supported by your team and your fellow trainees
    • We’re a large firm able to offer great career progression opportunities


    • You don’t need a degree


    • You can live and work in the stunning South West

What do I need to apply?

  • 112 UCAS points, with GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/grade C or above


  • You’ll need to feel comfortable working with numbers, but we’ll teach you everything you need to know – for now we’re looking for aptitude and a willingness to learn!
  • You’ll need great written and oral communication skills to build trusted relationships with clients
  • You’ll need to be personable, outgoing and ready to ask questions

Read more about our recruitment process here.

What will I be doing?

It’s likely you’ll join us in one of our Business Advisory teams, but you could join in Audit. You will learn all you need to know to gain your professional qualification and become a qualified accountant. We’re the largest independent chartered accountancy firm in the South West, so you have the opportunity to specialise or pursue a broader role.

Two AAT accountancy apprentices working at a desk - one is using a laptop and the other is on the phone
Business Advisory
Go broad. Help our clients prepare year-end accounts, management accounts, forecasts and projections. Get involved in areas such as company and business taxation, company secretarial matters and VAT returns.
You’ll typically work in a team at a client’s premises. Our audit team actively keep clients up to speed on technical changes and developments, financial reporting, corporate governance and other issues.

As an AAT apprentice, you’ll learn the fundamentals of bookkeeping and accounting, get into the more advanced areas of managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as personal and corporate tax.

You’ll do lots of on-the-job training, supported by day release for study – either online, with a local training provider or a blend of both.

If you want to continue to develop once you’ve achieved your AAT qualification, we can support you with further professional training. You can move on to the ACA qualification to become a Chartered Accountant or the CTA route to become a Chartered Tax Advisor. Both are level 7 qualifications, equivalent to a Master’s degree at university. Again, with these routes you earn while you learn and we fund your studies.

Entering the world of work can be daunting – we’re here to support you. We encourage a strong sense of belonging with an open, caring team culture, so everyone feels valued and respected.

As you start your career, we understand that making friends and having a great social life are important and you’ll get that here. There are lots of socials, team days and volunteering days. You really can love your job and live your life.

PKF Francis Clark rank 28th on the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list for 2023, compiled by the Department for Education.

How does an apprenticeship work?

Your training programme

During your first few weeks with us, you’ll be introduced to the firm, our systems, your department and your new colleagues. You’ll also undertake some essential training.

Following your induction, your training will quickly start to build a breadth and depth of experience, and in addition there are opportunities to do a placement with another department. Our internal training brilliantly complements your professional accountancy training.

As an AAT trainee you’ll spend 20% of your time training with an external training provider, this could be in person or online. Outside of the sessions you’ll have access to a tutor to get one-to-one support with any queries.

Level three and level four take around 15 months each to complete. If you join us without prior accounting experience, you’ll start with level two bookkeeping. See the AAT website for the latest syllabus.

You’ll be assessed through exams which are sat in person and the firm pays for your exams and training. You are expected to do independent study in your own time. This varies by person but is typically around five hours per week.

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We’ve always got new job opportunities in the pipeline.
You can email [email protected] outlining your experience and what you’re looking for and we’ll be in touch.
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Our commitment to hybrid work means that our people have the option to work in any of our offices at any time, and to spend some time working at home (or wherever they want to work!). The exact details of what hybrid working looks like varies from person to person, depending on the exact operational needs of each role.

Our commitment to hybrid work means that our people have the option to work in any of our offices at any time, and to spend some time working at home (or wherever they want to work!). The exact details of what hybrid working looks like varies from person to person, depending on the exact operational needs of each role.

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