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Virtual Finance Higher Apprenticeship Programme 2024 - St Albans

Mercer & Hole
St Albans, Hertfordshire (GB)
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
£20,000 - £30,000
Contract type
ICAEW Apprenticeships, School leaver programmes
Full Time
Where will they be working?
From our office

Job Details

Why choose our Virtual Finance Higher Apprenticeship Programme?

Virtual Finance offers a varied and exciting career. Virtual Finance is where companies choose to hire third parties – such as Mercer & Hole – to perform tasks or handle their operations, for example payroll, VAT returns, bookkeeping and management reporting. You will be able to play a key part in our Virtual Finance team and, from the outset, will be responsible for preparing, recording and processing data within the outsourcing financial systems, completing monthly management accounts and preparing and submitting VAT returns. This will enable you to grow into a future leader and start on a stable and lucrative career path with fast progression and rewarding work.

We pride ourselves on learning and development for our trainees and have lots of structures in place to support you on your journey with us, for example trainee away days, a dedicated training manager, buddy and study leave to name just a few. Training and development doesn’t stop when you qualify – we are committed to continually developing our staff regardless of whether you’re a trainee or a director using our ‘People Passport’ so you are guaranteed a great investment in your future!

What will I be doing as a Virtual Finance apprentice?

Our higher apprenticeship programme is designed to support your learning and development. You will work as part of the outsourcing team while studying the AAT qualification. The variety of clients we work with provides you with a well-rounded experience, and the structure of our teams allows you the opportunity to gain knowledge from and exposure to senior managers and partners throughout your training and beyond.

Structure of our Virtual Finance Higher Apprenticeship Programme?

Year 1 – In the first year you will start out by learning the fundamentals of bookkeeping, this includes posting purchase and sales invoices and bank transactions. You will use these skills over a variety of clients, making use of software solutions to help speed up and simplify the process. You will also learn the fundamentals of VAT and take on responsibility for preparing and submitting some of our smaller returns.

Year 2 – As you progress, you will start to take on more complicated work. This will include calculating and posting month end journals (such a depreciation, accruals, and prepayments). Once all these journals are posted you will prepare the month end reporting packs and will assist with preparing a supporting commentary to go to the client.

Once you have completed your AAT qualification, you will then have the opportunity to move on to studying the ACCA to become a certified accountant or the ACA to become a chartered accountant.

If you think this is something you would be interested in, then apply!


It is difficult to enter the world of work confident that you are absolutely on the right path, location, salary - all of it!

At Mercer & Hole we understand this, we support our clients making difficult decisions all the time - life is imperfect but with positive intent, and a demonstrable motivation for excellence, it really can be what you make it. Surely you are looking to have fun and enjoy the journey too!

Join us to make your career your own - start now

Our platforms for entry are to complete the ACA qualification over three years, or a four year course to achieve the dual qualification of ACA and CTA. Why? These qualifications ground you in a firm knowledge of how businesses survive. We want you to be curious as to how to help our clients thrive and have the technical expertise to give them the answers they are looking for from their business advisers. We need joined up thinkers to create soltuions to all sorts of puzzles. It is why we offer you permanent employment from day one - you become part of our long term solution.

Whether you are launching a start-up, helping families leave their legacies to future generations, or completing an audit snapshot of the year a client has had, our clients value the relationships they have built with Mercer & Hole. Therefore on joining us, that will become your responsibility too.

Are you up for the challenge?

We listen to what challenges you are interested in and support you in this with ongoing development. This starts at the early stage of your career with professional study and qualifications. Later on by knowing your strengths and development needs, we will progress you into more senior roles to continue to grow yourself and Mercer & Hole, having already contribute to the firm's success.

Become a professionally qualified human

At this stage in your life you want to start a path that will realise your capabilities, gaining rounded business qualifications, which no one can take away from you once you have achieved them. This will always be a firm foundation to exceed your earning and career expectations in the decades ahead. Your journey is full funded, with study leave, soft skills training, team support and client exposure. We have opportunities beyond Audit and Tax in our other services as well.

Have you got the Mercer & Hole ingredients?

If you have the humility to explore your career with us as capture above, and show the values expressed here we would love to hear from you. Make your career relationship meaningful, don't be just a number.

We hope to see you soon!

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