What employers are looking for
There are opportunities to start an ACCA accounting apprenticeship throughout the UK in a variety of industries, including with some of the biggest employers around. Getting accepted for an apprenticeship can be a challenge, as it's a competitive field.
You’re applying to get a real job and employers will be looking for bright, committed individuals who are going to work hard and add to the success of their business.
Expected skills and behaviours
Aside for an interest in accounting and financial management, employers are likely to be looking for the folloiwing in an apprentice:
- Good numeracy skills: accountancy isn’t purely about numbers but it's a big part of the job.
- Good interpersonal and team skills: you’re likely to be part of a team so taking instruction, performing assigned tasks and contributing to a group are important.
- Attention to detail: accuracy and a willingness to check your work.
- Integrity and honesty: this is all about using financial expertise to influence significant decisions, many of them about money, so you have to be trustworthy.