10 great reasons to do an AAT Accounting Apprenticeship

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Want to become an accountant or work in finance? An accounting apprenticeship is your route to an exciting professional career. 

Accounting apprenticeships train accountants to work in finance departments and accountancy firms. You can gain a recognised qualification and professional skills while you earn a salary in some of the best companies around.

Here are 10 great reasons to choose this career route:

1. Avoid university debt

With the rising costs of going to university (student debt now averages £44,000 per graduate), apprenticeships offer a debt-free, direct route into employment. 

2. Fast track to chartered accountancy

Successful completion of an accounting apprenticeship will give you generous exemptions with all the UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies: ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, ICAS and CIPFA.

3. Start earning straight away

With an apprenticeship you’ll start earning straight away. In some roles your wage may increase as you progress and take on more responsibility. You will also get the same benefits as an employee, including a holiday allowance.

4. Excellent earning potential

If you complete a Higher Accounting Apprenticeship (Technical Apprenticeship) your earning potential is £117,000 more over your lifetime than someone without one. Accounting roles are extremely diverse and deliver high-quality career opportunities. Read about 10 amazing jobs you can get with an accounting qualification. Financial management is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills is consistently high across all sectors.

5. Achieve a professional AAT qualification

A professional AAT qualification will give you the competitive edge. AAT is a brand that employers trust as it demonstrates you have the practical real world skills they need. Our qualifications are developed in consultation with employers and will enable you to manage finances, budgets and cash flow effectively and play a key role in business growth.

6. Develop practical on-the-job skills

You’ll gain 1-4 years’ of relevant hands-on work experience working alongside finance professionals. Practical, technical and personal skills are developed through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal study, and the chance to practice your new skills in a real world context. You will qualify with a well-rounded set of industry skills and experience that will make you a highly sought after employee. 

7. Stay ahead of graduates

With an accounting apprenticeship you will qualify faster than if you had gone to university. Many graduates struggle to find suitable jobs after their degree and choose to study further AAT qualifications to make themselves more employable. As an apprentice you will be ahead of the game - you'll have a professional qualification at foundation degree level, solid work experience and a portfolio of skills. 

8. Gain professional MAAT status

After successful completion of your accounting apprenticeship you automatically become an AAT affiliate member. With relevant work experience you can apply to become a full member of AAT and use the letters MAAT after your name.

9. Set up your own accountancy practice

After successful qualification you can set up your own accountancy practice. We run a Members in Practice scheme to support all AAT members who are self-employed accountants.

10. Study at university

Successful completion of the Higher Accounting Apprenticeship (Technical Apprenticeship) will give you exemptions from some finance and accounting degrees. Depending on the course, you will be able to transfer credits and fast track to the right level.