Assurance is our name for audit and other related services. In this business area we carry out examinations and inspections of our client’s data to help them accurately express the financial and non-financial position of their businesses at a point in time.
This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Think about all the money coming into and out of a business like a football club or fashion label. Some of it’s easy to account for, like clothing in a warehouse or ticket sales. But how do you decide how much a brand is worth or prove how valuable a player is? And how can you accurately reflect the value of these things in the financial statements?
In Assurance, you’d work with clients to pin down the financial position of their business and how they can prove that value to the people it matters to.
An accurate understanding of the health of their finances means our clients can make decisions about what to do next. But it’s also important to the staff who depend on the client for employment, investors who’ve used their hard-earned cash to buy shares in the company, and the government or regulatory organisations whose job it is to make sure companies behave in the right way.
What you'd do
You can specialise in:
Whichever area you decide to join, a position in Assurance provides you with the opportunity to be part of the team that gets to grips with every aspect of clients’ activities, understanding their business to identify where our high-quality audit can add insight and value. It’s critical work that underpins investor confidence, makes our clients more competitive and develops the market economy.
How you'll develop
As part of the Higher Apprenticeship programme you'll undertake a structured, self directed learning programme, gaining knowledge of the industry and market, technical skills, self development & awareness, leadership skills and commercial awareness.
You’ll enjoy plenty of practical, on-the-job training while studying for a professional qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). This takes two years and will enable you to secure a Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) as a core part of your Apprenticeship. We’ll give you study leave to go to college plus plenty of support, but you’ll need to study in your own time too. The hard work will be worth it though when you pick up your qualification. And the great thing is, by the time you complete your exams, you’ll have lots of valuable experience to build on.
At the same time, you'll study for a nationally recognised qualification and secure a Diploma in Audit Practice Level 4 to recognise your on the job learning. Whichever area you work in, you'll enjoy plenty of interaction with clients in meetings and over the phone. You’ll get a solid grounding in your specialism plus regular training and updates to boost your development. And gradually you’ll take on your own portfolio of clients as you progress.
What you'll need
A minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points from up to three A Levels (excluding General Studies) or equivalent qualifications. The exams must have been sat in the same academic year and we do not consider re-sits.
Please note that if you have a degree, you may find our graduate opportunities more appropriate. Having a degree does not lead to faster progression through this programme.