Ministry of Defence

Finance Apprenticeship Scheme – Level 7

Location
Aldershot; Andover; Bristol; Corsham; High Wycombe; London; Northwood; Portsmouth; Salisbury
Salary
£35,290
Posted
16 Feb 2024
Closes
08 Mar 2024
Ref
336174
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Interim
Hours
Full time
Experience level
Entry level, Apprenticeship

About the job

Job summary

Our apprenticeship recruitment scheme is open to anyone who can meet the listed essential qualifications and apprenticeship entry requirements, including those with a genuine interest in Finance who are seeking a ‘career change’. 

Based on your location preference, you will be matched to a role in a Finance team within an area of Defence. This is an exciting opportunity to gain invaluable experience working in an area that delivers critical Defence Finance, whilst studying towards a Level 7 professional accountancy qualification.  

Want to find out more about working as a Finance Apprentice in MOD? We will be holding an online event to enable prospective applicants to learn more about the roles in the campaign and the application process. There’s no requirement to attend this event in order to apply.

Click on the links below to learn more and register.

  • 21st February 2024 12:30-13:30 – register here
  • 27th February 2024 17:30-18:30 – register here

Job description

Apprenticeship Programme

You will undertake a Level 7 Apprenticeship with the choice of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) or ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) professional bodies. This is an approximately 3.5-year scheme and you will be expected to maintain the commitment required to complete your apprenticeship, which is part of your employment contract. Non-completion of the apprenticeship may affect the terms of your employment with MOD.

Most of your learning will be ‘on-the-job’, ensuring you gain real life experience within a professional environment. Up to 20% of your time will be dedicated to ‘off-the-job’ training; this will be delivered through on-line courses, webinars and self-study facilitated by our training provider.

The level 7 accountancy qualification is an industry and globally recognised qualification that provides you with the academic preparation and underpinning skills necessary to prepare you for your future.

Completion of both the Level 7 Apprenticeship programme and the practical experience requirements on the scheme will enable candidates to gain a Professional Chartered Accountancy Qualification.

Successful candidates will join the September 2024 cohort. Due to course enrolment dates, we advise successful candidates to respond quickly to any job offers to ensure you do not miss out.

The Apprentice role will involve an element of home study, in your own time, to fulfill the requirements of the qualification. You may also be required to use your own IT equipment due to existing IT security restrictions.

Person specification

We are looking for talented and motivated people with potential and a genuine interest in developing a career in finance. You will be matched to a role within one of our departmental Finance teams and will have a range of responsibilities to develop your finance skills and embed the learning from your apprenticeship.

Typical responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Main Responsibilities

  • Producing reports and dashboards for monthly financial and budget reviews.
  • Reviewing, analysing, and interpreting financial data, escalating issues where appropriate.
  • Working to resolve issues identified during audits and embed solutions by engaging with relevant stakeholders.
  • Providing accurate financial information and advice to challenging deadlines.
  • Ensuring integrity and accuracy of systems and data, engaging with others to resolve inaccuracies.
  • Seeking feedback and continuously improving the service provided to customers.
  • Being open to challenge and new ideas, building a supportive team environment and encouraging sharing of best practice, knowledge and experience.
  • Making decisions on day-to-day issues within your area(s) of responsibility, involving senior staff or experts where required.

If you’re already working or considering a career change, we still want to hear from you – providing you meet the above essential criteria and the apprenticeship eligibility requirements below.

To be eligible to apply for the apprenticeship, all applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the minimum qualifications criteria.
  • Not be undertaking another apprenticeship at the same time.
  • Candidates need to make sure they do not have pre-existing qualifications at the same or higher level in a similar subject as the apprenticeship.

At the enrolment stage, a person’s eligibility will be checked by our training provider.

No application can be accepted after the closing date.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Qualifications

Your  application must demonstrate the following essential criteria otherwise your application will be rejected

5 GCSE (level 2) qualifications, including Maths and English Language, at grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent.

And either,

Degree or equivalent (Level 6) qualification in a finance-related subject.

Or

Minimum of 96 UCAS points under the 2017 tariff point system (e.g. CCC at A Level or equivalent qualifications, not including General Studies) AND finance work experience relevant to the main responsibilities of the post (this should be demonstrated in your personal statement).

Evidence of the above qualifications will be required as part of your pre-employment checks before a formal offer can be made.

If you’re in your final year of university and are predicted to achieve these qualifications by August 2024, you can still apply. 

Click here for the UCAS Tariff calculator.  https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Click here for details of accepted equivalent qualifications. https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/list-of-qualification-levels and (https://scqf.org.uk/media/e5pjypw4/qccb-web-oct-2019.pdf) for Scotland.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Benefits

Alongside your salary of £35,290, Ministry of Defence contributes £9,528 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • Gain an internationally recognised and respected qualification.  
  • Up to 20% ‘off the job’ training; this is protected apprenticeship time. 
  • Skills coach to support you with your studies. 
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities with experienced personnel. 
  • Hybrid-working (the ability to work in the office and from home, with an expected minimum of 60% of your working time in an office or on official business).
  • Flexible working hours upon completion of 6 months’ service. 
  • 25 days (rising to 30 days after 5 years) annual leave plus 8 public holidays per year and leave for HM The King’s Birthday.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%.

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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