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Accounts Payable Apprenticeship (AAT level 2 qualification)

Job Introduction

We have a new and exciting apprenticeship opportunity within our Accounts Payable team. In this role you will be responsible for helping the team process and pay all Council invoices in a timely and efficient manner. You will work closely with the team and colleagues across the organisation to make sure services are correctly invoiced for. You will also liaise directly with suppliers to help answer queries and solve problems to remove any delays in payment. 

We are looking for hard-working, motivated and enthusiastic people to join our apprenticeship scheme. Regardless of your age or previous experience (although you must be at least 16 years of age and not in full-time education), we’re welcoming applications from those that show potential, determination and a drive to succeed. In return we can give you the opportunity to kick-start your career under the management of our skilled and experienced staff, whilst earning, learning and achieving nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

Main Responsibilities

  • Process all received post, e-mails, scanned invoices and other electronic invoices, ensuring their compliance, and matching with the correct purchase orders, values, dates and invoice numbers.
  • Ensuring that all Creditors invoices are processed in a timely fashion allowing payment to occur on time and in line with Suppliers Payment terms.
  • Ensuring data entry integrity into the financial management system in order to provide accurate and reliable information for payments.
  • To recognise issues and use initiative to identify and resolve and/or discuss proposed solutions with line manager.

The Ideal Candidate

We’re looking for someone with excellent communication skills, good IT skills, good attention to detail, enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn

Please note, in order to qualify for apprenticeship funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a GCSE level C / equivalent in Maths and English and be able to present original qualification certificates - if you do not hold these qualifications / certificates you must be committed to complete these via functional skills assessments as part of the apprenticeship.
  • Only apply for an apprenticeship unrelated to any qualifications they hold at the same or higher level than the apprenticeship they wish to apply for. The apprenticeship being applied for must be unrelated in subject and content from the qualification already held.
  • Not be enrolled on another funded apprenticeship or another funded further education or higher education programme at the time you start your new apprenticeship

The training you will be getting (Day release at Bournemouth & Poole College)

  • Accounts/Finance Assistant level 2 apprenticeship
  • AAT level 2 qualification

Our apprenticeships are offered on a minimum contract duration of 12 months (up to 18 months), offer 25 days paid annual leave, day release to college, access to our online staff benefits portal including discounts at local and national shops, restaurants and attractions, and a starting salary of £19,435 per annum.  We also offer the flexability of working from the office or from your own home.

Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role and for our apprenticeship scheme. 

To support our diversity agenda and reduce the risk of bias in our recruitment activities, our short listing process completely anonymises personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc. Our hiring managers review and short list applications based on the information provided as part of your application as to how well you meet the requirements and criteria for the role, as outlined in the job profile.

Closing date is Sunday 28 July 2024 and interviews will be week commencing 12 August 2024 with a starting date to be agreed.  The successful candidate needs to have applied and had the interview at the college to confirm entry criteria and eligibility for the course before 1st September at the latest.

Please contact David Maidment ( if you require any further information regarding this Apprenticeship

About BCP Council

BCP Council provides services to a diverse community of 400,000 residents and employs more than 5,000 people. Our area includes over 15 miles of beautiful world-renowned coastline. We can offer career defining roles to transform and improve services. By working with us, you can help deliver a vision of a thriving, word-class, prosperous and inclusive place for generations to come.

Our Benefits

We offer an excellent benefits package to colleagues. Find out more on : Jobs and apprenticeships | BCP (

As a result of the creation of BCP Council in 2019, we are working on simplifying our terms and conditions of service and will be creating a single pay structure which is to be applicable for all employees. It is important to us that we offer benefits that our colleagues value as part of their total employment package and we are reviewing these to make sure we have it right. We are in the process of establishing a timescale for implementation and colleagues joining us will be included in these changes. This is expected to be in place in 2024 or early 2025.


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