Mitchells are one of the largest specialist agricultural accountancy practices in the South West, acting for numerous farmers and related companies. The backgrounds of our partners and staff mean that our understanding of agriculture justifies our excellent reputation in that sector. We offer business advice, tax planning, growth and succession planning to businesses of all sizes, in addition to providing the routine accountancy and tax compliance services.

Clients seek a professional service but they also want to deal with people who take an interest in them, who are approachable and who put them at their ease. For this reason, our recruitment process places as much emphasis on personality as on academic and technical skills.

We offer training for membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

We provide training to all technical staff at all stages of their careers and where relevant support them in their progression through their professional qualification

We set high professional standards but combine this with a friendly atmosphere where a good sense of humour is regarded as an essential attribute.

Brief overview of the role

A fantastic opportunity for an accountancy apprentice has become available within Mitchells Chartered Accountants who are a reputable expanding agricultural accountancy firm in the centre of Taunton. This position combines the benefit of paid employment, with support towards training in the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.

Closing date
31 Jul 2021

Apprenticeship summary
Working week - Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays
Total hours per week: 36.25

  • Annual wage

up to £11,310.00

  • Expected duration

13 months

  • Possible start date

13 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Vacancy description

As a trainee accountant you will work as part of a team assisting with clients’ accounting needs.

This position involves a number of different aspects including:

  • Assisting in the preparation of accounts by completing the working papers;
  • Dealing with book keeping and subsequent submission of VAT Returns
  • Assisting with the preparation of tax returns
  • Handling payroll systems that calculate wages and salaries;
  • Using computerised accounting systems.
  • Helping qualified accountants with accounts inspections (audits)
  • Taking telephone calls and passing on messages
  • Working as part of a team to ensure the delivery of excellent service to clients.
  • Undertake any other duties that may be required from time to time

Assignments will be undertaken both in the office and at client's premises. Trainees will have support and on the job training from managers and other senior staff.

During your training you will be expected to develop an understanding of the practical issues involved in delivering a high quality service to clients.

Both practical and theoretical training will be undertaken, with an aim to becoming a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You will be numerate, have a good mastery of English, both written and verbal, and have strong IT skills, which include Excel, Word and Outlook. Accuracy within the role is very important therefore you must have good attention to detail and be able to work methodically and be able to multitask effectively under pressure.

You will need to be able to show initiative and communicate effectively with your team members. You will need to be well organised and be able to meet deadlines. You will be professional and confident on the telephone and at face to face meetings.

You will need to be flexible and be prepared to help others when needed. You will also have the ability to be able to work within a team.

Personal qualities

You will be working in a professional environment in the office and will meet clients on occasions. Therefore, you will need to be well presented and articulate. You will be polite, friendly and welcoming and understand the importance of good client service.

You will be a team player with good interpersonal skills. You will have good communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be keen and enthusiastic in your approach to tasks and also to your development.

You must be reliable and flexible with excellent timekeeping. You must have a real interest in business and accountancy.

Mitchells specialise in agricultural businesses, therefore an interest in farming is highly desirable.

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 GCSE's at Grade C or higher
  • 2 A levels at Grade C or equivalent.

Future prospects

Future prospects are excellent, Mitchells are keen to develop your accountancy knowledge and are committed to put the right individual through each level of AAT.

It is expected that you will stay with the company following successful completion of your apprenticeship to undertake further qualifications and increase your responsibility in the office.

Things to consider

An agricultural connection is desirable but not essential.

Please complete a cover letter for this role answering the below questions. Note that no applications will be considered without this.

Questions for candidates

Why are you interested in an apprenticeship in accounting and what relevant experience do you have within the farming sector?

Why do you want to work for us, and what will you bring to our team?

Training provider


  • Victoria
  • 01392435349

Training to be provided

You will undertake the “Assistant Accountant” Apprenticeship (an Advanced Apprenticeship in Accounting), with full support from Accountancy Learning as part of their Flexible Apprenticeship Programme.

Assessment will be by an “End Point Assessment” and will be graded “Pass” or “Distinction”. This will include two elements:

  • A Professional Discussion. This will include a series of questions allowing you to to display the knowledge and experience you have obtained over your apprenticeship. You will build a Portfolio of reflections and product evidence that will be used for discussion points in the PD.
  • A Synoptic Exam. This will include elements you have learnt throughout your studies of the individual AAT Units and this will contribute towards your end grade.

You will be prepared for both of these elements by undertaking studies for the AAT (Level 3) Advanced Diploma in Accounting. These will underpin both elements of your “end point assessment”. As such, it is anticipated that your apprenticeship duration will be for 15-18 months although earlier completion is possible, provided the duration exceeds one year and a week.Those with no prior accounting knowledge may need to also complete the Bookkeeping units of AAT Level 2.

You will receive support from both the employer, and the training provider, to complete and achieve your Apprenticeship and will be given time to study during the week on a day release basis. As you are working towards a professional qualification, it is also expected that you will continue your studies outside of normal office hours.

As you learn more in both the office and in your studies your responsibilities, and the variety of tasks you undertake, are expected to increase.

Those with previous relevant qualification and experience may be considered for a Higher Apprenticeship undertaking the Professional Accountant Standard.

Apprenticeship standard
Assistant accountant

Job Types: Full-time, Apprenticeship

Salary: Up to £11,310.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

Work remotely:

  • No