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Finance Apprentice

Apprenticeship Level: Level 3 (Advanced)
Organisation: Lakelands Educational Trust

This is an exciting opportunity to represent Lakelands Academy. The school is committed to and champions equality in all aspects of employment with The Academy. All employees are expected to understand and promote the Equality Policy in the course of their work. To apply please click here


What will the apprentice be doing?

• To handle cash and cheques to include the counting and accurate recording of receipts, entering of data onto academy finance computer software systems and spreadsheets and undertaking visits to the bank as and when required.
• To update and process transactions on the School Fund FMS database.
• To process invoices onto the FMS accounting database in accordance with academy policy and procedure.
• To issue remittances to all suppliers following creation of BACs payment run.
• To make use of the Booking Plus software for all new hirer bookings and amend existing bookings.
• To check statement and purchase orders file monthly to make sure FMS is accurate and kept up to date.

• To manage and keep up to date the daily revenue takings spreadsheet for the CRB Cunninghams online cashless catering service.
• To keep an up to date record of budget/authorised signatures for audit purposes.
• To distribute capitation reports to all departmental budget holders on a regular basis or as and when required and report any discrepancies to the Finance Manager for resolution.
• To support the finance team in the processing of information onto ParentPay/ParentMail software systems.
• To process credit card orders and follow the procedures set out in the academy finance manual for processing invoices and updating capitation budgets.
• To process academy and school fund petty cash payments as stated within the academy finance manual.
• To reconcile the petty cash boxes on a weekly basis.
• To carry out monthly reconciliation of accounts as instructed by the Finance Manager• To ensure a prompt and professional response to incoming internal/external telephone calls.
• To make external calls on behalf of the academy as requested in a professional and appropriate manner.
• To make effective use of the SIMS database to locate students and teachers, including the taking and forwarding of messages for staff and students.
• To greet personal callers in a professional and personable manner, including the organisation of ID badges, signing in and notifying staff internally of the presence of a visitor to the academy during holiday periods when the administration team is not working in school.
• To type documents from time to time, input data onto spreadsheets and SIMS database.
• To photocopying, file and circulate documents as appropriate.
• To open, stamp and circulate incoming post and preparation and franking of outgoing post during holiday periods when the administration team is not working in school.
• To manage bookings for the school minibus and mobile telephones.
• To be responsible for ensuring minibus maintenance checks have been completed satisfactorily and communicate any issues to the site team to resolve.
• To ensure mobile telephones are charged and have enough credit ready for school trips.
• To refresh and keep academy information screens up to date using the Senso software.
• To make use of the Umbraco software in order to update the academy website for community hire availability of the academy’s facilities.
• To participate in the performance and development and review process, taking personal responsibility for identification of learning, development and training opportunities in discussion with the Finance Manager.

Desired skills and personal qualities

  • Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Team working


  • GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C or above) Desired

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There would be a possibility for the right candidate after a successful completion of the apprenticeship.

What will you gain at the end of your apprenticeship?

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration
This will also include functional skills if required
End point assessment
Certificate of completion of the standard.
You may have to attend formal college sessions (if English & maths are required).
You will learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours related to the apprenticeship standard.

Business Administrator L3 – Apprenticeship Standard

About the employer

The Academy is committed to and champion equality in all aspects of employment with Lakelands Academy. All employees are expected to understand and promote our Equality Policy in the course of their work.

Link to apply:


Please contact County Training for further information:


0345 678 9023


Finance Apprentice

Apprenticeship Vacancy Details

Reference Number: VAC1000190360
Organisation: Lakelands Educational Trust
Apprenticeship Level: Level 3 (Advanced)
Apprenticeship Duration: 21 months
Job Location or Region: Ellesmere
Wage: Annual Wage - £10,158.72
Working Week: 37 hours per week. Flexible hours which range between 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday & 8.30am - 4.00pm Friday
Possible Start Date: 18 March 2024
Positions Available: 1