Our candidates are given the training and skills to ensure they have a robust foundation for a career in accounting. They study and achieve internationally recognised qualifications from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
AAT Level 2, also known as the Foundation Certificate in Accounting, comprises five units: Bookkeeping Transactions, Bookkeeping Controls, Elements of Costing, Using Accounting Software, and the Foundation Synoptic Assessment where candidates demonstrate their learning across all the areas they have studied.
AAT Level 3, also known as the Advanced Diploma in Accounting, comprises five further units: Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, Management Accounting Costing, Indirect Tax, and the Advanced Synoptic Assessment.
These qualifications are delivered by expert tutors through local education partners. Our education partners do more than just educate. The training provider and colleges we work with represent a significant contribution to the management and pastoral care of our apprentices.
And it is in their continual academic support that they excel. Expert tutors are a key resource as the apprentices navigate their AAT Level 2 and 3 examinations. The tutors and management teams are committed and passionate about the programme and do everything in their power to ensure successful outcomes for all.
83% of apprentices from our first three intakes completed the programme and graduated with AAT Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications.
In the first four months, candidates are given the training and skills to succeed through exclusive interview coaching, CV workshops, and insight events with leading companies and business people. Candidates will develop transferable skills through training with our football club foundation partners. By learning the skills needed for community coaching, candidates enhance their planning skills, communication skills, abilities to motivate other people, and to work well under pressure.
We will provide candidates with interview opportunities with specially selected employers offering paid apprenticeships normally lasting 18 months. LTSB works hard to provide apprentices with outstanding placements at blue chip corporations, commercial organisations, financial institutions and accountancy firms, to give young adults not only the very best apprenticeship experience but also the opportunity of working for these organisations on a permanent basis at the end of their programme.
87% of those who completed the programme remained in full-time paid employment within six months of graduation (or in a few cases, enrolled at university).
Our programme has a far-reaching impact not just upon the young people who participate but their families, their communities and society as a whole. Society needs young people to engage with their communities, become socially responsible, be gainfully employed and contribute to our fast changing business world.
Our programme provides opportunities for candidates to develop and demonstrate key leadership skills through coaching and refereeing training delivered in partnership with our football club foundations. The foundations also provide volunteering opportunities for our apprentices, which develop transferable skills and help shape employees who can contribute and stand out – increasing their chances of career success.
We also have amazing engagement from businesses, corporate volunteers and public figures. For example, candidates take part in business games run by ICAEW and a negotiation challenge run by Sackers LLP. And candidates have heard from guest speakers including Lord Davies of Abersoch, Lord O’Neill of Gatley, Sir William Atkinson, David Lammy MP, among others.
What our apprentices say:
“The guest speakers were inspirational, particularly Sir William Atkinson and David Lammy MP. Hearing their stories made what we were trying to do feel more possible.”
“I loved coaching with West Ham United Foundation. Working with children is really hard, but it means you need to have attention to detail, people skills and confidence – which I was able to put into my work, too.”
We are looking for bright and ambitious young people to join the programme, which starts each September.
Applicants will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades C or above, which must include English and Maths at B or above (or grade 5 or above using the new system).