Finance and Accounting Apprenticeship2024-05-09T10:17:22+01:00

Average read time: 8 mins

Applications open in: Late 2024

What is the DE&S Finance and Accounting Apprenticeship?

As a DE&S Finance and Accounting Apprentice, you’ll work with teams that ensure the equipment purchased is fit for purpose and achieves the best possible value for money. You’ll rotate through several placements and get hands-on experience with forecasting, financial analysis, developing costing for businesses cases plus more much. Alongside this you’ll also work towards Level Three and Four of the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualifications, and may even have opportunities to supporting the MOD’s vast estate and front-line commands.

What you’ll get

Starting salary

How long for


Where you’ll be

MOD Abbeywood

What you’ll need

To apply for this scheme you’ll need:

  • Five full GCSEs at A*-C or grades 4-9 (or equivalent) to include Maths (minimum grade B or 5-6) and English Language

Additionally, you’ll need to have a high level of finance/numeracy competence. It’s beneficial for your CV to demonstrate you have relevant experience and finance and accounting skills. We are seeking individuals who:

  • Enjoy solving complex problems and can deliver clear and effective solutions
  • Are keen on embracing change
  • Are willing to share information, knowledge and skills
  • Have a strong focus on internal and external customers
  • Have a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Are keen to seek out new opportunities for learning, personal and career development
  • Are prepared to commit to a three-year training programme
  • Are pro-active and willing to take responsibility for their own development and career progression

What you’ll do

Year one
At the start of this three-year development programme, you’ll start your Level three AAT qualification & Level Three Apprenticeship. You’ll also begin your first placement and start to learn about a variety of key finance and accounting skills including:

  • Forecasting the future budget
  • Reviewing and creating accruals
  • Providing financial analysis to support decision making
  • Developing costing for business cases
  • Tracking costs to contracts
  • Using Financial Systems

Throughout your first year, you’ll have regular reviews with your Scheme Manager, Skills Coach and Placement Supervisor to ensure you’re on track to succeed. They’ll also be plenty of opportunity for you to get involved in networking and volunteering events with your peers, helping you to build a strong network at the start of your career.

You’ll start your second placement, building upon the financial and accounting skills you’ve gain in your first year. Alongside this, you’ll complete your Level three AAT & Level Three Apprenticeship end point assessment and begin to start your Level Four AAT qualification. You’ll continue to have regular reviews with your Scheme Manager, Skills Coach and Placement Supervisor to ensure you’re on track to succeed.

In your third and final year, you’ll complete your last 12-month placement enabling you to really apply all the skills you’ve learnt along the way. You’ll continue to have regular reviews with your Scheme Manager, Skills Coach and Placement Supervisor as you finish your Level Four AAT qualification and Level Four Apprenticeship end point assessment. By this point you will have built up a large network of people across the business and will continue to have opportunities to take part in events, helping to inspire the next generation of finance professionals.

Once you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship, you’ll be eligible for a re-grade interview. We have an exceptional record of finding jobs for apprentices, so could offer you permanent employment within the Finance & Accounting function.

Ready to start your career with us?

Register your interest

Elevating careers, rewarding perks. Explore our benefits


Read More


Read More


Read More


Read More

Flexible working

Read More

Health & wellbeing

Read More


Read More

Diversity and inclusion

Read More

What our learners say about working for DE&S

“I really enjoy the networking, not only with my cohort but other people in the organisation. There is lots of support around and I have had the opportunity to work on some exciting projects.”

Charlotte, Engineering Apprentice

Developing tomorrow’s talent, today.

Course frequently asked questions

Yes. Should you require support with the application process you can contact our Entry Talent team at deshr-etcoe-recruitment@mod.gov.uk

DE&S is currently operating a Smarter Working Policy, where hybrid working may be available depending on your placement/project.

However, we cannot specifically advise in advance of you joining the organisation. It could mean being situated in office three times a week, or twice a month. We strongly encourage face-to-face collaboration to network with your peers and gain further experience.

You will be able to discuss your daily working hours with your Delivery Manager on starting.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a place to those who do not meet the entry requirements for the scheme.

Please contact our Entry Talent team at deshr-etcoe-recruitment@mod.gov.uk

Ready to start your career with us?

Register your interest
Go to Top