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Finance Apprentice

Job Details

  • Company Name : Planning Inspectorate
  • Qualification : 12th Pass, Any Graduate
  • Industry : Planning Inspectorate
  • Employment Type : Full Time
  • Work Hours : 8 Hours
  • Job Experience : Fresher
  • Job Location Type : Work From Home
  • Salary : £1000 To £1500 Per Month
  • Location : Bristol, England, United Kingdom BS1 2DP


The Planning Inspectorate has a long and proud history in ensuring a fair planning system for England and Wales.The work we do has a significant impact on people’s lives, the communities where they live and the economy;
whether that is considering an appeal for housing, supporting Local Authorities to develop sound Local Plans or examining applications and providing recommendations to the Secretary of State for major infrastructure projects such as power stations, airport expansions or major roads.
The finance team is responsible for ensuring public funds are spent appropriately and achieve value for money. Our key roles are in preparing budgets and forecasts and preparing monthly management accounts showing how the monthly results compare to plan.

We produce the annual report and accounts for publication and assist operational managers to manage their budget effectively.This role is suitable for someone with a methodical approach, a keen eye for detail, the ability to extract the key points from large volumes of data and a good team player.

The Apprenticeship

  • An apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity to ‘earn whilst you learn’ by combining theoretical learning with practical ‘on-the-job’ experience; allowing you to work towards a nationally recognised qualification, whilst building skills in your daily role and earning a salary.
  • An apprenticeship also allows you to secure a qualification with no tuition / student fees as the programme is fully funded by the department.You will spend 20% of your contracted working hours dedicated to your apprenticeship and will be surrounded by a supportive network. Your line manager will ensure your learning is supported and you are on track to successfully complete your apprenticeship.For full information, please refer to job description within the candidate pack attached.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support the Financial Planning Manager and wider finance team in monitoring spend, forecasting income and expenditure in future periods and analysing how actual costs compare to what was forecast.
  • Assist in advising business areas on financial control and financial information in relation to income and expenditure.
  • Prepare accurate and timely transactions for input to systems (known as journals).
  • Use financial systems and financial software tools to verify the accuracy of data and produce reports containing management information for use within the organisation.
  • Assist with the monthly reconciliation process – (ensuring that transactions and financial records are consistent between systems and sources).
  • Assist the Financial Planning Manager with development work relating to the improvement of financial systems and processes.
  • Maintain appropriate control procedures, such as financial delegations (ensuring expenditure is approved/ signed off at the appropriate levels within the organisation).
  • Support the delivery of unqualified audited accounts for the agency.
  • Provide support to the Finance team as requested, whilst receiving support as a trainee.
  • Develop personal knowledge and capacity in finance and accountancy, especially within a Civil Service environment.


  1. Build effective and supportive relationships within teams, across the Inspectorate and with stakeholders. Work together with others to assist the delivery of organisational strategic objectives.
  2. Share process improvements and efficiency ideas and solutions to enhance team and organisational performance.
  3. Listen and act upon feedback and take responsibility for self-development.
  4. Be a role model for the Planning Inspectorate Core Values.
  5. Ensure personal and organisational data is stored and managed in line with organisational policies and procedures.


  • Be at least 16-years old.
  • Must have 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above including Maths and English language.
  • Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship starts.
  • Not be in receipt of funding for other learning programmes (including another apprenticeship).
  • Not have already obtained a Level 3 Assistant Accountant Qualification or similar.
  • Graduates cannot apply.


We’ll assess you against these behaviors during the selection process:

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together


  1. Access to learning and development tailored to your role.
  2. A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options, including flexi-time, part-time, compressed hours and home working if suitable for the role.
  3. A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity.
  4. A generous civil service pension starting at 26.6% employer contribution rate;
  5. 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays, this will be complemented by 1 further day paid as a privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday.
  6. Based in offices next to Temple Meads station, with on-site gym and shops/cafes close by
  7. Fast and modern IT kit which utilises Microsoft Office 10 and O365, enabling seamless working from home and collaboration across teams within The Inspectorate.
  8. We care about your wellbeing and all staff have access to Occupational Health Services, Employee Assistance Programme and there are a number of staff representative groups.
  9. You may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare and government schemes. Determine your eligibility at (Please note, any move from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments).

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