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    Options

  • Level

    Accounting > Level 5

  • Positions

    2

  • Location

    Linen Loft, 27 – 37 Adelaide St, Belfast, BT2 8FE

  • Salary

    £18,000

  • Start date

  • Location Type

    Office

Job Description

Role: Options Finance & Accountancy Apprenticeship Programme

Location: Belfast

Salary: Competitive

Join the Options Finance and Accountancy team in Belfast!

Who are we?

Options is a leading managed services and IT infrastructure products provider to the global capital markets community. Founded in 1993, the company began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today over 200 firms globally leverage the Options platform, including the leading global investment banks, hedge funds and exchanges. We currently employ over 400 employees worldwide and are continuing to grow across offices in New York, Chicago, Belfast, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Why Options?

Global travel:

• We have offices in New York, Toronto, London, Belfast, Dublin and across Asia.

Continuous career development opportunities:

• We provide professional skills development and technical training

The chance to be a part of a self-sufficient, successful team:

• The Options team operates in a fast paced environment with endless opportunities for innovation and forward thinking.

Competitive salary:

• In addition to a competitive salary, Options reward employees with a range of bonus incentives and benefits.

Working for us

The positions will be based around apprenticeship requirements, per your course, paid and based in Belfast initially, although there will be opportunities to gain experience from company offices such as New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland and London for those who have successfully completed their apprenticeship.

We welcome applications from a broad range of disciplines including those with financial backgrounds, as well as science, business, mathematics, marketing and technology. We have a fresh new team expanding in our Belfast office and we want to hear from candidates that are motivated, self-driven and have a passion to learn and develop their skills in the world of financial technology.

At Options we are focused on creating a learning environment that enables you to develop and flourish in all aspects of your work. You own your career, you choose your own path, and we provide the opportunities to make it happen.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

• Strong research, writing and communication skills.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced and changeable working environment.
• Customer service experience (comfortable working with senior management and business owners).
• Exceptional organisational skills and strong attention to detail.
• Desire to travel and see the world.
• Ability to work independently and manage your own projects in a professional manner.
• Solid competency in the following: Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
• Candidates must successfully secure a position at the relevant apprenticeship training provider

Desirable Criteria

• Previous start-up, financial technology or business experience.
• A passion for start-ups, finance, innovation and financial technology.
• Strong interpersonal skills with client facing experience.
• Project management skills and proven ability to manage own workload.

(In the case of applications for technical positions, examples of previous work are encouraged.)

All applicants MUST be willing to travel, pending availability during studies.

Applicable courses

Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course.

AccountancyBelfast Metropolitan College

Description

Accounting is an integral part of any business and a discipline which offers a wide variety of employment opportunities. 

The growth in multi-national organisations means that a qualification in accounting can provide you with global employment opportunities.

If you are interested in specialising in accounting and working within the financial or wider business sector, then this course is for you. This course is part of the two year Higher Level Apprenticeship program and runs for one day in college and the rest with an employer in an accountancy role (see entry requirements).

Early application is recommended.

Modules

Units include:

  • Financial Accounting

  • Business Management

  • Business Law

  • Taxation

  • Advanced Financial Accounting

  • Advanced Tax

  • Management Accounting

  • Financial Data Management

Assessment:

All modules summative assessment by ATI external examinations held in May/June annually.

Completion of 2-year work placement e portfolio.

Award

Accounting Technicians Ireland Level 5 Diploma for Accounting Technicians

Validated By

Accounting Technicians Ireland

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

As a guide, you should expect to have:

  • A minimum of 96 tariff points (UCAS New tariff points for entry to Higher Education) from any A Level subject combination; or a minimum of MMM profile on Extended Diploma in Business and Finance or related area.

  • You must also have minimum Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths and Grade C/4 in GCSE English (or equivalent). 

Please note that each employer reserves the right to enhance these entry requirements.

Duration

2

Start Date

Monday 11 September 2023

End Date

Sunday 01 June 2025

Progression Pathway

Opportunities to progress to further training leading to Chartered Accountancy Status (Chartered Accountants Ireland).

Careers may include:

Chartered Accountant – Auditing financial records. Reviewing and certifying book of accounts, balance sheets and statutory returns. Budgeting and reporting. Forecasting and investigation finance and account issues.

Tax Advisor – Researching, analysing and interpreting changing tax legislation. Providing documentation for correct implementation of company products. HMRC enquiry work and Tax Tribunals.

Financial Advisor - working with individuals to provide advice on tax and estate planning, retirement, risk management, savings and investment.

AccountingSouth Eastern Regional College

Description

This is a work-based programme which enables you to earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised professional qualification.  The apprentice will be employed in an accountancy practice for two years and mentoring will be provided throughout the employment period. The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy provides an alternative entrance route to starting a career in the accountancy and finance profession.

Students will be employed for four days per week and will attend college one day per week.  Weekly contact hours will be scheduled to 8 hours per week, consisting of mainly lectures and other practical class activities in preparation for their end of year exams.  Students are expected to undertake at least 8 hours independent study per week which will increase closer to the exam period.

All staff teaching on the programme hold graduate, post graduate and professional qualifications as well as significant industry experience.

Apprentices, along with completing their year end exams, will also be required to complete two Work Based Modules. The Work Based modules are a mandatory part of the ATI Level 5 Diploma for Accounting Technicians, which enable learners to apply, consolidate and extend their learning within a workplace environment.

The work based modules have two elements:

  • Completion of a programme of Work-Based Learning (WBL)

  • Work-Based Assignments (WBAs)

There are 4 work based assignments each year, which the apprentice must complete. The work based assignments are based on 2 modules, which the apprentice is studying in their day release at college. However, the apprentice also needs to gain specific experience in work which ties in closely with all their modules and the requirements of the work based module.

Modules

  • Financial Accounting

  • Taxation

  • Business Management

  • Business Law

  • Advanced Financial Accounting

  • Advanced Taxation

  • Management Accounting

  • Financial Data Management

Award

ATI Level 5 Diploma for Accounting Technicians

Validated By

ATI

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry

GCSE English Language (minimum GCSE grade C) and Mathematics (minimum GCSE grade B) and

Minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points achieved through the completion of A Levels in any subject or equivalent qualification

English Language Requirements for International students

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2

  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

  • PTE 51

  • Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in English

  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language

  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)

  • ESOL Level 2  

Tier 4 Students

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

 Admissions Requirements

Successful completion of the admissions process

 APEL Requirements

Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section.    

Duration

2

Start Date

Monday 04 September 2023

End Date

Saturday 28 June 2025

Progression Pathway

Employability

You will gain lots of valuable knowledge, practical skills and work experience as well as an internationally recognised qualification – just the combination that can help increase your future employability, boost your CV, help you progress into management roles and open new career opportunities for you. 

This programme will provide you with an immediate 2-year employment contract working with a leading NI accountancy practitioner as well as attending college on a weekly basis.

 

A Recognised Qualification

You will gain an internationally recognised qualification - Diploma of Accounting Technicians from Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) which is a Level 5 qualification and is equivalent to a Foundation Degree programme.

 

A Stepping Stone to Chartered Accountancy

Upon successful completion of your Higher Apprenticeship, you could continue your studies towards Chartered Status at Level 7 with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).

 

Earn While You Learn

You will gain valuable accountancy work experience from your employer as well as gaining a recognised professional qualification and earning a regular salary (at least the national minimum wage).  

 

This Higher Level Apprenticeship programme will allow you to start your highly-skilled career without the student debt that your university peers will have accumulated during their degree course – providing a real alternative to university.

Getting a Higher Apprenticeship with an employer is the same as getting a job.  Following submission of your application, you will be invited to go through the employer’s recruitment process. It will be competitive and there are likely to be a number of people applying for each Higher Apprenticeship vacancy, so you will need to sell yourself and convince the employer that you are the right person for the role. 

Apprentices may be recent school leavers who have undertaken A Levels or other suitable Level 3 qualifications or be currently employed in an organisation with a suitable accounts department who will be changing roles to take on the HLA in Accountancy or anyone who has a keen interest in developing a career in Accountancy.

 

As an apprentice

You will commit your time and effort to gaining the required skills and putting these into practice in the workplace. You will also be required to complete formal study one day per week at South Eastern Regional College for the ATI Diploma as well as informal work-based training (e.g. attending meetings). You will also be expected to play an active role in the mentoring programme determined by your employer. Your employer will commit to employing you for 2 years, pay you at least the national minimum wage, carry out regular reviews of your progress and provide career development support.

AccountingSouthern Regional College

Description

This Apprenticeship includes the Accounting Technician Diploma as the main knowledge-based component of the framework. Each apprentice will undergo a specific induction programme (1 week intensive) and an online mentoring programme.

The Apprenticeship aims to provide a structured environment where you will, under the supervision of a qualified mentor, develop the professional values, leadership, technical/functional competencies and the personal and interpersonal attributes that define the role of an accounting technician and chartered accountant.

Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) is committed to providing training to all company mentors. This training is being provided to ensure consistency of ‘on-the-job’ programme standards and quality.

Modules

Level 4 Modules (Year 1):

  • Financial Accounting.

  • Taxation.

  • Business Management.

  • Business Law.

  • Work Practice. 

Level 5 Modules (Year 2):

  • Advanced Financial Accounting.

  • Advanced Taxation.

  • Management Accounting.

  • Financial Data Management.

  • Advanced Work Practice.

Award

Diploma for Accounting Technicians

Validated By

Accounting Technicians Ireland

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.

  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 96 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A-Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.

  • UCAS points are waived for Mature Students (over 21 years old) but their application will be approved by ATI on a case-by-case basis.

  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade B. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language.

  • Employer interview required.

  • For entry to Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company. Each applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

The College’s Admissions policy reflects the expectations of the UK Quality Code Admissions, Recruitment and Widening Access (Nov 2018).

Please note that applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. The list of acceptable qualifications for equivalency to English and mathematics for Ulster University is available from the following link: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply....

It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

Duration

2

Start Date

Tuesday 12 September 2023

End Date

Saturday 28 June 2025

Progression Pathway

As an apprentice, you will be enrolled as a student and subsequently as a student member of Accounting Technicians Ireland during your learning journey. Apprentices who successfully complete the Level 5 Apprenticeship may be eligible to progress to the Level 7 programme (Chartered Accountants Ireland). This programme may provide opportunities for an international placement with a financial institution.

AccountingSouth West College

Description

TBC

Modules

TBC

Award

Diploma for Accounting Technicians

Validated By

ATI

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and meet the minimum entry criteria set by the awarding body, Accounting Technicians Ireland, which is:

  • A minimum of Grade B Maths and C English at GCSE

  • 96 UCAS Points Mature learners who have reached over 23 years but not possess the minimum educational requirements, can apply based on experience and recommendation from employer.

Duration

2

Start Date

Tuesday 12 September 2023

End Date

Saturday 28 June 2025

Progression Pathway

TBC

AccountancyNorth West Regional College

Description

The programme provides an alternative route to starting a career in accountancy.

This Higher Level Apprenticeship aims to provide applicants with an exciting ‘on-the-job’ pathway into the accountancy and finance profession.

The apprentice will attend College one day per week, studying for the professionally accredited Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) exams.

The apprentice will complete a work based learning e-portfolio of evidencedemonstrating competence in a range of areas.

The apprentice will be mentored by both a College and employer-based mentor.

The Department for the Economy cover all tuition fees and examination costs through their Higher Level Apprenticeship programme.

Modules

Award

Diploma for Accounting Technicians

Validated By

ATI

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

UK Requirements

96 UCAS Tariff Points plus a minimum Grade B in GCSE Mathematics and Grade C in English.Applicants who are 21 years of age upon registration but do not possess the necessary minimum educational requirements may still gain entry based on experience and qualifications.

ROI Requirements

ILC - 96 UCAS Points plus a Grade O3 in Maths and Grade 04 in English. Applicants who are 21 years of age upon registration but do not possess the necessary minimum educational requirements may still gain entry based on experience and qualifications.

Duration

2

Start Date

Tuesday 29 August 2023

End Date

Saturday 28 June 2025

Progression Pathway

Further Study

If pathways to HLA level 6 - 7 studies exist then participants may wish to consider continuing their progression as a Higher Level Apprentice. Graduates can use their qualification as a stepping stone to Higher-Level Professional Accounting, Taxation or Degree Programmes. Graduates from this programme can benefit from exemptions offered by all of the main accountancy bodies: - Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) -Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) -Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) -Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) - Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) There is also the opportunity to transfer to the penultimate or final year of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting or Finance from the following higher education institutions: Athlone Institute of Technology -Cork Institute of Technology -Dublin Business School -Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology -Institute of Public Administration -Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) -Sligo Institute of Technology -Waterford Institute of Technology.

AccountancyNorthern Regional College

Description

As an apprentice, you will commit your time and effort to gaining the required skills and putting these into practice in the workplace. You will also be required to complete formal study one day per week at Northern Regional College for the ATI Diploma as well as informal work-based training (e.g. attending meetings). You will also be expected to play an active role in the mentoring programme determined by your employer. In return, your employer will commit to employing you for 2 years, pay you at least the national minimum wage, carry out regular reviews of your progress and provide career development support.

Modules

You will be employed for example in an accountancy practice or an organisation with a suitable accounts department for 2 years and Northern Regional College will have a close relationship with your employer in mentoring you throughout your employment period. The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy provides an alternative entrance route to starting your career in the accountancy and finance profession and is supported by Accounting Technicians Ireland and Chartered Accountants Ireland. It is also equivalent to a Foundation Degree programme and is recognised by leading accountancy bodies. 

For the Diploma for Accounting Technicians you are required to gain experiential learning through two years full-time employment (or the equivalent part-time), in addition to successfully completing the following subjects:
• Advanced Financial Accounting
• Advanced Taxation
• Management Accounting
• Financial Data Management

The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is a QCF Level 5 award in the UK and Northern Ireland and is aligned for Level 6 of the Irish National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) in the Republic of Ireland.

During Year 1, you will spend one day per week (9am-5pm) at the Northern Regional College. The apprenticeship framework will be at Level 5 and include the Accounting Technician Diploma as the main knowledge based component of the framework. You will also undergo a specific induction programme (1 week intensive) and an online mentoring programme for example the “Get In Get On” provided through the Financial Legal Services Partnership (provided in the first
four weeks).

This apprenticeship aims to provide a structured environment where you will develop the professional values, leadership, technical/functional competencies and the personal and interpersonal attributes that define the role of an accounting technician and chartered accountant. All employer mentors will have undergone mentor training by Accountancy Technicians Ireland (ATI) which ensures consistency of ‘on the job’ programme standards and quality. If successful, you will be enrolled and subsequently become a full member of Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) during your training programme.

Award

ATI Diploma

Validated By

ATI

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

  • At least 18 years of age and meet the minimum entry criteria set by the awarding body, Accounting Technicians Ireland. The criteria is currently 96 UCAS tariff points or CCC at A Level, grade B at GCSE level in Mathematics or Accountancy and grade C at GCSE level in English. For those over 23 years of age, relevant work experience or a recommendation from your employer is required. 

  • A new employee in, or about to take up a permanent remunerative employment offer, or an existing employee moving to a new job role that requires a substantial amount of learning and skills development commensurate to the apprenticeship pathway. An exception may be made if an individual is already on an apprenticeship pathway at a lower level, with the HLA providing a progression route without the need to move to a new job role. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure this criteria is met.

  • Employed by a company with a permanent base in Northern Ireland, have a contract of employment in place, be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (which includes day release/off-the-job directed training) with one employer, and in receipt of the appropriate wage. NOTE: you may start your employment up to a maximum of 6 months prior to the commencement of your off-the-job training.  The College will require a copy of your contract of employment and a wage slip to provide evidence that you are employed.

  • Third country nationals, including European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss Nationals and their family members, are eligible to undertake a HLA provided they have a right to live and work in the UK.  See HLA page for further details   

Duration

2

Start Date

Tuesday 05 September 2023

End Date

Saturday 28 June 2025

Progression Pathway

Upon successful completion of this programme, you may be eligible to progress to full chartered accountancy status through the Chartered Accountants Ireland professional Level 7 programme.

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