Professional Apprenticeships

Do you have the ambition to join one of Armstrong Watson's Professional Apprenticeship Schemes?

If you are finishing school or college, or looking to start on a new career path, one of our apprenticeships programmes might be the perfect option for you.

We’re an expanding business and the sky really is the limit with us.

When you’re with Armstrong Watson, you will be welcomed with rewarding work and a fantastic learning environment to reach your potential.

Alongside our Association of Accounting Technicians apprenticeships (AAT), each year we also offer a small number of Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) apprenticeship places.

Learn more about an AAT apprenticeship

Learn more about an ATT apprenticeship


Our Training Programme

Our training programme is perfect for you if:

  • You’re keen to start your career and earn a salary as early as possible;
  • You’re concerned about the cost of going to university;
  • You prefer on-the-job training to full time learning;
  • You respond well to coaching and feedback;
  • You like to be independent and challenge yourself
  • You're keen to avoid student debt and don’t want to wait to start your career ( and earn of course!)


Applications now closed for 2024 intake


To find out more about our apprenticeships, please read our AAT Accountancy Apprenticeship Brochure.

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Study Support

An AAT Level 4 is equivalent to a Higher Diploma or the first year of a degree. There will be plenty of on-the-job training to develop invaluable skills and you will be supported over a 3 year period to gain sought after accounting qualifications, establishing a solid foundation for a successful career in accounting. We also offer the prestigious Chartership (ACA) qualification, following on from AAT or after your degree, for those with the highest level of academic ability (it's tough at the top!)

You will be enrolled as a member of the AAT and will receive lots of useful information sent direct from your new professional body. Don’t worry, we pick up the tab for your membership fees.

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Working for Armstrong Watson

"It is exciting to be studying the AAT qualification one day a week and working four days a week. On the job training and studying is a really good way to build up knowledge and skills."

Accounting Assistant (AAT Trainee)

"Armstrong Watson have been extremely supportive in helping me progress further, providing valuable training, experience and the chance to challenge myself."

Accounting Assistant (AAT Trainee)

"The opportunity itself is a fantastic one that gives any new starter the prospect of a great career at a top-quality firm along with all the support and training needed as you progress. The way you’re treated by everyone in the firm from the day you apply makes you really want to succeed here. I know Armstrong Watson is a place I’m loving every minute working at and the colleagues I have met to date couldn’t be more pleasant and helpful."

Accounting Assistant (AAT Trainee)

"My experience here has been great over the first few weeks. I’m very appreciative of how welcome I’ve been made to feel by every member of the team since I began my employment, and in addition to this, the welcome approach of everyone has been extremely reassuring. In all honesty when I started this role I was unsure of what to expect, as a school leaver and especially during the last few years guidance for careers opportunity was very limited and basic at best, however I feel as if Payroll has given me a chance to discover something I can commit to long term as I’ve enjoyed every day here so far!"

Payroll Apprentice Administrator

"Moving to AW to complete my AAT training was the best decision I could have made. The amount of support from every member of the team is amazing. It is such a great place to work, there are so many opportunities and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to help me progress my career and knowledge of Accounting. I highly recommend this opportunity."

Accounting Assistant (AAT Trainee), Carlisle

"Studying AAT has given me valuable skills and knowledge that I can apply in my day to day work, and I will now be going on to study the ACA qualification. Working within a professional environment with the acquired skills from AAT has given me the confidence to progress within the workplace and moving forward hope my career will develop with the knowledge and expertise my training has given me."

Trainee Chartered Accountant, Leeds

"I joined Armstrong Watson in 2009 excited by the prospect of gaining qualifications as an apprentice while working full time; my preferred approach over University. Over the past nine years I’ve been supported through the AAT and ATT qualifications and given the opportunity to work with some fantastic people in different departments and locations across the firm. I’ve recently progressed to an Accounting Supervisor role advising and supporting mainly agricultural clients in and around Carlisle. The varied workload continues to challenge me day by day; just one of the things which makes Armstrong Watson a great place to work."

Accounting Manager, Carlisle

"I applied for the Armstrong Watson chartered Scheme after hearing about the opportunities a friend had been given during her time on the programme. Armstrong Watson are always providing me with a broad range of experience across different offices and departments to help support my chartered studies. Not only has this helped me to put the ACA theory into practice, but it has allowed me to continually build on my professional development in the workplace. I joined the Cumbria Chartered Accountancy Student Society as both ICAEW Student Council (ISC) representative and chair and I thoroughly enjoyed the roles, and the firm fully supported my involvement allowing me time out to travel to London and Cambridge to attend quarterly ISC representative meetings for the student council."

Audit & Assurance Senior Manager, Carlisle

Our Values


We share an enthusiasm for our firm and our clients. We have a real desire to contribute to making Armstrong Watson and our people successful, as well as ensuring our clients achieve success.


We can be relied upon as others have confidence in us, in our ability and in our integrity.


Actively demonstrate compassion, consideration and kindness for others.


We show fairness, consistency, integrity and are committed to being truthful, sincere and frank.