As an accounting trainee, you would be working with an accountant who is CCAB qualified, who would be in essence your mentor for the field of accountancy. The vast majority of accounting jobs in the UK state that the organization is looking for CCAB-qualified accountants. As a trainee, you could land a job with an organization to train in accounting while you were going to school for accounting to get some hands on experience.
Trainee accounting jobs are quite plentiful within the UK because of the vastness of accounting jobs throughout the area. While accounting may seem boring to some, there is still a need for new, young accountants to enter the field, which is why CCAB-qualified accountants are taking new people under their wings as trainees--to keep a steady flow of accountants who are CCAB-qualified in the ranks.
In the UK, there are different levels of accountants:
Chartered Certified Accountant: A member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants whose designation letters would read ACCA or FCCA.
Chartered Accountant: A member of either the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, with designation letters of ACA or FCA, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland with designation letters of CA, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland with designation letters of ACA or FCA, or any recognized equivalent body from another commonwealth country, such as Canada.
Chartered Management Accountant: A member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, with designation letters of ACMA or FCMA.
Chartered Public Finance Accountant: A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy with designation letters of CPFA.
International Accountant: A member of the Association of International Accountants with designation letters of AIAA or FAIA.
Authorized Public Accountant: A member of the Association of Authorized Public Accountants with designation letters of AAPA.
Incorporated Financial Accountant: A member of the Institute of Financial Accountants with designation letters of FFA or AFA.