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The Professional Accountancy/Tax Technician apprenticeship is here
A new employer-led higher apprenticeship is now available.
So what is it and how does it work?
Leading employers, professional bodies and training providers have come together to develop a new apprenticeship standard for the audit, accountancy and tax professions.
The standard has been developed to provide school leavers with a further route into the accountancy sector and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours that they need to build a successful career.
Key to the move is the fact that the new standard has been designed to enable apprentices to study towards a professional qualification.
The Professional Accountancy/Tax Technician standard qualifies as a Higher Apprenticeship with the Government’s Trailblazer initiative. Bodies such as the AAT and ATT have welcomed the opportunity to work alongside employers and other professional bodies to develop this new employer-led standard.
KPMG is one of the employers that will be adopting the Accountancy/Tax Technician standard for its innovative apprenticeship programme KPMG360, which was launched in autumn 2015.
KPMG’s Michael Walby said: “As chair of the employer group that developed the standard I feel privileged to have worked alongside a diverse group of employers, professional bodies and training providers.”
He added: “Individual competitive advantage has been put aside in the interests of collaboration to improve access to opportunities for young people.”
This news came just before a new ACCA study found nearly a third of 16-18 year olds have received no careers advice relating to apprentices, putting the success of the Government’s flagship programme under threat.
The ACCA is now calling on the government to dramatically improve the consistency of careers advice that young people are receiving.
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