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Qualifications through Apprenticeships

There are many professional qualifications now that can be included in an apprenticeship.  Have a look at the list below and click on the links to see if any might be of interest to you:

  • AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) –  Offer five accounting qualifications, each of which takes six to 18 months to complete.
  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) – ACCA Apprenticeships attract significant government funding. They are a highly cost-effective easy way to recruit and develop the financial talent you need.
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) – CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants.
  • CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accontancy) – Offering three entry points depending on  levels of work experience, educational background and career aspirations.  Their apprenticeships are tailored for aspiring public finance professionals.
  • ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) – Open to anyone with A-Levels or similar qualifications, as well as graduates or career-changers.


Apprenticeships in the NHS in the North West

In the North West the Skills Development Network currently has both a Foundation Accounting Apprenticeship Programme directed at school/college leavers and a Professional Accountancy Apprenticeship Programme targeted at graduates; both programmes aim to attract new entrants to the NHS.

Foundation Accounting Programme

The two year programme comprises the following standard and qualifications:

  • Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship
  • AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

The programme is currently delivered by iCount which involves attending training one day per week in either Liverpool or Manchester.
The cost of the training, covered by the levy, is £7,500.

Apprentices are employed on a two year, fixed term contract based on the national minimum wage for their age.  Click here to find our more detailed information on the Foundation Accounting Programme

Professional Accountancy Programme

The three year programme comprises the following standard, qualifications and training:

  • Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship
  • CIPFA professional examinations
  • Management Development Programme (ILM Endorsed Award)
  • The programme is currently delivered by CIPFA which involves attending day release training in blocks in Manchester.

The cost of the training, covered by the levy, is £21,000.  Click here to find our more detailed information on the Professional Accounting Programme

There is an annual intake of apprentices on programme. Initial expressions of interest are requested in the spring of each year with recruitment taking place over the summer and apprentices commencing in post in the autumn.

Since the introduction of the Foundation Programme in 2016 there have been over 70 enrolments on Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships with higher than national average rates of retention and achievement. The Professional Programme, which only commenced in 2018, has 13 apprentices on programme.

For further information on  the North West Skills Development apprenticeship programmes please contact:

Julie Davison
Head of Apprenticeships

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