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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 a Foundation Accounting Apprenticeship Programme directed at school/college leavers which aims to attract new entrants to the NHS.

Foundation Accounting Programme

The 18-month programme comprises the following standard and qualifications:

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

The programme is currently delivered by First Intuition which involves attending training one day per week in either Liverpool or Manchester.

Apprentices are employed on an 18-month, fixed term contract based on an Agenda for Change Band 2 Annex 21 salary.  Click here to find our more detailed information on the Foundation Accounting Programme.

Since the introduction of the Foundation Programme in 2016 there have been over 120 enrolments on Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships with higher than national average rates of retention and achievement.

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

Julie Davison
Regional Apprenticeships Manager

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