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Work Experience through Access Accountancy

Access Accountancy was founded by and for the accountancy profession, to realise a more representative workforce by socio-economic background. The mission is to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of accessing the accountancy profession based on merit, not background.

The programme was established in 2014 with the ambition to promote diversity across all levels of the sector in the face of overwhelming evidence showing that applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds are less likely to be hired.

Organisations that sign up to Access Accountancy commit to measurable outcomes, which aim to deliver real change and welcome talented young people from all backgrounds, supporting social mobility.

Who is eligible for Access Accountancy?

Work experience as part of Access Accountancy is for students that:

  • Attend a state school or college and;
  • Are in year 10, 11, 12 or 13 (the exact year required will depend on the placement) and;
  • The occupation of their main household earner when you were aged 14 is categorised as a lower socio-economic background or;
  • Are/have been eligible for free school meals or;
  • Attend a school that is above the regional average in terms of the number of students eligible for free school meals or;
  • Would be the first member of their immediate family to attend university.

Access Accountancy does not set academic entry requirements, it is up to individual organisations if they wish to do this, making sure these are not a barrier to potential talent.

How do I find out more?

NHS Finance departments from the East of England region provide work experience placements as part of the Access Accountancy scheme.  There are currently no work experience weeks being advertised – we’ll update this page when further opportunities are available.



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