A pioneering national apprenticeship scheme to give school leavers an opportunity to qualify as chartered accountants without going to University is to be piloted in Sheffield in September.
The initiative, which will enable students leaving school at 18 with A levels to take up an apprenticeship with a training firm of accountants, was announced by Chris Hill, president of the Sheffield and District Society of Chartered Accountants, at the Society’s annual dinner.
He told Society members and guests:
“We are proud that this exciting initiative will be piloted in Sheffield and are pleased to announce it during National Apprenticeship Week.
“It will make entry into our profession more accessible to those not wishing to go to University.
“After joining the training firm students will gain their CFAB (Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business) qualification, obtain a degree and qualify as chartered accountants without incurring the debt that a university course currently entails.
“In four years they can become a graduate, a qualified chartered accountant and at the same time acquire valuable work-based experience.”
The course has been developed by, and is being run in conjunction with, BPPUniversity, a UK degree awarding body providing qualifications dedicated to business and the professions.
Mr Hill, a partner with Sheffield-based independent chartered accountants and specialist business advisors Hawsons, of Glossop Road, also told the dinner, held at the Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield, that two of his other presidential year aims – establishing and developing a forum for Society members working in business, and ensuring that participation in the YCAG (Young Chartered Accountants Group) and Students Society continued into the District Society – had both been achieved successfully.
Guest speaker was Brian Moore, who won 64 caps for the England rugby team between 1987 and 1995 and played in three World Cups.