Backing talent through apprenticeships
This Scottish Apprenticeship Week ICAS is highlighting the value apprenticeships can bring to individuals, employers and the economy.
In 2019, ICAS began offering a Scottish apprenticeship route to becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA). The government-funded scheme is an accredited work-based learning programme combining an honours degree from Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) with the globally recognised ICAS CA qualification.
The five-year Graduate Apprenticeship in BA Hons (Accountancy) from RGU allows students to learn in the workplace alongside supported online learning and classes on campus. In their fourth year, the ICAS Test of Professional Skills modules are studied, with Test of Professional expertise in the final year.
Those apprentices currently enrolled on the course are all employed in full-time positions, in sectors ranging from food services to local government. The route has proved to be a great option for aspiring CAs based in more rural parts of Scotland with the 2019-20 cohort currently working in locations across Scotland. Because apprentices can earn while they learn, the route is helping to open up accountancy as a career option for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.
Employers benefit too as the programme offers an innovative, low-cost way to upskill staff while bringing fresh talent into the business.
About Scottish Apprenticeship Week
Scottish Apprenticeship Week takes place from 1 to 5 March. This year’s theme is Business Backing Talent, to showcase the great things that happen when employers back talent through apprenticeships.
ICAS’ Level 7 Accounting Apprenticeship
In England ICAS offers the Level 7 Accounting Apprenticeship. This is a funded scheme available to all employers in England. It is a great way for employers to tap into a diverse talent pipeline, while also giving people the opportunity to train as accountants.