Magazine article Public Finance

Partnership to Offer Study Pathway

Magazine article Public Finance

Partnership to Offer Study Pathway

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CIPFA has teamed up with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) to deliver an "end-to-end" qualification pathway for accountancy apprentices working in the public sector.

The apprenticeships will be delivered by the CIPFA Education & Training Centre. As part of the apprenticeships, students will study AAT's advanced (level 3) and professional (level 4) diplomas in accounting, before progressing to CIPFA's established public sector finance qualifications.

CIPFA chief executive Rob Whiteman told PF that the institute was very supportive of government policy on apprenticeships and efforts to boost skills and productivity.

The partnership offers a "whole career solution" to both employers and students, he said. "Trainees are able to qualify with AAT and go on to CIPFA under one scheme of study, but we can cover all of that within the apprenticeship levy arrangements," Whiteman told PF.

"We think it gives employers and trainees a great option to plan career training and to go straight on to CIPFA, or to take a break at AAT and go on to CIPFA later on."

Mark Farrar, AAT chief executive, added that his association's long standing in apprenticeships and technical education, together with CIPFA's public finance expertise, made a "great offer" for public sector employers. …

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