ACCA apprenticeships in England

Making it easy for you to recruit and develop the financial talent you need to grow your business and stay relevant in this fast-moving world

Download our practical guide (PDF, 1.7 MB) for comprehensive information on apprenticeships.

As the world becomes more global, high tech and regulated, professional accountants must continue to evolve. Their demanding roles will require them to display a wider range of skills and competencies. So we’ve made changes to the ACCA qualification to ensure that ACCA accountants meet certain skills that you need, such as digital and emotional intelligence. This is so ACCA people have the professional skills, business acumen and dynamic thinking to add immediate value to your business.

So we’ve built a market-leading blend of technical, ethical and professional skills into our world-class accountancy qualification, and as our apprenticeship programmes are mapped to the ACCA qualification, apprentices will be trained in the same way. programmes.

So no matter where an individual starts from, or what experience they have, we give them what you need to build a finance team that will help your business succeed. It’s also much easier for you to up-skill existing employers and recruit and mould exciting new talent to your business culture with our funded apprenticeship pathways.

Apprenticeship funding

ACCA apprenticeships follow the Trailblazers standards in England, allowing employers to take advantage of available funding, whether you pay the Apprenticeship Levy or not.

There are many incentives for smaller employers, with the government offering between 90-100% of funding to cover apprenticeship training costs. So it really is a very cost-effective way to recruit and train staff.

Find out more about Levy Funding.

Debt-free development

ACCA’s apprenticeship programmes provide your apprentices with a flexible route into the profession. They allow them to develop professional skills and experience early, and launch a career in accounting and finance without the significant cost of a degree.

For business owners and managers, it offers a way to attract, engage, motivate, develop and retain skilled employees - the kind of people who will help you to drive your business forward.

Practical skills and quality learning

We've partnered with government, other professional bodies and training providers to develop and deliver the Accounting Technician and Professional Accountant Apprenticeship standards based on what employers say they want. And we think ahead so we’ve enhanced our students’ employability by making changes to the ACCA qualification, building in a market-leading blend of skills which are included in our apprenticeship programmes.

Download our brochure (PDF, 1 MB), to find out more about the changes to the qualification.  

Widening access to the profession

Making accountancy more accessible and developing and upholding high standards is just one way we are shaping the future of the accountancy profession.

Offering apprenticeships in a professional career as an accountant is another. We’re dedicated to creating opportunities for access to anyone of ability.

Career progression

Our Generation Next research insight shows young finance professionals want the opportunity to learn and develop skills. This is a key factor for employee retention, closely followed by career progression opportunities. Our pathways to chartered certified status can be aligned to your talent strategies and used to develop people at all levels to suit your needs.

There's a growing recognition of how apprenticeships offer a valuable, non-traditional route into the world of work and are an excellent vehicle to developing top talent.

Embedded degrees

Our apprenticeships are distinct from other accounting apprenticeships because they allow your apprentices to progress towards the full ACCA Qualification, the equivalent of a Master's.

And there are many and varied opportunities for your apprentices to continue studying with ACCA, including gaining a BSc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc in Professional Accounting from the University of London.

Apprenticeship entry level

The entry threshold is GSCE Grade A-C/4-9 English and maths. Individual employers will identify entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, training and other criteria.

Apprentices without English or maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to completion of the End-Point Assessment.

Download our table (PDF, 28 Kb) to see a breakdown of entry requirements for apprenticeships.