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The Next Generation

Routes into the accountancy profession and paths to the ACA qualification used to look rather different; some of you probably trained as an articled clerk and this approach lives on though the Authorised Training Principals (ATPs) who advise, monitor and guide today’s students. But ICAEW routes into the profession have always evolved, and this is reflected in the new apprenticeships: the Level 4 accounting technician apprenticeship (launched earlier in 2017) and the Level 7 apprenticeship (still under development).

In 2013, government reforms put employers in control of designing new Trailblazer apprenticeships. ICAEW has partnered with large and small employers and training providers to develop the new apprenticeship plans and standards, which are replacing the old apprenticeship frameworks, for the accountancy, audit and tax professions. “Members of the sector have worked together to improve access to opportunities for young people,” says Henry Irving, head of the Audit & Assurance Faculty.

The government-approved Trailblazer apprenticeships have been designed to develop a standard set of technical knowledge, practical and wider skills and behaviours specific to the sector. Going forward, ICAEW’s role is to provide high quality, rigorous end-point assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the government’s apprenticeship standard.

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