Offer an Apprenticeship

Break with tradition by offering professional services apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have existed in Britain for over 650 years, as a way to train people in new skills, while providing paid work experience.

Why develop a Professional Services Higher Apprenticeship (PSHA)?

Many employers in the professional services sector believe higher apprenticeships will help them access the talent they need to grow and enlarge the pool from which businesses can recruit.

The typical tax professional or accountant grows up in a family that is better off than three out of four UK families so there is a risk that lack of diversity will hamper providing services to an increasingly diverse client base. 

Higher apprenticeships also allow businesses to tap into talent that may not be represented by traditional recruitment routes, whilst encouraging social mobility.

Why should you choose to hire a higher apprentice on the PSHA?

  • Employers who take on a 16–18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training.
  • 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeship programmes to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.

What does the Professional Services Higher Apprenticeship look like?

The PSHA has pathways in tax, audit and consulting at level 4 (equivalent to first level higher education). Each is composed of three elements:

  • Technical knowledge: Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualification for taxation; Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales’ (ICAEW’s) Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) qualification for the audit pathway; and, Certificate in Management Consulting, a new theory qualification for management consulting.
  • Practice: demonstrating competence in tax / audit / consulting methods and tools, and regulatory and technical updates.
  • Business skills: demonstrating competence in managing performance, business and commercial awareness, and communication skills.

What do I do next?

  • Talk to us: Visit the ATT website or contact us: higherapprenticeship [at]
  • Download our brochure: You can download a brochure made for employers, attached below.
  • Talk to the National Apprenticeship Service: Visit for more information about apprenticeships and the support you can access from the Government.

  • Talk to your training provider if you have one: Your training provider will help you to consider how you can embrace the Professional Services Higher Apprenticeship Programme in your organisation. If you do not have a training provider the ATT website gives you details of the ones that provide the Tax Qualification.

New Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme from 2017

The government is replacing the existing Apprenticeship scheme with a new employer-designed Trailblazer scheme from 2017. The ATT is proud to confirm it will be part of the Level 4 Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship standard. For further details click here.