Apprenticeships have existed in Britain for over 650 years, as a way to train people in new skills, while providing paid work experience.
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.
The PSHA has pathways in tax, audit and consulting at level 4 (equivalent to first level higher education). Each is composed of three elements:
Talk to the National Apprenticeship Service: Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk 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.
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.