Apprenticeships v Uni

Apprenticeships v Uni

Accountancy Apprenticeships v Uni – a great alternative!

It’s A-Level and GCSE results season and while much has been documented about how the exam grades have been assessed, we want to make you think wider than that.

Exam results (whether accurate or not); the ongoing issues surrounding COVID-19; the recession we now face and even Brexit – all have made many students question the desirability of going to university. And that’s even before they consider the massive debts they will generate and there being no guarantee of finding a job at the end of it all.

Why choose accountancy as a career?

An accounting qualification, can open up many doors for you. Not only does it give you a solid grounding in understanding finance and accounts, it enables you to specialise in the specific areas you are most interested in, such as financial reporting, taxation, auditing, credit control, financial management and so on.

There are so many different attributes to being an accountant, it really is one of the most varied professions you can work in. It’s certainly not a dull and boring job as has been historically portrayed!

There is a shortage of experienced accounting staff throughout the profession and so good quality, hardworking candidates with a positive attitude are highly sort after. If it’s a subject that you excel in, you will always have a satisfying and rewarding career.

Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to be a graduate to become a Chartered Accountant. There is now a clear apprenticeship progression route for school leavers via the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification, progressing through Level 2/3 and Level 4 at AAT onto ACA (Level 7). One can complete Levels 2/3 and 4 in around 2 ½ years, thus less time than a Uni degree and being paid throughout.

Apprenticeships add up!

Also, contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to be a maths superstar to be an accountant, you simply need to be numerate. You also need to be literate – as one of the roles of an accountant is to communicate with clients and colleagues – translating those pesky numbers into words providing real meaning, in the context of the organisation or business to which they relate.

Being an accountancy apprentice lets you experience the best of all worlds. Not only will you be employed by an organisation who clearly have a positive attitude towards training and developing their staff, you will be getting paid whilst you learn. Plus, on successful completion of your exams, you will have a qualification which will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career, regardless of which industry or type of job you work in.

As a result of the Government’s announcement to increase the funding available to organisations who want to employ an apprentice, we have seen a significant increase from both accountancy firms and finance departments in industry wanting to recruit accounting apprentices over the coming weeks.

There has never been a better time for school leavers to secure an accounting apprenticeship with an employer.

Accountancy Learning takes you from school leaver to successful professional!

At Accountancy Learning we are a multi-award-winning AAT training provider with nearly 30 years’ experience of delivering AAT training. We offer a range of accounting apprenticeships across the South West, covering Levels 2, 3, 4 (AAT) and 7 (ACA) as well AAT distance learning courses which are studied remotely, meaning they can be completed by anyone regardless of where they are in the UK (or abroad).

Unlike universities who run to set timetables, we only enrol our students onto an exam when they have shown that they are ready to sit it and pass with flying colours. As a consequence, our AAT exam pass rates are some of the highest in the country, well above the national average.

We have highly experienced and qualified tutors, who will give you as much or as little support as you require. This can be done remotely using a mix of methods including phone calls, emails and MS Teams, plus we have regional training centres in Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth and Falmouth where you can attend day release sessions each week, including one to one sessions with your tutor each week as and when needed. Our tutors will assess your work, keep you motivated and progressing forward and provide any additional support needed for you to pass your exams and successfully complete your apprenticeship.

Accountancy Learning offer the following types of apprenticeships:

  • Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 2) (AAT)
  • Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship (Level 3) (AAT)
  • Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship (Level 4) (AAT)
  • Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship (Level 7) (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England Wales (ICAEW) ‘ACA’ qualification)

 

Further information about our accounting apprenticeships can be found here.

Want to see if accountancy could be the career for you?

If all this sounds interesting, but you still need convincing accountancy could be ‘your thing’, we suggest you send us your CV. We can then enrol you onto our Bookkeeping Aptitude Test mini course. This will give you (and us) an insight into your suitability to continue with your accounting studies. If you score 90%, or above, in the end of course test (which can take less than a couple of days to complete) we will ask you to attend an interview (which can be done remotely on MS Teams) and subject to a positive outcome, we may place you on our ‘Talent Programme’ and put you forward as a candidate to prospective accountancy employers.

Take the first step

Before any of the above can happen, you have to take the ‘hardest’ step, and that’s to contact us! Our friendly team will answer any questions you have and steer you in the right direction. So, let’s kick-start that process here and now! Simply call us on 01392 244071, email us at: [email protected], or complete our online enquiry form.

A rewarding and successful career does not have to involve going to university.

Let us show you how and why!