Co-designed with employers, this Foundation Apprenticeship will help school pupils develop the skills they need to enter a career in the accountancy industry.
Successful candidates will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy. This is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher, which is SCQF Level 6.
Example of course units include:
- Preparing management accounting information - Analysing account information
- Introduction to Bookkeeping - Principles of Bookkeeping
- Financial Accounting
The qualification includes:
National Progression Award (NPA) in Accountancy at SCQF Level 6 and either
core units of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Certificate in Accounting – SCQF Level 6, or
a core unit of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting at SCQF Level 6
a work-based challenge unit
Pupils should have a good level of written and spoken English, and good numeracy skills. They should have an interest in working in accountancy and a motivation to succeed in the sector. They should also have communication and team-working skills.
Potential apprentices are selected for the apprenticeship by their school. Pupils go through a recruitment process arranged by the college or other learning provider. We encourage you to get involved in this.
Progression and development
Pupils will form the skills, knowledge, and competence to move to employment in the financial services sector via:
a Modern Apprenticeship
further vocational training
Are you looking to hire? A Foundation Apprenticeship helps you to spot talented pupils and assess their skills over a longer period than an interview.
How does it work?
As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the apprenticeship. You can discuss this with the college or other learning provider who's working with you.
During the apprenticeship, each pupil must complete a work placement of about 1 day a week in S6. That helps them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the AAT or ACCA Award.
Cost and funding
There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.
How long will it take?
It can take 1 year or 2 years. Pupils study a Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, usually over S5 and/or S6.
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