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Accountancy and Tax Apprenticeships

The Accountancy and Tax professions require a level head and strategic thinking. So how about upskilling or recruiting a new member of your accounts team. Someone who listens, and has a passion to learn and apply their knowledge?


Kaplan has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering Accountancy Apprenticeship programmes, particularly within the AAT qualification, which can then lead to the esteemed CIMA, ACA and ACCA accountancy qualifications. We have been delivering Apprenticeships for over 15 years and are the largest private provider of Apprenticeships in the Accountancy sector.

In 2016, almost 25% of all new AAT apprentices were trained by Kaplan, many progressing onto further professional qualification training. We have won the AAT Apprenticeship Provider of the Year award for the last 3 consecutive years; such is the quality of our training and experience in this sector.

We strive to stay at the forefront of new developments in the Accountancy Apprenticeship sector. We have been an active member and influencer of all 4 Accountancy and Tax Trailblazer groups, helping to define and design the new Standards and assessment approach. With our combined experience and sector expertise, who better to trust with this investment in your Apprenticeship training?

Accountancy and Tax brochure

Take a more detailed look at how we'll deliver Accounting and Tax training to your apprentices in our brochure.

What's included

Kaplan apprentices are supported throughout their whole programme by a dedicated Talent Coach, experienced in the business area they are coaching, who will help them to contextualise their learning and reflect on their work performance and any development needs. This approach will ensure your apprentice develops a deep commercial understanding of business and, most importantly, your business. Because of this, they’ll make better decisions and have greater impact in the work they complete for you.

Registration and recruitment
We are a full service provider and can support on all aspects of Apprenticeships including extensive recruitment services, to ensure you find the right candidate for your organisation. We also manage all of the administrative aspects of registering your apprentices onto a scheme, minimising hassle for you.
Funding and compliance
Kaplan has a wealth of experience in managing and complying with ESFA requirements for the registration, maintenance and certification of learners. 
We manage all of the complex compliance and reputational risks that come with administering publicly funded education, while ensuring that the training your employees receive remains at the high corporate standard you rightly expect.
Technical knowledge
Successfully preparing learners for professional exams is at the very heart of what we do. Over the last 10 years we have continually embraced innovation in this space, pioneering the latest learning technologies and methods to offer our clients truly flexible training options, without compromising on the quality of the learning experience.
Skills and behaviours
Through milestone maps created for each programme, we develop a learning journey that combines the Technical Qualification with access to up to 25 online Skills e-learning sessions that explore the skill or behaviour in more detail, and help apprentices think about how they can apply it more effectively in their role.
Monitoring and support
Each apprentice is assigned their own dedicated Talent Coach for the duration of their Apprenticeship. Via a series of regular proactive check-in points, the talent coach is the ’go to person’ with any questions about their programme or if they need additional support. They will also work with your apprentice to create a unique Milestone Map, which will detail all of the key work, learning and development milestones they personally need for the achievement of their Apprenticeship.
End Point Assessment
All elements within our programmes are geared towards the main aim of getting the learner ready to take their End Point Assessment (EPA). EPA is an essential part of all Apprenticeship programmes as through completing and passing it, Apprentices gain their Apprenticeship.

Qualification structure

Qualification levels indicate how advanced a qualification is, and there is overlap across different ones. For example, Level 2 is equivalent to the first year of AAT, or GCSE grades A* - C, a Level 2 NVQ, and so on. Apprenticeships start from Level 2, all the way to Level 7, equal to a professional accountant, postgraduate diploma, or master's degree.


Level 2

Entry Level

Level 3

Assistant Accountant

Level 4

Professional Accounting / Tax technician


Why choose Kaplan?

Kaplan works with accountancy and tax organisations across the UK to support, develop and upskill new and emerging talent with our quality Apprenticeship programmes. We’ll support you in three main ways:

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  • Start dates that suit you

    You can start the programme at a time in the year to suit your organisation.

  • Flexible ways to study

    We provide a choice of traditional classroom teaching, Live Online courses and OnDemand learning.

  • Level 2 - 7 programmes

    We offer the full range of accountancy and tax qualifications delivered through an Apprenticeship and seamless progression from one to another.

  • Identifying training needs

    An Apprenticeship Advisor will work with you and listen carefully to what you’re looking to achieve, always recommending the right route for you.

  • Track record in delivery of Apprenticeships

    We have over 15 years of experience.

  • Focused on outcomes

    All of our programmes are designed to meet the individual needs of the learner and map to the specific outcomes needed for the role.

  • Embedded learning

    We can deploy a series of practical development workshops in addition to core programmes.

  • Qualified expert tutors

    Your staff will be trained by qualified accountants and tax professionals employed as tutors

  • Dedicated talent coach

    Each apprentice is assigned their own dedicated talent coach.

  • Online support

    Every apprentice is provided with access to MyKaplan and MyKaplan-Apprenticeships for their technical and skills and behaviours learning

  • Instant tutor support

    All apprentices can access expert tutor support 362 days a year through phone, email and livechat.

Our commitment to Apprenticeships

Each year Kaplan invests millions of pounds in learning materials, technology and a top team of over 200 qualified and expert tutors.


Delivering Apprenticeship programmes for over 15 years


AAT Apprenticeship Provider of the year, 2015, 2016 and 2017


PQ Magazine Innovation in Accountancy winners


Accredited Tuition provider at the highest level by all Accountancy and Tax institutes


75 of the FTSE Top 100 companies have used Kaplan*


The top 10 UK accountancy firms have had students studying with Kaplan


The only publisher approved by ACCA and CIMA for study materials


Accredited in relevant areas by ILM, Ofsted and the Matrix standard

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