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New Level 3 Accountancy Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standard is given green light

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We are really pleased to learn that the Department for Education (DFE) has approved the Level 3 Assistant Accountant Trailblazer Standard as being ready for delivery.

This now means that two Apprenticeships in the Accountancy sector are now ready to be used under the Trailblazer initiative at Level 3 and Level 4.

The standard and assessment plan have been created by a group of employers, training providers and the AAT. Apprentices completing the Apprenticeship will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be an Assistant Accountant across industry, practice and public sector. It compliments both the AAT’s 2016 new syllabus and the Level 4 Trailblazer standard for Professional Accounting/Tax Technician already available, with apprentices completing a synoptic test and bringing together a portfolio of work showcasing the best of their achievements.

Kaplan is delighted to have played a leading role in the development of this standard. Earlier this week the value of lower level Apprenticeships was called into question by the National Audit Office, a view we would challenge when you consider Apprenticeships such as this one. For somebody wanting to embark on a career in Finance, the chance to complete this Apprenticeship with a respected, transferrable professional qualification embedded within it is a really positive step that should be encouraged and championed.

We look forward to welcoming new starts on this programme.

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For any questions about this or any other Apprenticeship matter, please contact Cassandra MacDonald, Head of Professional Apprenticeships at cassandra.macdonald@kaplan.co.uk