ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has partnered with leading education and training provider Kaplan to offer ACCA client firms a comprehensive range of leadership and development programmes.
According to Mark Cornell, ACCA director of Europe and the Americas, this partnership was developed with an eye on the future:
'Today, businesses are demanding more from their people than they ever have before. The fact is, for those aiming for a long and successful career, just being technically proficient is no longer enough. Employers need the next generation of business professionals to master communication, collaboration and creativity.
'ACCA takes its responsibility in ensuring the next generation possesses the skills they need to succeed very seriously. Indeed, that is why the ACCA qualification is evolving to include a real-world focus in every element, so our ACCA accountants will be prepared to handle the challenges they’ll face in the workplace.'
Kaplan designs, develops and delivers tailored professional development programmes in close collaboration with clients to ensure they are relevant to the commercial needs of the organisation and ensure cultural fit. The in-house programmes being offered to ACCA clients are: the Kaplan First Time Manager; Finance Business Partnering; and a business simulation, the Kaplan Business Challenge. The Financial Literacy Diagnostic is part of a range of assessment tools that support our programmes and turn L&D cost into business investment.
Andrew Perkins, global director of leadership and professional development at Kaplan said:
'We work closely with our clients to support them at key touch points in their people’s careers – from recruitment and on-boarding, to supporting first time managers, developing talent, promoting retention and developing senior teams. We strive to make a real difference to all our clients’ and their people and this partnership is an important step toward achieving this ambition.'