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Accounting returns to WorldSkills for 2021 cycle

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Finding the UK’s best trainee Accountant

Kaplan are once again on the hunt for talented accountants to enter the Accountancy Technician Skills Competition in 2021.

We’re delighted to announce that we will be launching the first official National Accounting competition, in conjunction with WorldSkills UK, as part of their 2021 cycle.

This team competition, which is aimed at apprentices, is designed to reflect the role of an Accountant and demonstrate the standards that are expected in the world of finance.

There will be qualifying heats with winners of these proceeding to the WorldSkills UK LIVE finals.

WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event which takes place annually. Competitors in the National Accounting Competition will be expected to demonstrate a range of applicable skills and competencies relevant to their field.

We know that we have incredibly talented apprentices and students at Kaplan, so we want them to show off what they know to the rest of the country. There will be students from many different training providers, so it’s a great opportunity to meet others and share knowledge.

As this is a team competition for up to 3 members, you may want to discuss this with your employer and colleagues early, to ensure you have sufficient time to get a team together and enter. Likewise, if you are an employer or an education institute, it’s worth considering if you have any apprentices/students you’d like to consider discussing this with in preparation for 2021’s competition.

If your team makes it through to the National Qualifiers, you’ll go on to the National Finals held at WorldSkills UK LIVE in November 2021. Dates for our qualifiers are yet to be announced, so keep an eye out for updates.

We hope apprentices and students alike will see this as an opportunity to display their talents to the rest of the country and compete to be recognised as the best young accounting minds in the country.

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan

We’ll be making further announcements in the New Year about entry requirements, registration deadlines and our regional heat dates and structure. Keep an eye out for further news, and for more information check out the Worldskills website.

In the meantime, if you have a team in mind from your organisation, school or college, please contact Stephen Cunningham to discuss arrangements: stephen.cunningham@kaplan.co.uk