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  • End Point Assessments - what they mean for you and your apprentice

    by Lewis Charlesworth | Mar 08, 2019

    Join Kaplan and our EPA partners, ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and AAT for a series of informative and practical webinars.

    As new Accountancy Apprenticeship standards enter their third year of operation, more students and employers are preparing to take, or have taken, an End Point Assessment (EPA).

    For those following the new Level 7 programme, the first EPAs will take place in 2019 -   so it's a timely topic for many of the employers we speak to.

    The webinars explain:

    • What EPA involves for each Level, including an explanation of what methods of assessment are used

    • What 'Gateway' means and the key things you need to be prepared for when your apprentice gets to this stage

    • The logistics involved in entering for EPA, including information on how to apply and sitting timetables

    • How best to prepare your apprentice for EPA, including anticipated study leave, line manager input and tips from those who have successfully completed their assessments.

    Three of the webinars (CIMA, AAT & ACCA) are available to watch, and the ICAEW session will be delivered at the following time:

    Tuesday 16th April - ICAEW (Level 4 and Level 7)

    To ensure you're fully aware of everything involved in EPA, please register to playback or watch live (ICAEW).

  • End Point Assessments - what they mean for you and your apprentice

    by Lewis Charlesworth | Mar 08, 2019

    Join Kaplan and our EPA partners, ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and AAT for a series of informative and practical webinars.

    As new Accountancy Apprenticeship standards enter their third year of operation, more students and employers are preparing to take, or have taken, an End Point Assessment (EPA).

    For those following the new Level 7 programme, the first EPAs will take place in 2019 -   so it's a timely topic for many of the employers we speak to.

    The webinars explain:

    • What EPA involves for each Level, including an explanation of what methods of assessment are used

    • What 'Gateway' means and the key things you need to be prepared for when your apprentice gets to this stage

    • The logistics involved in entering for EPA, including information on how to apply and sitting timetables

    • How best to prepare your apprentice for EPA, including anticipated study leave, line manager input and tips from those who have successfully completed their assessments.

    Three of the webinars (CIMA, AAT & ACCA) are available to watch, and the ICAEW session will be delivered at the following time:

    Tuesday 16th April - ICAEW (Level 4 and Level 7)

    To ensure you're fully aware of everything involved in EPA, please register to playback or watch live (ICAEW).

  • End Point Assessments - what they mean for you and your apprentice

    by Lewis Charlesworth | Mar 08, 2019

    Join Kaplan and our EPA partners, ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and AAT for a series of informative and practical webinars.

    As new Accountancy Apprenticeship standards enter their third year of operation, more students and employers are preparing to take, or have taken, an End Point Assessment (EPA).

    For those following the new Level 7 programme, the first EPAs will take place in 2019 -   so it's a timely topic for many of the employers we speak to.

    The webinars explain:

    • What EPA involves for each Level, including an explanation of what methods of assessment are used

    • What 'Gateway' means and the key things you need to be prepared for when your apprentice gets to this stage

    • The logistics involved in entering for EPA, including information on how to apply and sitting timetables

    • How best to prepare your apprentice for EPA, including anticipated study leave, line manager input and tips from those who have successfully completed their assessments.

    Three of the webinars (CIMA, AAT & ACCA) are available to watch, and the ICAEW session will be delivered at the following time:

    Tuesday 16th April - ICAEW (Level 4 and Level 7)

    To ensure you're fully aware of everything involved in EPA, please register to playback or watch live (ICAEW).

  • End Point Assessments - what they mean for you and your apprentice

    by Lewis Charlesworth | Mar 08, 2019

    Join Kaplan and our EPA partners, ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and AAT for a series of informative and practical webinars.

    As new Accountancy Apprenticeship standards enter their third year of operation, more students and employers are preparing to take, or have taken, an End Point Assessment (EPA).

    For those following the new Level 7 programme, the first EPAs will take place in 2019 -   so it's a timely topic for many of the employers we speak to.

    The webinars explain:

    • What EPA involves for each Level, including an explanation of what methods of assessment are used

    • What 'Gateway' means and the key things you need to be prepared for when your apprentice gets to this stage

    • The logistics involved in entering for EPA, including information on how to apply and sitting timetables

    • How best to prepare your apprentice for EPA, including anticipated study leave, line manager input and tips from those who have successfully completed their assessments.

    Three of the webinars (CIMA, AAT & ACCA) are available to watch, and the ICAEW session will be delivered at the following time:

    Tuesday 16th April - ICAEW (Level 4 and Level 7)

    To ensure you're fully aware of everything involved in EPA, please register to playback or watch live (ICAEW).

  • Transferring your Apprenticeship Levy to other employers

    by Lewis Charlesworth | Feb 19, 2019

    This March we hosted a webinar on the Levy transfer, explaining what is, how it affects you, and how you can implement it.

    Register below to listen to the live recording. 

    In April last year, the Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA)  introduced enhancements to the Digital Apprenticeship Account System. This means that Levy paying employers are now able to transfer some of their levy pot to other employers (to be spent on Apprenticeship standard training in England).

    There is a large amount of money sitting in unspent levy accounts, so businesses are able to move money from the under spent Levy world to the under resourced non-levy world.

    The webinar covers:

    • What the scheme is and what it allows
    • How it works in practice including concerns over administration
    • The benefits for donors and recipients
    • How Kaplan can help.
  • Study tips from the world number 1

    by Lewis Charlesworth | Jan 30, 2019

    Studying for your CIMA qualification - or any for that matter - can be a daunting task. 


    With such a heavy workload, and so many study methods to choose from, it can be tricky to know where to start. 

    This is why we consulted our best in the world CIMA student, for her own personal study tips.

    We all have our own particular ways of studying, but given her recent success we thought it wouldn't hurt to see how she went above and beyond.
  • Best in the world - for CIMA case study

    by Lewis Charlesworth | Jan 25, 2019

    Meet Jade and Rachel….

    Both came 1st in the world for their CIMA case studies.

    It's a great achievement, so we wanted to hear more about their story. What happened when they found out, and what's next? 

    Rachel’s tutor, Davina Roberts, comments:

    To be ranked in one of the top five positions for a case study is incredibly impressive. This accolade will standout on Rachel's CV, throughout her career, highlighting her ability to triumph under stress and to communicate effectively 

    Enter the world of business accounting

    CIMA Certificate is the entry level qualification into business accounting. No prior knowledge or qualifications are needed.

    If you have an accountancy or finance degree, or are AAT qualified, you may be eligible to start studying CIMA at the Professional qualification. It's the largest professional body of management accountants and ideal for those who want to focus in management accounting.

    Ideal for high achievers like Jade and Rachel, and many great careers can follow those who study it.

    To find out more, visit our CIMA course page. 

  • The Kaplan King: From AAT to CIMA, and fully Chartered

    by Lewis Charlesworth | Nov 28, 2018

    Tom Kelly is 24 years old, a Project Accountant and has fully Chartered status.

    He started out as an AAT apprentice with Kaplan, but the last two years have seen him progress to the CIMA qualification and move on in his career.

    When you tell them you have letters after your name, it definitely opens doors. 

    The Kaplan King

    Sticking with Kaplan throughout his accountancy voyage, Tom discovered that our teaching methods suited his approach to learning.

    The continuity provided a level of comfort and consistency that enabled him to flourish “Kaplan provided excellent training throughout and their teaching styles suited me.”

    The future after AAT

    As an Accounting Technician, there are a range of fulfilling career routes available. You could even be eligible for exemptions from some higher learning units, meaning you can gain higher qualifications sooner than you might think and boost your earning potential.

    Our studies show

    That one third of all AAT students go on to chartered status.  

    Like Tom, you may opt to study as an apprentice, rather than take the university route. With AAT you don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to start, just a willingness to learn!

    This attitude has taken Tom all the way to being CIMA qualified.