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Kick-start your career with a Higher Apprenticeship with ICAEW

If you’re bright, ambitious and keen to kick-start your career, then our Higher Apprenticeship could be ideal for you.

A Higher Apprenticeship is an alternative route to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. You can choose to work in Assurance/Audit or Tax – but both programmes will give you the experience, support and on-the-job learning you need to get your career off to a great start.

Not sure an ICAEW Higher Apprenticeship is for you? Here’s a bit more about what’s involved.

  • You’ll have constant support and guidance from ICAEW and your authorised training employer.
  • You’ll study ICAEW CFAB whilst working as an apprentice.
  • You’ll have a full-time job, salary, and study options that could see you qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant by the age of 21.

Interested? Hear more from our top apprentice, Simone, who started her career with an ICAEW Higher Apprenticeship in Assurance/Audit.

I have gained so much from doing a Higher Apprenticeship instead of going to university. I have practical knowledge which you can’t read from a text

higher appreniticeshipbook, and I’ve also started to grow my professional network. This gives me a head start for when I start trying to win clients at work. I’m an auditor, so I am usually based at my clients’ offices. I find it really exciting as this means that no week is the same and I get to see such a wide range of businesses. The Higher Apprenticeship doesn’t just consist of exams either; I’ve also chaired meetings and delivered Power Point presentations to senior members of staff. This experience will be key in my career.

the best thing about doing a Higher Apprenticeship is that you can earn and learn and the same time. I have been able to use everything that I’ve learnt and relate it to the workplace, which really helps to gain a better understanding of it all. The qualification you do as part of the Higher Apprenticeship (ICAEW CFAB) is also part of the ICAEW, so I have been able to attend events put on by my local student society. This gave me a sense of belonging and a great support network.

I would recommend a Higher Apprenticeship to everyone who is keen for a career in accounting. I think it is the best decision I have made to date. But be prepared to sacrifice your time around exams to ensure you are thoroughly prepared. I think it’s all about preparation with exams. Even though it may not seem appealing to give up your weekend, the feeling when you pass can’t be beaten!’

There are so many reasons why you should choose an ICAEW Higher Apprenticeship. Find out more about our programmes here.

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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