Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Author:Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - ACCA
Country:United Kingdom
Start Year:2018

John Cunningham, Regional Head of Education – Europe & Americas, john.cunningham@accaglobal.com

Types of organisation:Professional bodies and networks

The ACCA pledges to be a champion for Apprenticeships in Accountancy. We will:


·         Use our experience and expertise in developing Apprenticeships in the UK to support the development of Accounting Apprenticeships in other European countries where possible. For example, we have been supporting the government in the Republic of Ireland with the development of Accounting Apprenticeships and will continue to be an advocate for Apprenticeship learning whilst sharing our insights and experience. Indeed ACCA Ireland is an active member of the Regional Apprenticeship Alliance Ireland (first meeting was in February 2017), part of the ApprenticeshipAlliances.EU which establishes 6 Regional Apprenticeship Alliances involving over 80+ intermediaries, VET providers and wider stakeholders.  The Alliance promotes a system of cooperation for the intermediary support sector in the promotion and uptake of apprenticeship programmes.  These include academia (university, research centres, etc.), government (national, county, local, etc.), and industry (big companies, SMEs, smallholders, etc.) to reach common objectives.  Objectives include sharing best practice (locally and internationally) about the role of intermediary organisations, developing a “business case” to encourage SMEs to become apprentice employers and creating a Regional Alliance Toolkit.  ACCA Ireland are supporting the achievement of these objectives through presentations to the members (April 2017) and information and best practice sharing through regular meetings.


·         Support social mobility, which has been a cornerstone of the ACCA since its inception in 1904. ACCA apprenticeships provide access to high quality education and lead to the achievement of globally recognised professional qualifications, which are accessible to anybody of ability and commitment. These apprenticeships prove that through hard work and application, it is possible to become a respected professional Accountant and leader in business no matter what your background or circumstances may have been, and we take pride in the diversity of our student and member population.


·         Use our connections with the best Accounting Training Providers to encourage and support them to deliver Accounting Apprenticeships, and harness their networks to further raise awareness.


·         Support the UK government and its agencies in the development of high quality Accounting Apprenticeships that develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that businesses of all sizes and the public sector need from their Finance function, drawing on our expertise as the leading professional body for Accounting. We will continue and expand our role as a member of currently two Employer Led Steering Groups for Trailblazer Apprenticeships in the UK, advising on appropriate content and assessment to ensure that Accounting Apprenticeships enjoy support from the business community because they deliver value and develop relevant skills.


·         Work with employers to explain the benefits of Apprenticeships, helping them to navigate the associated rules and requirements, and helping them to recruit and develop the talented professionals that their businesses need. We will make our online Jobs Board available to aid Apprentice recruitment (one of the world’s largest professional accountancy job sites), we will further mobilise our team of business support professionals to advise more businesses than ever before on the apprenticeship rules and opportunities available to them and we will advise businesses of the opportunity for employers to get a greater return from their Training and Development budget by investing in Apprenticeships further enhancing qualifications.


·         Explain the Apprenticeship opportunities to individuals and parents in a way that is encouraging, supportive and clear, helping them to make sound decisions about their career development based on facts. This will include clear information on the ACCA’s website, in a range of leaflets and collateral, and tailored to the different Apprenticeship frameworks that exist in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Short company / organisation description:

ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the world's most forward-thinking professional accountancy body.


We believe that accountancy is vital for economies to grow and prosper, which is why we work all over the world to build the profession and make society fairer and more transparent. Our mission is to provide open opportunity and open access to people of ability wherever they are in the world, to support and promote the highest ethical, governance and professional standards and to advance public interest.

We have more than 200,000 fully qualified members and 486,000 students worldwide. They're among the world’s best-qualified and most highly sought-after accountants - and they work in every sector you can imagine.

Organisations know and trust our designation. We're out there every day, connecting with businesses large and small, governments, educational establishments and opinion formers. We're on top of emerging trends, legislation and legal requirements, helping to shape them.

Because of all this, we’re able to create the innovative, strategic-thinking accountants our fast-changing world needs.

Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
Area of action: Mobility

We will work with a wide network of partners as part of this pledge; governments and their agencies, businesses (large and SME’s), potential apprentices, parents, high quality training providers, universities and existing ACCA Members (over 85,000 across Europe).

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