CIPFA becomes government-approved apprenticeship provider

23 May 17

CIPFA has become an approved trainer as part of the government’s push to increase the number of apprenticeships.

The membership organisation will be listed on the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) register of apprenticeship training providers, allowing it to deliver apprenticeships as part of the govenrment's apprenticship levy programme.

A number of accountancy and finance apprenticeships will be launched from the autumn this year as part of the government’s target for 3m more apprenticeships to have started in England by 2020.

The announcement follows the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April this year.

Firms with a pay role of more than £3m a year must contribute towards the levy and can then draw down money to help with the costs of apprenticeship training. They must choose from the registered list of approved providers.

Giles Orr, director of learning delivery and partnership at CIPFA, said: “Right across the public sector we are seeing tremendous changes in the way services are delivered and in order to meet these challenges it is vital the right people, with the right skills, are in place – particularly when it comes to managing finances.

“The apprenticeship levy demonstrates that the government is serious about nurturing the next generation of public sector professionals and ensuring we are not left with a skills gap.”

CIPFA is hosting an open day on the 15 June, which will help public sector bodies understand their apprenticeship requirements and will provide an introduction to CIPFA’s apprenticeships offer.

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