ten apprentices told 'you're hired' in unique new training scheme


CIPFA, the world’s only professional accountancy body dedicated to public finance, has chosen the West Midlands to pilot a unique and innovative apprenticeship scheme launched at an event hosted by business and finance advisers Grant Thornton.

Designed to attract individuals to a career in public finance, the one-year apprenticeship is managed by CIPFA, allowing employers to focus on nurturing new talent within their organisations and apprentices on gaining valuable work experience while studying for a professional accountancy qualification.

Ten apprentices have joined the West Midlands-based pilot scheme; four at Grant Thornton’s Birmingham office, two at Birmingham City Council, two at Coventry City Council, one at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and one at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Speaking at the launch event Steve Freer, CIPFA Chief Executive, said:

“CIPFA is delighted this innovative and exciting apprenticeship training programme for young people has met with such enthusiasm from sponsors and employers across the West Midlands.

“The involvement of major local employers in this scheme means that the apprentices will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience alongside their studies in public finance.

“This apprenticeship scheme is another fantastic example of the partnerships CIPFA is developing to widen access to the accountancy profession, enable young people to build rewarding careers, and grow the next generation of public financial managers.”   

James Cook, Public Sector Assurance Associate Director at Grant Thornton in Birmingham, said:

“When we learned that West Midlands’ councils and CIPFA were developing this scheme, Grant Thornton was pleased to support them to build further on our position as the largest CIPFA employer and our already close working arrangements with public sector bodies in the region.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The apprenticeships scheme is being run by CIPFA and a consortium of employers in the West Midlands, including Grant Thornton, Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Nuneaton & Bedworth Council and Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust. The scheme will recruit and train apprentices who will work for the partner employers for a fixed term. During this time they will study for a recognised accountancy qualification.
  2. Apprentices are recruited and employed by CIPFA on a fixed term contract of one year. During this time they will work and study, developing their skills and implementing their knowledge throughout the contract. Training will be for a recognised Level 4 accountancy qualification and will be taught at the CIPFA Education and Training Centre (CETC) in Birmingham on day release. Applicants to the scheme require either an AAT Level 3 qualification or equivalent (A Levels, NVQs)
  3. For further details or to apply for the scheme, please visit the CIPFA website apprenticeships page.
  4. Employers with an interest in the scheme are welcome to get in touch about becoming employment providers.