CIPFA CEO Rob Whiteman congratulates Grant Thornton on social mobility award after participation in CIPFA apprenticeship scheme


Grant Thornton has been named a ‘Social Mobility Champion’ by the Deputy Prime Minister, in recognition of their commitment to hiring and developing young people. The award comes to Grant Thornton following their involvement in CIPFA’s pioneering apprenticeships programme.

CIPFA’s apprenticeships scheme is designed to attract individuals to a career in public finance, the one-year apprenticeship is managed by CIPFA, allowing employers to focus on cultivating new talent within their organisations, while apprentices on the scheme gain valuable work experience in a variety of public sector settings at the same time as studying for a professional accountancy qualification.

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of CIPFA, welcomed the award saying:

“CIPFA is delighted that our apprenticeship scheme has had a hand in making sure young people have fair and open access to employment opportunities at Grant Thornton.

“Our apprenticeship scheme means businesses can benefit from training untapped talent across the UK. We fully back the Social Mobility Champion award as a fantastic way to reward Grant Thornton, who recognised the potential of young people through our scheme, regardless of their background.”


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Notes to editors

Social Mobility Business Compact Champions:

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced the 12 companies who were considered to be champions at the Skills show in Birmingham yesterday.

The Social Mobility Business Compact, SMBC, was set up in 2011 to ensure that all young people have fair and open access to employment opportunities.

The champions are signatories of the Social Mobility Business Compact, they were contracted to adhere to the following:

  • developing the business’ relationship with schools and young people;
  • targeting the business’ efforts with institutions with above average levels of disadvantage;
  • widening the geographical spread of opportunities;
  • offering well-structured non-graduate entry-routes; and,
  • driving forward recruitment practices that eliminate barriers to social mobility.

CIPFA apprenticeships scheme

CIPFA’s Apprenticeship Scheme recruits and trains ambitious young individuals in public financial management as an alternative to studying at university.

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, we champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.

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