CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, has been accepted onto the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.
This means CIPFA will now able to deliver accountancy and finance apprenticeships, starting from autumn this year.
The announcement follows the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy, which is a key part of the government’s plans for boosting productivity by investing in skills.
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 that 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.”
To help public sector organisations navigate the Apprenticeship Levy, CIPFA has produced The Levy, Apprenticeships and the Public Sector, a document that explains the new policy and how it will impact public bodies.
CIPFA will also be hosting an open day on 15 June, which will help public sector bodies understand their apprenticeship requirements and will provide an introduction to CIPFA’s apprenticeships offer.