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Building on CIPFA’s reputation of championing excellence in public finance management, we now offer the CIPFA Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship (CFIA).
The first cohort for the new Level 4 course will start in April 2021 and registration is open until 12 March. Please email CIPFA's Counter Fraud Apprenticeship team on email@example.com and we'll talk you through the process.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (8 to 12 February) we hosted a webinar to introduce the apprenticeship. If you were unable to join us, use the links below to catch-up on the session.
Following CIPFA's recent roundtable discussion on future changes and risks in the public sector and the implications for counter fraud at GovNet's Counter Fraud 2021 Conference, we are hosting a follow-up webinar on Tuesday 9 March (12-1pm). Join us to debate how you need to balance people, culture and financial resourcing within your organisation to create a robust fundamental foundation from which to tackle fraud at a preventative level. Guest speakers include Michael Frost, Audit and Anti-fraud Manager at Buckinghamshire Council.
Please note that there are additional incentive payments available for employers who hire a new apprentice before 31 March 2021. More information is available here.
At CIPFA we are committed to delivering education and lifelong learning of the highest quality. This is a market-leading programme that will deliver innovative, dynamic and relevant training to aspiring counter fraud professionals working in a range of investigative roles. The programme incorporates a blended learning approach which promotes the development of professional standards, knowledge, skills and behaviours essential in achieving professional competence in the field.
The apprenticeship will take around two years to complete and learning activity is supported by structured on-the-job training. In addition to live web classes, all apprentices have access to our virtual learning environment, CIPFA Learning where they will find online resources to support their journey. Apprentices will also have access to their Individual Learning Record, where they can monitor their learning outcomes and track their development, thus ensuring successful progression to the End Point Assessment.
CIPFA's Counter Fraud Apprenticeship team will be on hand to provide support to apprentices and employers throughout the course of the programme.
Download the CIPFA Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship brochure
The Level 4 Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship funding band has been approved at £15,000 to pay for the training of each apprentice. Employers in England can use their Apprenticeship Levy accounts to fund the training costs of their new and, in some cases, their existing counter fraud employees.
Apprentices will learn how to:
Apprentices will also gain valuable workplace skills and behavioural techniques, including:
Apprentices without level 2 English and Mathematics (GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C) on entry will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End Point Assessment.
Prospective apprentices are fully assessed against all of the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the professional standard prior to being accepted for an apprenticeship. Those with prior learning are not automatically precluded but they must meet the conditions of eligibility to enter the programme.
The classroom sessions will be delivered online by our CFPAB accredited counter fraud trainers.
Other study modes include e-learning, workshops, extensive written materials, mini projects, directed self-study and structured workplace tasks and learning activities.
Full time apprentices will typically spend 24 months on-programme working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.