Amy Freeman

Kaplan plans to launch two further apprenticeships in tax and audit on the back of the Higher Level Apprenticeships Fund UK Prime Minister David Cameron launched in July 2011.

These apprenticeships will offer a defined, accredited route into professional services and will lead to a coveted level four qualification. They are additional offerings to the current accountancy apprenticeships (AAT) Kaplan provides.

During National Apprenticeship week this year, Cameron called for apprenticeships to be the ‘new norm’ for people opting out of university.

Kaplan said extending its training offering to businesses operating in financial services will also help bridge the gap between vocational learning and higher education – helping young people find a cost-effective, work-based alternative route to becoming a qualified accountant.

"It is talented employees that make or break any business and every employer wants hard working and bright staff to drive the organisation forward. Higher apprenticeships provide a unique opportunity for young people who are keen to achieve a recognised, advanced qualification accredited by the accountancy and tax professional bodies, with an education route that lets them learn in a working environment, earn a wage and embark on a successful career," Kaplan head of apprenticeships Gill Rogerson said.

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Chartered accounting firm Tait Walker’s HR partner Gordon Goldie said "with millions of young people still currently out of work, we believe that apprenticeships offer a real opportunity for the region’s unemployed and employers alike".

"Bringing in fresh young talent is a great investment and adds a new dynamic to our existing team at Tait Walker. The AAT apprenticeship route compliments our established graduate intake scheme and so far the quality of young people joining our business as apprentices has been very impressive, with all candidates demonstrating a real enthusiasm and eagerness to learn new skills."