Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week 2022 (7–13 February), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA UK) has urged communities to get behind apprenticeships by committing to change and action.

Through its ACCApprenticeships: Pledge for Potential, ACCA UK has asked employers, parents, schools, cother training providers to pledge their support of apprenticeships as an alternative entry route for all into the accountancy profession.

ACCA UK head Claire Bennison said: “By making one or more pledges, we can all back the benefits apprenticeships offer to trainees, employers and the economy. It’s a chance to showcase the difference apprenticeships can make within organisations, to improve social mobility and create more opportunities for all. Our Pledge for Potential demonstrates a commitment to apprenticeships and supports young people looking to join the profession as well as those looking to upskill for a new career or change of direction.”

Commenting on the type of pledges that could be made, Claire said: “Employers could pledge to offer apprenticeships if they don’t already, or take on more if they do. They could transfer their un-used levy fund to a small/medium sized organisation, to ensure great apprenticeship opportunities are available for all in their local community. ACCA pledges to continue to push government to make the transfer simpler for all businesses and to promote the value of apprenticeships through the UK.

“Training providers could pledge to help parents and local schools to better understand the apprenticeship opportunities that are available to students, and as a parent governor I’ll commit to speak to schools about apprenticeships; parents could promise to talk to younger family members, like I will, about all of the career pathways available to them after they finish school, not just university.”

In England, ACCA offers a Level 4 Accountancy Technician Apprenticeship and Level 7 Professional Accountant Apprenticeship. In Wales, ACCA offers a Level 4 Accountancy Technician Apprenticeship.