Our Partnership With Grant Thornton: A Different Kind of Accountancy Training Programme
The modern finance function in any organisation has a role to play well beyond just getting the numbers right. Building a finance function that can effectively partner with the organisation, advise on the strategic agenda and help steer the organisation through change is increasingly the new norm. This requires outstanding technical and commercial skills, as well as a mind for risk considerations and strategic judgement.
We have created a new model for professional development in the accountancy sector, bringing a blended approach to learning centred on developing capability that can be immediately applied in the workplace. Our programmes combine exemplar learning resources from Babington and commercial insight and one-to-one support from Grant Thornton professionals. Designed for all levels in the finance function – from people starting out in their finance careers through to people looking to become senior finance leaders. Accredited qualifications include the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), through to the prestigious Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) while developing highly valuable leadership skills.
Babington and Grant Thornton combine expertise in training and assessment with commercial insight to create a new approach to professional development. Participants gain industry-recognised qualifications while benefitting from the latest thinking in accountancy practice and the broader role of the finance function.
- Buddy – Learners are buddied up with a Grant Thornton professional, for support and insights.
- Blended Learning – Workshops, boot camps, study support and PDR.
- On-Demand Digital Platform – BabingtonOnline: Videos, downloadable resources, practice tests and blogs.
- Industry Events – Provided by the Grant Thornton partnership, access to technical seminars and other business insights.
Find out more about the partnership between Babington and Grant Thornton here.
ACCA qualification leading to Chartered Accountantship
On completion of this qualification the apprentice will become a Chartered Accountant.
Apprentices will follow the full ACCA Qualification syllabus and learn the technical knowledge, skills and behaviours required for the Level 7 apprenticeship standard; this includes business insight, professional scepticism and leadership. Apprentices must also complete ACCA’s Ethics and Professional Skills module so they can understand and apply the relevant ethical standards to their own behaviour.
Learners will focus on the drivers of change that will shape the role future finance professionals will play in your organisation such as digital technologies, increased regulation and stronger governance, globalisation and higher expectations overall. This means they will be fully trained to future-proof your business and add value to your organisation from day one with their professional skills, business acumen and strategic thinking.
On completion of the ACCA apprenticeship, the learner will achieve ACCA chartered certified status and the option to work towards professional membership to the ACCA.
CIMA qualification leading to Chartered Management Accountantship
Completing this qualification means the learner can become a Chartered Management Accountant.
As accountants in business, Management Accountants need to understand how businesses operate, how they are managed, how people work together and how strategy is formulated.
They also need to be able to provide the analysis which managers need to understand the economics of a businesses’ operations, to manage performance and to manage risk. These capabilities are in addition to the core technical financial accounting skills expected of a professional accountant
The qualification is broken down into 4 levels and is structured around 3 pillars that work across all levels. The levels being: certificate, operational, management and strategic with the pillars running through the levels being enterprise, financial and performance.
On completion of the CIMA Professional Qualification, the learner will be awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, recognising their value and showcasing their professionalism, business and leadership skills, ethics and commitment.
Professional Accountants are recognised around the world as respected leaders in accountancy, finance and business. The apprenticeship programme is for employees at any stage of their career, offering two different qualifications depending on whether the learner is working towards qualifying as a Chartered Accountant or a Chartered Management Accountant.