National training provider, Babington and leading financial adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP have extended their contract for another five years. Bringing together their respective areas of expertise in training, assessment and industry insight, this partnership enables delivery of unique, industry recognised and market-leading Accountancy apprenticeship programmes to continue.
Including AAT, CIMA and ACCA qualifications, their collaborative accountancy training enables participants to gain industry professional qualifications, whilst benefiting from access to the latest thinking and high-quality resources in accounting practice.
Since launching in 2017, more than 950 people have started these apprenticeship programmes.
David Marsh, CEO, Babington said:
“Our partnership with Grant Thornton has enabled us to ensure that our Accountancy apprenticeships are market-leading, offering insight and support from the absolute experts. We have seen these programmes go from strength to strength and are really pleased to be re-launching this relationship for another five years. The feedback from our learners and customers has been fantastic and clearly articulates why our programmes are considered to be significantly better than others in the market. We look forward to the next five years and being able to continue to ‘Develop Better Futures’ aligned to our core purpose.”
Ty Butler, Babington Strategic Lead for Accountancy, Legal and Professional Services Said:
“We are thrilled to be carrying on our partnership with Grant Thornton, supporting the accountancy sector by developing the next generation of financial leaders.”
The Accountancy Professional Level 7 Programmes are available for both new recruits and existing employees within UK organisations.
With a fresh approach to accountancy qualifications, these programmes, which are equivalent to a Masters Degree, can enhance the commercial knowledge, leadership skills and professionalism of any finance team.
Justin Rix, partner and head of talent solutions at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said:
“Our partnership with Babington is an innovative and market-leading approach to delivering first-class accountancy qualifications. UK employers continue to point to concerns over skilled staff shortages as a major potential constraint for growth. Those using apprenticeships say they play an instrumental role in recruiting and retaining talented people.
“For Grant Thornton, the delivery of accountancy apprenticeships also plays a key role in delivering our commitment to creating more equal access to our profession. Apprenticeships offer people from a wider range of backgrounds a chance to earn whilst learning, creating opportunity, and improving access to the accountancy profession.”
A wide range of employers have enrolled learners on the programme including John Lewis Partnership, Ocado Group, Direct Line, Bellway Homes, Compass Group, ICBC Standard Bank, NHS and local authorities and central government departments.
Large employers can use the Apprenticeship Levy to pay for training and smaller employers receive a 95% contribution towards the costs.
Mike Mirlach, ICBCS, said:
“ICBCS is collaborating with Babington and Grant Thornton to deliver the CIMA and ACCA qualifications for our finance graduates. We have found Babington to be a valuable partner which provides a great learning experience for the next generation of finance talent.”
Emma Cartwright, Level 7 Apprentice at NG Bailey Group Ltd, said:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my learning experience. I have had nothing but a positive experience from the day I first joined the course. Babington’s staff will always go above and beyond to help you and give you the best learning experience possible.”
The partnership with Grant Thornton cements Babington’s already excellent reputation in this sector and will ensure the programmes are world-leading, fit for industry and provide fantastic career progression opportunities.