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A pioneering initiative to make entry into an accountancy career more accessible to school leavers not wanting to go to university is to be piloted in Sheffield next month (September).

The national scheme will enable students leaving school at 18 with A-Levels to take up an apprenticeship with a training firm of accountants and eventually qualify as chartered accountants.

The groundwork for the innovative programme has been laid by the Sheffield and District Society of Chartered Accountants and Chris Hill, whose year as president has just ended, said: “We are proud that this exciting idea will be piloted in Sheffield. One of its many plus points is that school leavers will be able to qualify as accountants without incurring the debt a university course usually entails.”

After joining a training firm, students will gain their CFAB (Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business) qualification, obtain a degree and then qualify.

Chris, a partner with Sheffield-based independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisors Hawsons, of Glossop Road, added: “In five years they can become a graduate, a qualified chartered accountant and at the same time acquire valuable work-based experience.”

Chris Hill acts as commercial partner for both corporate and non-corporate clients and has worked for Hawsons throughout his career. For more information or advice on anything covered in this article, please contact Chris on [email protected] or 0114 266 7141.

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