In a rapidly changing world, continuing your professional development throughout your career is no longer an option, it’s a necessary part of life if you wish to maintain or advance your professional status.  In fact, increasing numbers of professions require individuals to update their knowledge on a regular basis and maintain a record of this training simply in order to maintain a ‘license to practice’.  This applies to professional drivers as much as it does to doctors and accountants.

 

We offer a range of professional development programmes, some of which can be funded through the apprenticeship scheme.  Where this is the case, the candidate pays no fees at all and the employer pays a small contribution.  However, the apprenticeship scheme doesn’t suit everybody so increasingly we are making these programmes available on a commercial basis.  In this case, the fees can be funded by the individual candidate or their employer.

 

If you are considering the apprenticeship scheme, there are some key eligibility criteria you need to consider:

  • You must be employed for at least 30 hours per week
  • The minimum duration of the Apprenticeship is 15 months and may often be 18 months or more (this is due to the extended time required to complete the End Point Assessment)
  • Your employer has to allow you to do all of your training/study during your paid working hours – not in your own time
  • At least 20% of your paid working time must be spent undertaking off-the-job training
  • you may have to take qualifications in English and Maths if you don’t have GCSEs (or equivalent)

 

If the apprenticeship scheme is not the right route, it is still possible to undertake the nationally recognised professional qualifications that form part of the apprenticeship without having to undertake the whole apprenticeship programme.  The qualifications will still qualify you for the role and for membership of professional bodies so the outcomes are similar to an apprenticeship.  Other advantages and disadvantages include:

 

Advantages

  • You can complete the qualifications a lot more quickly than through the apprenticeship
  • You can study in your own time
  • You don’t have to commit 20% of your working hours to off-the-job training
  • You don’t have to be sponsored by your employer

 

Disadvantages

  • No government funding means you or your employer have to pay course fees (see below)
  • If your employer isn’t sponsoring you, you may have to undertake all of the study in your own time

Qualifications and fees

The fees below represent the full cost of completing the qualification – there are absolutely no hidden extras.  The only thing not included is the cost of your travel to get to workshops where these are necessary.

 

The qualification title is a link that takes you to more information about the qualification.

Awarding Body

Qualification title

Course fee

Duration

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Level 3 Diploma in Team Leading

Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership

Level 2 Certificate in Book-keeping

Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Level 4 Higher Diploma in Accounting

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

7-10 months

9-12 months

4-6 months

4-6 months

7-9 months

9-12 months