Higher Apprenticeships

In today's world of fierce competition for jobs, good business and finance knowledge combined with practical business skills is highly valued by employers.

ATT's Higher Apprenticeship in Tax will help trainees gain essential knowledge and skills in finance, tax and business. Apprentices earn while they learn, gain relevant work experience and will receive a recognised qualification.

What is a higher apprenticeship?

A higher apprenticeship is a workplace training programme. It includes a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning. Apprentices earn a salary and gain real work experience, whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification. Higher apprenticeships are designed by employers and professional bodies to help develop higher skill levels, and include qualifications at a level equivalent to the first stages of higher education.

Who is it for?

Apprentices need to be committed, motivated, enthusiastic and reliable, with a 'can-do' attitude. 

The tax pathway of the Professional Services Higher Apprenticeship covers the ATT qualification and it provides a work-based route for young people and adults to highly skilled careers in tax. It is available to anyone aged 16 and over living in England with good literacy, numeracy skills and not in full-time eduation. Some employers have their own requirements for particular roles.

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The apprenticeship framework

This higher apprenticeship programme is designed for learners who want to develop a career in the Professional Services. It has been developed with support from the government's Higher Apprenticeships Fund. The objective of the fund is to create well regarded, high profile and sustainable higher apprenticeship programmes based on employer demand.

The Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Services is performing a critical role in terms of opening up access to the sector to a more diverse range of entrants. It includes three distinct pathways for each of the taxation, audit and management consulting occupations.

The Tax Pathway of the Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Services framework is suitable for a range of roles in areas such as personal tax, corporation tax or tax compliance. Work undertaken will vary depending on the specific requirements of employers, but may include assisting with the preparation of tax returns, completion of various tax forms and dealing wtih tax-related communication.

Candidates who achieve the higher apprenticeship will have technical skills tailored to the sector of their choice. They will be familiar with tax 'best practice' as well as their employer's procedures and objectives and they will be better prepared to progress into more senior roles.

Download the Professional Services Higher Apprenticeship framework for England (level 4) 

Download the Professional Services Higher Apprenticeship framework for Wales (level 4) 

For further information, download our Higher Apprenticeship Guide here.