This report provides an assessment of employers’ participation in higher apprenticeships in accounting (Level 4). It considers:
employers’ reason for participating in this form of training
the merits of apprenticeship compared with other training leading to qualification at the same level
the structure of training
the various costs and benefits for the employer
employers’ plans to continue with this form of training in the future
The current study is based on semi-structured interviews with 9 employers. It reflects on their recent experiences of higher apprenticeships in accounting. Where applicable, they also gave their assessment of how apprenticeship compares with programmes of training at the same level that they had used before.