School-leavers can discover how to start careers in accountancy when a specialist training academy in Warrington opens its doors for two days of information and advice this week (NOTE – March 16 and 17).

They can speak to expert staff from education and training company Learning Curve Group (LCG) about its Accountancy Apprenticeship Academy, on Wednesday and Thursday.
The academy, officially opened last year by Warrington South Conservative MP David Mowat, is a partnership between LCG and professional services group Optionis.

Based within a bespoke centre at Optionis’ Centre Park Square headquarters in Warrington, it meets local demand for high quality training for 16 to 18-year-olds.

The open days, which feature advice about the academy’s apprenticeship training route, are from 9am to 1pm both days.

Brenda McLeish, Chief Executive of LCG, said: “They will give people the chance to find out how they can begin their career in accountancy.

“The academy is an important facility for people living in the Warrington area and was established specifically to meet an identified need for accountancy training.

“Its facilities are first rate and provide a stimulating environment for learning and to support all training needs.

“Our staff will be on hand to give attendees all the information they need to enter into a profession which is highly respected in every business.

“I very much hope young people starting out on their careers will come along and see what the academy has to offer them. I know they won’t be disappointed.

“These open days are a fantastic way to find out about the specialist skills and knowledge that can be acquired on our accountancy courses.”

Thirty people, aged 16 to 18, have started a one-year apprenticeship, which mixes academic teaching provided by LCG’s education team and work experience in Optionis’ offices alongside its mentors.

The course offers a clear qualification progression route, with options for those signing up for the Level 2 AAT Accounting Apprentices course to have attained level 4 by 2018.

It is based on an accredited national apprenticeship qualification but made bespoke to also include customer skills training and other elements required by Optionis.

Those who successfully complete the level 2 course can start the level 3 in September, with another tranche of level 2 learners starting at around the same time.

The academy was created in response to figures from the National Apprenticeship Service which revealed high demand for accountancy training in the Warrington area.

The open days coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, which celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.