Sums add up for new apprentices

By on 04/09/2013 in Cllr Ali, News
Cllr Tahir Ali

Cllr Tahir Ali

Birmingham City Council has joined forces with a public finance and accountancy body to offer apprenticeships for two young people.

The apprentices will be employed by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for a year and they will be placed within the council's audit and finance departments.

Yasmin Abdul, who has been placed with Birmingham Audit, and Ehsan Rehman, who will work with finance, were studying at Matthew Boulton and South and City Colleges respectively for an Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.

They will both work to a structured training programme and be given day release to study for a recognised accountancy qualification at CIPFA's training centre in Birmingham.

Yasmin said: “This will be really helpful for me because not only will I be studying I will be getting practice that will help with my studies, which will prepare me for work in the future.”

Ehsan said: “I am happy that I have been given this opportunity by Birmingham City Council for this apprenticeship and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

The council's involvement in the scheme was on the basis that any apprentices within the council would be Birmingham residents, NEETS (not in employment, education or training) and will be paid the living wage.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “Tackling youth unemployment is one of our key priorities. We want to make sure every young person achieves their potential and to help drive this forward I will shortly be launching our new apprenticeship strategy which should help more people like Yasmin and Ehsan. I wish them both well during their time at the council.”

Steve Freer, CIPFA Chief Executive, said: “CIPFA is delighted this innovative and exciting apprenticeship training programme for young people has met with such enthusiasm from sponsors and employers across the West Midlands.
“The involvement of major local employers in this scheme means that the apprentices will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience alongside their studies in public finance.
“This apprenticeship scheme is another fantastic example of the partnerships CIPFA is developing to widen access to the accountancy profession, enable young people to build rewarding careers, and grow the next generation of public financial managers.”   


For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 / 078801 80385
Notes to Editors

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Their 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.

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