National Apprenticeships Week 2022: Build the Future

Join our programme of events, blogs and podcasts for National Apprenticeships Week 2022. We’ve put together a range of resources for students, employers, and anyone interested in learning more about accountancy apprenticeships.


Sky's the limit

Apprenticeships offer countless opportunities for apprentices and employers to develop the skills that help businesses thrive. Apprenticeship funding is available for both large and small employers with First Intuition*
*subject to study centre

Apprenticeships can make a difference to your talent pool

Whether you recruit school leavers, graduates or are training current staff you could use the new apprenticeship programmes to help with your talent development programme

Join over a thousand apprentices with FI

Since the introduction of the apprentice shipstandards for accountancy roles in 2016 and 2017 we have onboarded over 1,000 apprentices now onto our high quality programmes


We believe apprenticeships offer a significant opportunity for both employers and apprentices. Our apprentices come from a range of backgrounds, vary in age and are at various stages of their careers. We work with them and their employers to develop their individual technical and all-round skills that help businesses to thrive and grow.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2022 Resources

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 (#NAW22) will be taking place from 7th-15th February 2022. Join the FI team for a whole host of activities taking place over the week. While you’re waiting for it to start, take a look at some of the blogs we’ve pulled together for you.

NAW 2022 Itinerary

Take a look at what's happening across FI this NAW

NAW 2022 Events

Book onto one of our free events taking place over NAW

Apprenticeship Resources

Explore more of our apprenticeship resources

Content for Apprentices

Find more content for apprentices and their employers

An Employer’s Perspective

Find out what it is like to work with apprentices from an employers perspective

A Student's Perspective

Find out what it is like to be on an apprenticeship programme from a students' perspective

Why we Changed to Apprenticeships

Find out why an employer made the choice to switch to using apprenticeships

A Day in the Life of an Accounting Apprentice

Find out what a normal day in the life of an accountancy apprentice looks like

Apprenticeship Incentives

Read more about the current incentives offered to employer's who use apprenticeships


We offer a range of accounting and leadership programmes with different entry levels and responsibilities that allow individuals and businesses to develop the skills they need.


We believe an apprenticeship offers a real alternative to the standard routes of work or higher education. Combining the best of both worlds, they give you the chance to develop skills and knowledge that are directly related to your chosen industry whilst also earning a salary.

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The multi-modal student


1 Earn while you study

As an apprentice you’ll earn a real wage whilst studying. With no debts to deal with once you’ve completed your training, you’ll be financially better off.

2 Specific training

Each apprenticeship is built for a specific job role ensuring you get relevant training.

3 Development opportunities

As an apprentice, you’ll receive investment from your employer to boost your career. With the emphasis on training in the skills employers want, you’ll be ahead of the game.

4 Value added training

An apprenticeship is all about personal development. With training targeting the specific skills your employer has identified as the most important to them, an apprenticeship will add real value to you.


To be eligible for one of our programmes, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

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  • You’ll need to be in a relevant job role and able to complete the apprenticeship within the time available
  • You’ll need to spend at least 50% of your working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • You’ll need to be a citizen of a country within the EEA or have the right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in an EEA for at least the previous 3 years
  • You can’t be currently receiving any other government funding

If you are not currently employed, the Government’s apprenticeship page is a useful place to search for a role.

Within the levels of the apprenticeships we offer, there may be other criteria you need to meet. Take a look at our Programmes to find out more.


AAT Level 2 Accountancy Apprentice at First Intuition

Jodie Taylor

Jodie is an apprentice studying with First Intuition Chelmsford

AAT Accountancy Apprentice of the Year 2017 from First Intuition

Becca Fay

Becca Fay was AAT’s Apprentice of The Year for 2017

AAT and ICAEW Student at First Intuition

Skye Van-Whitten

Skye took AAT exams while an apprentice with First Intuition


We believe that apprenticeships are a great way to train and upskill your teams for the challenges of the future. Common feedback from clients regarding apprenticeships are:

  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Positive return on investment
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved staff retention
  • Tailored skillsets
  • Increased productivity


Find out more about apprenticeship funding by downloading our factsheets below.

To read FI’s safeguarding policy or subcontracting rationale and approach, please expand the Apprenticeship policies section below.


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