What is the 20% OTJ training rule?

June 14, 2018

The 20% Off-The-Job Learning rule is one of the most talked about and hotly debated topics surrounding apprenticeships right now. In this brief post, we will share some hints and tips to help you understand and adhere to this rule. Off-The-Job (OTJ) Learning is a rule set by the ESFA which states that the apprentice […]

Find your ‘Ikigai’

June 8, 2018

Find your ‘Ikigai’  and you’ll never work again… I have recently been enjoying longer commutes thanks to a well executed timetable change from my train operating company (some of that sentence may not be true!). Making good use of the time I’ve been looking back at books that inspire me. Churchill famously said ‘find a job […]

Institute Q&A: 5 things we learnt (part 4)

May 31, 2018

Institute Question Time On 26th April, the London Accountancy Training Discussion Group (LATDG) hosted their annual “Institute Question Time” panel. The AAT (Rachel Kellett), ACCA (Catherine Edwards), CIMA (Peter Stewart) CIPFA (Nicola Campbell) ICAEW (Fiona Hodgkin) and ICAS (Joanne Lloyd-Jones) took part in a panel discussion on the hot topics currently affecting the training of accountants […]

Institute Q&A: 5 things we learned

Institute Question Time   On 26th April, the London Accountancy Training Discussion Group (LATDG) hosted their annual “Institute Question Time” panel. The AAT (Rachel Kellett), ACCA (Catherine Edwards), CIMA (Peter Stewart) CIPFA (Nicola Campbell) ICAEW (Fiona Hodgkin) and ICAS (Joanne Lloyd-Jones) took part in a panel discussion on the hot topics currently affecting the training of […]

What to do when you’re lacking confidence

May 15, 2018

I received an email recently from a student who has just started her CIMA studies, saying that she is finding things difficult and lacks confidence. I have received countless emails like this over my 20 years of training accountancy students and i’m used to trying to reassure students about how to approach their exams successfully. […]

From cooking for the Royal Family to training as an accountant…

By his own admission, James Duggan, a chef turned accountant, was “a bit of a ‘jack the lad’ at school” He left school with minimal GCSEs and his academic or work options were underwhelming. But all was not lost, James had something he loved: food. “I had a passion for food and in particular the […]

CIMA students-Avoid the four-week fall-off!

Some students believe that once their study course is finished, the longer they wait before sitting an exam, the higher their mark will be, and the better chance of passing they will have. This is only true to a point! It is certainly important that students give themselves enough time to complete their final question […]