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Head of Learning Pathways | Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

  • Location: Homebased (Travel to Edinburgh on occasion)
  • Salary: £50,000-£66,000

About the role

You will lead the efforts to ensure that each of the non-graduate or specialist pathways to becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA) are structured, implemented, quality assured, and supported to a high standard. You will act as an advocate for each group within the ICAS student population. Along with other Pathways, you will have an emphasis in managing Apprentices – both Level 7(England) and RGU Apprentices (Scotland), Special Entrants, Professional Entrants, School Leavers, CIPFA/ACCA, and CA/CTA dual qualifications.

You will lead the way in two areas providing the Apprenticeships of ICAS, the best experiences and meet all responsibilities concerning tuition, coaching, development of skills and behaviours, functional skills, progression monitoring, and apprenticeship management. As well as being an Apprenticeship expert you will also represent ICAS on internal and external committees.

Playing a lead role when our Apprenticeship program is inspected or audited. Secondly, you will work 1:1 with applicants designing and managing alternative pathways to allow ICAS can be accessed flexibly. You will be required to rigorously research to ensure all applicants (many at a senior level in their career) have the necessary education and experience. Requiring the development of a bespoke plan and prescribing classes that must be attended, and examinations to be taken to meet the standard.

You will work in collaboration with the Head of Assessment Design and Outcome twice a year when the Test of Relevant Expertise (TRE) examination is held. To guarantee that the TRE assessment details are effectively communicated to applicants.

Who we are looking for

You will be a true advocate and be passionate about high quality education and learning.  Understanding both the Apprenticeship and Alternative Entrants Pathways while still ensuring they are approved and meet the requirements academically and with experience standards.  A strong understanding of Apprenticeship framework specifically the Level 7 Standards for Accountancy and Taxation Professional Apprenticeship.

You will have strong reporting abilities and experience managing courses and programmes within a professional accountancy qualification including working directly with tutors, students and third-party providers. You enjoy working collaboratively with others to achieve high standards and the ability to influence a variety of internal and external stake holders.

About the organisation

As the global professional body for CAs, we educate, examine and lead, enabling excellence whilst always working for the wider public good. We were formed by Royal Charter in 1854, have trained a lot of CAs since then, and in any given year thousands more students are working with us to achieve the ‘chartered’ goal. All 22,000 of our members have earned our globally prestigious CA designation of Chartered Accountant, a qualification that shaped an international business community spanning industries and continents.

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If you would like to know more about this role please contact Kristina Preston

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    Closing Date: 12pm Monday 2nd August 2021

    Interviews: w/c Monday 9th August

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