A initiative to help school leavers start an accountancy career instead of going to university is to be piloted in Sheffield next month.
The national scheme will enable students leaving school at 18 with A-levels to take up an apprenticeship with a training firm and eventually qualify as chartered accountants.
The groundwork for the innovative programme has been laid by the Sheffield and District Society of Chartered Accountants.
Chris Hill, whose year as president has just ended, said: “We are proud this exciting idea will be piloted in Sheffield. One of its many plus points is school leavers will be able to qualify as accountants within five years without incurring the debt a university course usually entails while gaining valuable work experience.”