Grant Thornton in audit qualification first

Grant ThorntonAccountancy students at financial and business adviser Grant Thornton have become the first to sign up for a unique and new Integrated Qualification (IQ) in Audit.

Grant Thornton students who have just embarked on the new qualification will enjoy greater flexibility and movement in their careers through the IQ, which draws on the respective strengths and experience of ICAS and CIPFA in corporate and public sector audit.

The students will embark on 11 ICAS CA (Chartered Accountant) modules and four CPFA (Chartered Public Finance Accountant) modules over a three-year period.

The professional study, training and practical experience will give Grant Thornton students a deeper and wider knowledge of the audit world and the IQ is also unique in enabling students to become members of both ICAS and CIPFA – greatly enhancing their career and networking opportunities.

The IQ is aimed at prospective students and existing practitioners who will be working within this expanding mixed private/public sector environment, and this is the first in a series of initiatives which ICAS and CIPFA hope to announce, heralding a new working relationship between the two institutes.

Sarah Howard
Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard, head of public sector at Grant Thornton, said: “We are delighted to support this exciting new qualification which reflects the increasing collaboration between the public and private sectors as they work together to drive growth and deliver better service outcomes to local communities. We believe the new IQ provides a great opportunity to invest in equipping our public sector students and clients to deal effectively with the challenges and opportunities arising from commercialisation, new service delivery models and increased joint working between the public and private sectors.”

ICAS CEO Anton Colella said: “We welcome these Grant Thornton students on to this new and pioneering qualification. The IQ offers students the best of both worlds and responds to the changing demands of modern audit, with a firm grounding in both corporate and public sector disciplines. We are very pleased to have developed this forward-thinking qualification and to be working closely with CIPFA on other ventures for the benefit of the profession.”

Rob Whiteman, CEO of CIPFA, added: “We are delighted that Grant Thornton students have become the first to sign up to this new ground-breaking accountancy qualification. We are confident that the IQ - which we have developed jointly with ICAS - will fast become the gold standard for anyone who wants to pursue a career in audit. Not only will it give students and existing practitioners world-class training, but it will also enable them to work with dual specialist skills across both the public and private sectors in all areas of the economy.”

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