Grant Thornton introduces their digital accountant pathway for its trainee intake to develop technology, process and data audit skills alongside ACA qualification
Ranked 6th in the Accountancy Daily top 75, Grant Thornton’s digital accountant pathway will add five new digital-focused modules, alongside the ACA accountancy qualification programme.
The new modules will develop technology, process and data audit skills. The modules will be delivered by BPP Education Group, covering big data, data analytics and visualisation, cyber security, digital innovation and disruption, and Ethical and legal matters.
BPP Education Group delivers Grant Thornton’s full range of ACA, AAT, ACCA and Tax qualifications, alongside a range of technical skills training.
The modules will be in place for the firm’s September 2020 trainee intake and will be mandatory for all graduate and school leavers studying for the ACA qualification in audit and tax.
Fiona Baldwin, head of audit at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: ‘As the accounting profession continues to evolve and, in particular, elements of the audit process become automated, we know our people need skills that will help them to adapt.
‘We need to equip our people to understand and be able to work alongside new technology. As automation takes over some elements of current roles we will also need to invest further in ‘human skills’ such as communication and critical-thinking.
‘Our updated, accountancy trainee programme will provide our people with a qualification that incorporates relevant digital skills alongside the traditional requisite technical accounting knowledge.
This follows the firm’s Audit Investment Plan, shared last year, which outlined the measures being put in place to help strengthen audit as a specialism at the firm.