Kaplan provides training for professional qualifications and business programmes across the globe. Every year, the firm trains more than 45,000 professionals from business and government as well as international students for investment qualifications (including CFA), professional accountancy and tax exams, and bespoke programmes for corporate and government offices. Kaplan Financial is part of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of education services and a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), formerly the Washington Post Company.
Accountancy training in the past and today
The period from the 1970s to the turn of the millennium was pivotal when looking at the evolution of accountancy training in the UK. Training became more accessible and its development, as we know it today, really began. Large professional training companies grew, and the qualifications continued to evolve. Much of the change which began in the 1970s was due to legal amendments, which came about in the late ‘60s. The early ‘70s, through to the late ‘80s, was also a period where accountancy qualifications were evolving. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), both gained Royal Charters (in 1974 and 1986 respectively) and continued to develop.
Businesses today operate in an increasingly volatile and uncertain world, and it’s Kaplan’s mission to teach finance professionals the skills required to meet global business needs. Accountancy is essential for the success of any business, especially today as corporate financial activities are under intense scrutiny as never before.
The accountant’s role today goes beyond purely checking financial figures and balancing books – they are expected to consult and provide actionable insights to their clients, adding value to the organisation’s strategic business goals. Kaplan wants to equip staff with these dynamic skills so they are in a good position to enter the business world, applying their understanding to excel in their organisation.
A professional accountant is an invaluable asset to a company. The skills they learn gives them an understanding of the company, and the environment in which they operate. This enables them to ask challenging questions and adopt a pragmatic and objective approach to solving issues. This is a valuable asset to management, particularly in small and medium enterprises where the professional accountants are often the only professionally qualified members of staff.
Employees who are professionally qualified can add further value to an organisation. For example, the use of analytical skills can enhance strategic decision-making and in turn, their teams are more productive, making fewer mistakes. It can also greatly decrease staff turnover, which is a problem many companies face in Poland today. Employees who feel they are supported in their personal development are happier and more positive about their organisation. This benefits both the employee and the business.
Kaplan online learning
Online learning serves as a vital tool for employees to access learning resources including expert lecturers, peers and reading materials that are up-to-date and relevant with current industry demands. Where once online learning was viewed with uncertainty, learners today are more open to this approach, with many students opting for flexible online courses.
Today’s technology allows for an interactive learning experience, replicating that of the classroom. Virtual classrooms provide a convenient space for learners, tutors and lecturers to interact and be part of a joint collaborative learning experience. Beyond lessons, learners can overcome geographical constraints, and effectively collaborate with their peers and lecturers in a virtual community to gain new knowledge and skills.
Kaplan is the world’s leading supplier of financial training and qualifications from financial markets to accountancy qualifications. With 25 centres across the UK, it is the country’s leading accountancy training provider. Kaplan believes that professionally qualified accountants bring the most benefit to organisations, wherever they are based. If you want the best from your staff, have a look at the qualifications that Kaplan can provide here in Poland and see what else it can do for you and your business. Find out more.