New things to learn, new ways to learn
As a professional accountancy body, it’s vital we continue to evolve to remain current and relevant. Maintaining and raising professional standards are key.
Just over a year ago, following an in-depth review, I announced our decision to phase out our existing qualifications as a route to membership, as they no longer delivered the breadth and depth of learning required for today’s financial accountant.
Our final exam session concluded in June, and students with modules to complete have now transferred to our new IFA Direct education programme. I am delighted to report that IFA Direct has been well received not only by those seeking a route to membership but also by members wanting to take their finance teams to the next level.
If this is something you are considering, please go to ifa.org.uk/ifadirect, or get in touch with our education manager Susan Divall ([email protected]). I also direct you to How to learn effectively. This is a ‘must read’ on how to embed good learning practices into your working life.
During May, we hosted the second UK delegation of Australian members. The trip was timed to coincide with Accountex, where we had a stand. This year, delegates were able to hear from Ian Hornsey, chairman of the IFA Members Advisory Committee, who presented on ‘being a trusted business adviser in practice’.
It was a pleasure to see so many of you at this event, and at the first of our annual conferences in London.
The conference explores subjects most relevant to small business. Providing insights into these key topics through keynote speakers and opportunities for discussion with other attendees, it’s a must-attend event for those in business and practice. It is also an exceptional opportunity to network with people from both sectors.
Feedback has been extremely positive and if you haven’t yet booked your place for either Birmingham or Manchester, I would encourage you to do so.
John Edwards FFA FIPA, IFA CEO