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SAICA's academic traineeship programme: would guidelines facilitate focused skills development?

Petra Warffemius, Lukas Kruger, Gretha Steenkamp
Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences | Vol 8, No 2 | a98 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jef.v8i2.98 | © 2019 Petra Warffemius, Lukas Kruger, Gretha Steenkamp | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 December 2017 | Published: 30 July 2015

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Petra Warffemius, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Lukas Kruger, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Gretha Steenkamp, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) developed the Academic Traineeship Programme (ATP) to give trainee chartered accountants (CAs) the opportunity to complete one of their three training years in an academic environment. The structure and guidelines of the ATP should be reconsidered given changes in the overall CA (SA) Training Programme (e.g. increased focus on the development of the prescribed competencies, especially pervasive skills) and in the academic environment (e.g. increased emphasis on research). This article presents the findings of a study that surveyed current academic trainees and found that they spend most of their time on the presentation of tutorials, marking of assessments and student consultation. The surveyed academic trainees believe that stricter guidelines for how they spend their time would be beneficial; also, they would prefer to do more lecturing and research. Guidelines are proposed based on an inclusive stakeholder model and on SAICA’s Competency Framework, which shows increased focus on research and the setting of assessments.


academic trainee; ATP (Academic Traineeship Programme); SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants); pervasive skills; competency framework; CA 2010 Training Programme; training guidelines


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