Here’s an update on news relevant to accredited AAT employers as at spring 2011.
AAT Jobs: don’t forget that accredited employers can advertise their trainee vacancies for free on the AAT Jobs site. With over 200 prospective students registered in Scotland, this is a great place to attract applicants for your AAT training positions.
Employers: Are you looking to take on a school leaver to progress through a government funded AAT place?
Kaplan Financial are running their 2nd annual summer school this year between July 26th – 29th 2011, and have been working with schools all over Scotland to recruit the very best students to attend. This takes a large part of the burden of finding a suitable school leaver off employers’ hands.
Name: Gemma Oliver
“When representatives from RSM Tenon did a presentation on AAT, Gemma Oliver was confident it was the best qualification and career route into accountancy for her. In July 2008, age 17, Gemma left school and applied for an apprenticeship with RSM Tenon, an accountancy firm with offices throughout the UK. She works at the branch based in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.
“University had never appealed to me because I didn’t think a degree would provide me with practical skills needed for the workplace. When I found out about AAT, I thought it was a great opportunity because it meant I would be able to gain valuable work experience, earn money and achieve a professional qualification – all without going to university.
“Gemma has been studying AAT on day release at college and sat her final AAT exams in June this year. She is the only AAT student in her department, however six others are working towards a chartered qualification. This is very inspiring to Gemma and she hopes to become a chartered accountant herself either with ACCA or ICAS.
“Studying AAT has meant that I have more understanding to why I would do something a certain way. My own technical ability increased, which in turn has improved my performance in my day to day job. I would recommend a vocational qualification as a route into accountancy because it prepares you for the future in a way that university isn’t able to. Everything that you learn at college is then put into practice within the workplace.”
If you’re an AAT student who would be interested in telling us how AAT has helped you, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s an update on the funding that is currently available in Scotland in 2011.
For further information on all of these schemes, please contact Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative, Glasgow Commonwealth Job Fund or your local AAT training provider.