How has AAT training helped the NHS Finance community? We spoke to Ali MacPhail, Learning and Development Advisor for NHS Education for Scotland, to find out more.
AAT: Can you tell us about your AAT training scheme?
Ali: We offer a flexible training option, supporting employees to go through the AAT qualification as required by organisational need across NHS Scotland’s 23 health organisations. We know there is a large part of our finance population that would benefit from professional development at a practical level both for their own personal development and for delivering the ever challenging agenda NHS Scotland faces.
AAT: Why is it suitable for your workplace?
Ali: AAT is highly applicable to our organisation by virtue of the vocational emphasis the syllabus has. It encompasses all the technical skills and professional aptitudes people need to do the job.
AAT: What are the benefits of AAT training / trained employees?
Ali: The benefits of having qualified individuals is two-fold. At an individual level, people are able to achieve personal goals in a safe and structured way, through flexible study that accommodates their personal life. As an organisation, we benefit from have a more confident and capable workforce that is a real credit to us.
AAT: What roles in your organisation are AAT trained employees working in?
Ali: A small number of our qualified AAT employees have gone on to do their professional accountancy qualifications. For the majority of our other qualified AAT employees, they find themselves in a variety of financial services related posts.