Distinctions for Accountancy Apprentices

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, New College Durham is celebrating its first group of Level 3 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) students who are ‘Blazing a Trail’ to new careers in accountancy after achieving impressive results in their apprenticeship programme.

Drew Seymour, Kate Marshall, Caitlin Thackeray, Rebecca Elliott, Sophie Curry, Daniel Sherwen, Lauren Graham and Carley Barrass all excelled when taking part in professional discussions surrounding their portfolio of work-based evidence. Five of the group also achieved Distinctions as they became the first cohort to attain the qualification working to the new AAT standards. The accomplishment is all the more impressive given the more complex assessment procedure which now includes End Point Assessment.

The apprentices studied for the AAT qualifications at New College Durham while also working in an accounting environment. Carley Barrass did her work experience at Allen Sykes Ltd. She commented: “My apprenticeship was amazing as I got first-hand experience in the work place. I have gained confidence in my ability and have been able to complete more work than I ever thought I could!”

Natasha Pickering, Office Manager at Beamish Transport, spoke of how working with apprentice Kate Marshall benefited the company. She said:  “Our business is quite small so working with a New College Durham student helped greatly. Kate acquired the basic skills at college, so it was easy for us to slightly adapt her skillset to suit our business.”

Christian Irons is the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Regional Account Manager for North East and Scotland. He commented: “From an AAT point of view it’s all about putting the theory and practical knowledge from college into a real world environment. The staff and facilities are fantastic here, and the proof is in the pudding with the results students are gaining from New College Durham.”

For more information about accountancy courses at New College Durham, drop into one of our open events on the first Tuesday of the month anytime between 4.30-6.30pm, go to www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk or ring 0191 375 4040.

The 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week runs from 4 to 8 March 2019. The ‘Blaze a Trail’ theme will feature throughout the week to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, individuals, local communities and the economy.

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AAT are a global organisation representing accounting technicians, awarding qualifications and membership for accounting personnel.