New College Durham is successful at AAT Awards

New College Durham has had a fantastic year across its accountancy provision, and received recognition this month at the annual AAT International Training Provider Conference Awards dinner. 

Having entered the AAT Awards for the first time since their inception, New College Durham was honoured to be announced as the winning Medium Sized Training Provider of the Year 2019. With stiff competition from as far away as Botswana, the College’s AAT team was delighted to receive compliments regarding its high levels of success, fantastic employer and student feedback, supportive management style and the work the College has done to support other regional training providers in the successful delivery of apprenticeships.

The College was also delighted to share in the success of Rebecca Elliott, Accounting Apprentice from Auckland Castle Trust, who was awarded Apprentice of the Year for her dedication and commitment to her work and studies, and her development as an employee.

Rebecca commented: “It was great just to be shortlisted for the award, but to win it felt really special. The whole experience has been fantastic, and the support from the College, my tutors and the Trust has been brilliant."

Rebecca’s success has transformed her employer’s attitude towards apprenticeships and has led to a recruitment drive of a further 20 apprentices being hired across the organisation. Chris Bramley, Chief Financial Officer, has attributed Rebecca as an inspiration to change the lives of twenty young people living in the region.

Chris said: “Several of those apprentices have been offered permanent roles with the organisation and others have left to pursue careers elsewhere armed with the skills that in no small part were facilitated by the outstanding success of Rebecca’s own apprenticeship. Her role in providing real opportunities to young people cannot be underestimated.”

Steven Bell, Head of School, said: “Recognition at this international celebration of achievement has been a fantastic honour. We are very proud of our Apprentice of the Year and the difference she has made to her organisation. I am also delighted for Carol Smith, who was shortlisted as Tutor of the Year, and for the entire AAT team. It is great to see their dedication and talent recognised on an international level.”