Finding and training your future stars

A month of AAT celebration for Starting Off

May is always a great month of celebration on our AAT programme at Starting Off. Every year we hold our annual AAT Certificate Presentation and Accountancy Careers Forum and this year, on 17th May we welcomed 25 of our AAT learners and their employers and families to the Kettering Conference Centre to receive their AAT certificates and Apprenticeship Diplomas.

It’s always a fabulous event where we share some inspiring stories of student progress and achievement. We also welcome professionals from other awarding bodies such as CIMA and ICAEW to give advice to our AAT students on the next step they may like to consider with their careers.

This year our event also featured information on the exciting development of the new Level 7 Apprenticeship in Accountancy which means that employers can now use Apprenticeship funding to take their employees right from being a bookkeeping trainee with no experience through to potentially being a qualified chartered or management accountant.

May is also the month for the annual AAT Training Provider Awards. This year we were delighted to once again be shortlisted in the AAT Apprenticeship Provider of the Year category. As a small local company it was a great honour to be shortlisted against the large national providers of Kaplan and BPP.

As part of our ethos of celebrating achievement we always enter outstanding learners for the student awards and this year two of our AAT Level 4 students, Sam Rumens of Cottons Accountants and Chelsea Walker of Mawsley Machinery were also shortlisted for the AAT Apprentice of the Year award.

Both Sam and Chelsea have been dedicated AAT students throughout their time at Starting Off and they have both made outstanding contributions to their workplaces.

Sam has worked vigorously on the implementation of Xero and has achieved the advisory level award which has assisted with Cottons receiving Platinum Status with Xero.

What also makes Sam stand out to us is that as well as being dedicated to his job and his studies he is heavily involved in local politics. In May 2017 Sam was elected as a County Councillor at the age of 20. He is certainly the youngest councillor in the county (if not the country)!

Chelsea Walker has shown exceptional commitment to her studies but it is also her enthusiasm for learning and applying her skills and knowledge in her workplace that makes her a positive student role model and a very well-deserved nomination for the Apprentice of the Year category.

Chelsea is a huge asset to Mawsley Machinery and will be an important member of staff in the next stage of the company’s growth.

There has never been a better time to train on our AAT programme. If you feel you could give an employee the opportunity to start or progress their career in accountancy (and potentially become the Sam or Chelsea of the future!) then please contact Starting Off on 01604 622855 or 01536 417373.