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    College on shortlist for AAT provider award

    Abingdon & Witney College are in the running for a prestigious award at this year’s Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Training Provider Conference.

    The original 113 nominees across 14 award categories have now been whittled down to a final 52. One of these categories, Training Provider of the Year (Medium), will see the College battle it out against three worthy competitors – London-based The Training Place of Excellence, Preston’s College, and First Intuition Cambridge.

    This particular award recognises the quality provision of AAT qualifications to students from medium-sized providers across the UK.

    Those studying for their accounting qualification at the College can do so at Level 2 to 4 for AAT, and can continue on to study for a Level 6 ACCA within a flexible part-time timetable that works around daytime and evening schedules.

    The College also offers accounting apprenticeships at Levels 2 to 4, providing the opportunity for students to earn a wage as they learn the fundamentals of their trade in a real working environment.

    Gemma Godfrey, Curriculum Manager for the College’s accounting courses, was responsible for putting forward the case for nomination and was delighted with the outcome:

    “We are going into the AAT Training Provider Conference full of confidence that our offering is up there with the best,” she said. “It all stems from a strong focus on support, inclusivity, and ambition – we want students to develop their own self-confidence and resilience before progressing into the world of employment.”

    She continued: “For example, we offer comprehensive bookkeeping short courses as a stepping-stone to AAT courses for those who are less confident with accounting concepts. This has increased student numbers and led to fantastic achievement rates from our AAT students, along with College-wide student satisfaction rates at 99%.”

    Some of the College’s initiatives include weekly 1:1 tutorials which are recorded on a “ProPortal” software system, encouraging students to update comments and targets in college or externally from their own mobile device, enhancing timely support and intervention from the teaching team.

    There is also a “Time out” room for Autism Spectrum Condition students, offering support and mentoring sessions with specialist staff. One such student has successfully immersed into college life, has achieved fantastic results and is now a student activator running cross-college enrichment activities.

    The ceremony will take place at the Metropole Hilton in Birmingham on Thursday 4 May and Friday 5 May.

    More information on the College’s AAT courses can be found at: www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk/accountancy-sa

    (April 2017)

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