AAT team awarded Training Provider of the Year

Canterbury College’s Accounting department has been awarded Training Provider of the Year at the National AAT Awards.

The AAT awards took place on 24-25 May as part of the AAT Training Provider Conference which includes two days of workshops and talks. Having been nominated as Training Provider of the Year, Canterbury College was up against Peak Accountancy Training, Abingdon Witney College, and Preston’s College in their category.

Karen Mccafferty, Business Department Deputy Head, had sent a shortlist proposal to the National AAT Awards. The proposal included plenty of testimonials and reasons why the team at Canterbury College outperforms other teaching institutions.

Students who attend the AAT course at Canterbury College have found that there are plenty of progression routes following graduation. The department arranges many guest speakers and students undertake a 30-hour work placement in an accounting role. Many students walk in to a full-time job or apprenticeship following their placement. Even outside of timetabled hours, the course team make themselves available to the students — this is especially helpful for students during exam season.

Karen and her team continually reflect on their course model, making sure that it is the best it can possibly be. This has resulted in exam results that are far above the given benchmark and improve year-on-year.

Ellie Messenger, Level 2 part-time student, said: “Since choosing the AAT course at Canterbury College I have already achieved so much more than I thought I was capable of, following my last two exams I have reached 99% as well as 100%.”

Hannah Dunsterville, Level 3 part-time student, said: “Students are obviously well-respected in the local area as local companies share vacancies directly with the college and many past students will notify [the College] of opportunities.”

The AAT team at Canterbury College are celebrating their success in having created strong links with employers. Often companies will approach the College directly to obtain recommended candidates for new job roles. The AAT Team has created long-lasting links that are based on trust between the College, its students and local businesses.   

Karen, Business Department Deputy Head, said: “I’m delighted that Canterbury College has won in this category as it recognises the hard work of the AAT team and all of our students.”

Following a recent external verifier report, the assessor noted: “For the first time ever the team has decided to enter for the AAT Training Provider of the Year competition.  This is something that I heartily support. The team deserve to win.”

Congratulations to Karen and her team for this well-deserved win!