On July 5th 2011 AAt held its annual presentations. Presenting the awards this year were Rowena Chamberlain, Account Manager from the AAT Business Development Team and Tania Hayes, Head of Conduct and Compliance at AAT.
It was a great lunchtime event with awards going to many different students. A special award went to Ben Mawford who is the level 3 student of the year. In presenting him with his award, Jason Cannon from AAt said, “Throughout the year he was an extremely hard-working and diligent student and especially helpful to others”.
The prestigious prize of level 4 student of the year went to Claire Marks. Claire has been with us for two years completing intermediate and hopefully her level 4 when the final results come out. Jenny said of her, “Claire works and brings up her children single handedly. She has worked extremely hard in these difficult circumstances. All staff agreed Claire was an outstanding candidate.”
Saying goodbye to Sally
The event was also a sad event. After 15 years we were all saying goodbye to Sally Tebbs. Sally, who works for Boston College, has been AAt’s training advisor since we started in 1996. She has travelled thoughout the area from Grantham to Stanstead Airport from Market Harborough to Hunstanton. Sally is known in every Accountancy practice in the region and most accounting departments. She has been involved in the training of over 500 young accountants. Victor Gidney said when presenting her with some going away presents, “We are really sad to see her go,” says Victor from AAt, “She is irreplaceable and we wish her well and I hope she will move on to higher and better things at her College.” Sally will be missed by all and we wish her the best for her future and remind her that there will always be a warm welcome for her at AAt.
Sally said, “For the past 15 years I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with a professional and welcoming team that always treated me as a ‘member of the family’. All the students, both young and old are treated equally at AAt and many of the comments I would receive about the AAt services during one to one meetings (with students and their employers) were positive. In fact, the results at AAt speak for themselves. I always appreciated being fully involved in all the operations at AAt and I know my contribution has been valued. I am completely confident that the service I provided will be effectively taken up by the team at AAt.” Sally says, “Never say never, I’ll be back!”
A new era
As we move into this new era, apprenticeship schemes will be opened up to all ages. AAt will be adding new funding partners to its portfolio. The new providers will give all our employers and students more flexible options when deciding on their training. AAt staff will now be taking over the responsibility of visiting students and conducting work place reviews.