By Suzie Webb AAT news AAT expands its suite of qualifications 4 Sep 2014 This week has most certainly been an exciting week for AAT as we launch new qualifications to the market – building on our current offering and expanding our products and services. It’s an exciting time and we look forward to seeing learners engage with these new products and services over the next few years. The new qualifications are at various levels in accounting, bookkeeping, computerised accounting, tax and business skills. We believe these qualifications will appeal to people at all stages of their working lives, from those taking their first steps on the career ladder to those budding entrepreneurs starting a business and want to get some financial knowhow under their belt. And we shouldn’t forget the career changers and those that have worked in finance for a number of years, wanting to gain qualifications to match their knowledge and experience as well as those that just wish to continually learn,demonstrating that lifelong learning is alive and well! We felt it imperative to be able to offer more choice to both prospective and current students and members. At AAT our qualifications are open to everyone regardless of previous achievements. We offer flexible study options to suit individual’s needs. By creating more choice, we hope that students and members will continue to study with us, learning and being supported through our growing resources – not only striving to improve through continuous professional development, but also to allow students and members to reach their full potential in their place of work. In the world of finance and accountancy, legislation and tax are just two examples of how things are in a constant state of flux, so we want to encourage learners to keep ahead of the game by keeping their skills up –to-date and fresh. Our vision is to place AAT at the heart of every business and by this we mean that we are continually innovating in order to ensure that our qualifications deliver the skills that are sought after by both students and employers. We’ve worked hard to deliver our new qualifications to market, doing extensive research with employers. We want to make sure that students that study with AAT obtain skills that relate not only to the current job market, but also to that of the future. It’s crucial (especially in this economic climate) that we make sure that the education sector works hand in hand with employers to deliver the knowledge and skills that employers across all industries and sectors need. Recent research has also indicated that now more than ever, the number of people within the UK that are becoming self-employed is increasing. At AAT we’ve seen this trend develop with more small business owners and sole traders coming forward and studying with us. I would urge new business owners to upskill themselves or a member of staff with financial knowledge – imperative for business success and growth. I really do believe that by expanding our new suite of qualifications we will allow student learners and members to develop specific and niche skills relevant to their individual and business needs. Please do get in touch with us if you’d like any information about our new qualifications, products or services – we are here to help! We’ve also developed a new navigation tool to help you make the right decision if you’re considering a qualification within finance and accountancy. Remember that studying finance and accountancy qualifications will always have value, regardless of what job you do or what stage you are at in your career. Thinking of studying, but still not sure which qualification to take? Why not ask a question through our twitter feed @StudyAAT? Suzie Webb is AAT's Director of Education & Development.