By Steven Perryman AAT news Apprenticeship scheme gets a straight A 31 Jan 2012 If you’ve ever wondered ‘what is an apprenticeship?’ then there’s no better time to ask than right now. Here we highlight an impressive accountancy apprenticeship in Milton Keynes that’s setting youngsters on their way to the top With National Apprenticeship Week barely a week away, there could not be a better time to talk apprenticeships. Jane Scott-Paul, AAT’s Chief Executive, visited Bedford College’s Apprenticeship Academy last week to mark its partnership with Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd (3AAA) in bringing employers and apprentices together. The result of the partnership has seen more than 40 new jobs created for aspiring accountancy professionals. The programme boasts a 100% pass rate for those who are on the 14-month accounting apprenticeship, which is endorsed by AAT. Since opening in September last year, 3AAA has been working to engage with employers on the value of this new approach to apprenticeships. Impressively, the new jobs which have been created as a result of that groundwork are not vacancies that were being advertised. In fact, they were new posts where the recruitment team showed employers how their business could benefit from engaging a bright apprentice. More information on 3AAA can be found on its website. More general information on Apprenticeships – and National Apprenticeship Week (which runs from 6-10 February) – is available on the National Apprenticeship Service website. Register for the free ‘Train as an AAT apprentice’ webinar on 10 February to learn more about AAT apprenticeships. Steven Perryman is AAT Comment's former Content Editor.