The Association of Accounting Technicians course at Coleg Ceredigion is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance.
The purpose of the course is to offer grounding in the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress either to employment or to further study.
The course is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment and this qualification could also help someone who is already working in an entry-level finance role to progress in their career by offering them development and formal recognition of their skills.
The finance, accountancy, business and communications skills developed in the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as an accounts administrator, accounts assistant, accounts payable clerk, a trainee accounting technician.
This online course is taught by the very experienced, Ruth Elias who has studied the course herself at Coleg Ceredigion before progressing onto teaching the subject. To find out more about Ruth’s story then read more here.
Rhonwen Adams and Elis Ladd Thomas are both currently studying the Association of Accounting Technicians course and have shared their experience of studying at Coleg Ceredigion and how the course is supporting them in their employment.
Rhonwen works for the Welsh Government and has worked there for 13 years.
Rhonwen said: “I live locally to the college so chose I Coleg Ceredigion for the ease of attending exams and also I’d much rather support a local college. I also thought the flexibility of the course would suit me well as I would be able to study around my job and other responsibilities. I love the fact I don’t have to go to college and I can log on to Mindful Education to access my lessons at random times throughout the day.
“I really enjoy my current role as part of a finance team and would like to gain a promotion. Having an accountancy qualification is the way I’d like to go forward with this. Ruth is lovely and really helpful.”
Elis Ladd Thomas is employed by DMB Davies Accountants, based in Cardigan.
Elis said: “I started at DMB Davies Accountants for work experience once I finished year eleven, as I missed out on work experience with school during the covid outbreak. After a few weeks of work experience, I began to realise that I really enjoyed the work that was set out before me and that this could be an incredible career path, that I can hope to progress towards my future.
“Being able to apply what I learn in college to my everyday accountancy role has been beneficial, and vice-versa. I’m fortunate that my employer provides me with enough support and encouragement to carry out accounting duties, liaising with clients, and communicating effectively with my fellow work colleagues.
“I hope to continue the apprenticeship programme and progress onto the Level 3 AAT course next year. Eventually, after finishing my apprenticeship, I will hopefully progress onto further accounting qualifications - either an ACCA or ACA accounting course.”
Coleg Ceredigion is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08725643 and is a registered charity No. 1154557.
The registered office is at Park Place, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1AB