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News: A visit from the AAT President inspires students

Heather Hill at Nottingham College

Heather Hill is the Outgoing AAT President and is herself an alumni of Nottingham College, having studied Level 2, 3 and 4 at Clarendon College. She spoke to current Level 2 and 3 Accountancy students about her AAT journey, which saw her career take off in local authority finance departments, before setting-up her own business, supporting private clients on all issues relating to taxation and accountancy.

Heather Hill

It was fantastic to see how the College has evolved, and whilst I have a fondness for Clarendon, my old college, the facilities on offer at the new City Hub were very impressive. An AAT qualification offers a broad range of finance knowledge and provides a solid foundation for many different career options. The core professional standards underpinning AAT include ethics, objectivity and integrity and it was great to see this front and centre in the lessons I saw and the students I spoke to. 

 — Heather Hill

Kayne Maltby was one of those students in the class during the visit. He is a trainee accounts assistant with Explore Transport in Worksop and travels to College once a week for his AAT classroom-based training.

Kayne Maltby

At 28-years-old, I never thought an Apprenticeship would be an option for me. I’ve always had an interest in accountancy and finance and did a business course at college when I was 16. I left college, got a job and have never really progressed into a career that kept my interest, so thought I’d explore something new. Hearing Heather’s story, I’ve definitely got ambitions to have my own company one day. 

 — Kayne Maltby

Some members of the College’s AAT cohort will soon be starting roles in our very own Finance team. When they start, we’ll bring more news of their journey and what the future holds for them.

Also at the event was Samantha Lynch who is studying AAT L2 Bookkeeping at Nottingham College. She discusses her experiences of doing the course at Nottingham College.

Samantha Lynch

This was the first time in education that I have felt comfortable. Even up to enrolment I was nearly out the door, that’s how panicked I was about everything. But as soon as I went in, my teacher Catherine made me feel okay and now my end goal is to be an accountant and to be part of something bigger. 

 — Samantha Lynch
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  • 28th October 2022 (12:00 AM)
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