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UK’s first ever Professions Week set for October launch

AAT has joined a group of the UK’s most prominent professional bodies who have announced the UK’s inaugural Professions Week.

Professions Week will run from 21 to 27 October 2013, and will aim to increase interest and awareness among 14 to 19 year olds in the professions. It will also support teachers and careers advisors, giving them the relevant materials to help young people make informed decisions with regards to the professions.

Complexity of tax system and lack of financial incentive hampering entrepreneurs and SMEs around the country

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is urging the government to make changes to the UK tax system to address growing trends of avoidance and evasion and to simplify an increasingly complex tax regime.

AAT survey of SMEs reveals pressures felt by small business  

A survey commissioned by AAT with 1,000 small and medium sized businesses earlier in the year revealed that more than half (55%) think the complexity of the tax system has become more costly to SMEs than big business.

New funding available for schools, colleges and learning providers to help celebrate VQ Day

The Edge Foundation, which champions technical, practical and vocational education, is making funding available for schools, colleges and learning providers to help raise awareness of the benefits of skills-based learning.

The funding will go towards events to mark VQ Day on 5 June 2013, a national celebration of the practical and vocational achievements of learners of all ages. The regional events will aim to help students understand more about vocational qualifications and get the edge for their future careers.

AAT and CEBR report - Is a university degree the best route into employment?

Research by AAT has revealed that vocational qualifications, such as apprenticeships, offer better employability and earning potential than university qualifications. 44% of graduates from class of 2012/13 predicted to be unemployed or underemployed.

SMEs in the dark about changes to the PAYE system

One in three SMEs has no knowledge of Real Time Information (RTI) and what it means for their business, according to a recent report from AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). This is despite the major changes to the PAYE system coming into effect from April. 

The survey of 1,000 decision makers, managers and directors of SMEs carried out in January this year, revealed that: 

Schools drop vocational qualifications after league table change

Just a year after the decision to strip the majority of vocational qualifications from performance tables, schools are axing practical training courses despite recognition by school leaders of their value to learners.

Mums stuck in ‘Groundhog Day’ lack confidence when returning to work

Seven in ten mums are trapped in 'Groundhog Day' amid the tedious routine of ferrying kids to school and keeping on top of endless housework, it emerged yesterday.

Employers shunning traditional school qualifications

UK employers are shunning traditional school qualifications according to new research from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Just 22% of employers think qualifications are an important factor when considering who to hire while 88% focus on candidates’ skills.

Staff Training Budgets Remain Strong Despite Weak Economy

A new survey by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) has found that, despite a sluggish economy, employers are still investing heavily in staff training and skills. Over nine in ten (92%) employers expect to invest either the same or more time and money on improving staff qualifications and skills next year as this. Nearly half (44%) of those surveyed expect to use more in-house training in future and almost a third (31%) expect to focus more on remote-learning resources.

Top industry recognition for Raymond Brown accountant

Glenn Gosden of Hampshire construction services group Raymond Brown has scooped a prestigious industry award from an international accountancy body.