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Barnsley College Helps Employers prepare for Making Tax Digital

Employers from across the Barnsley borough attended a networking event to find out how to prepare for the introduction of new financial reforms in April 2019.

Attendees heard from Paul Hinchliffe, Partner, and Jon Taylor, Cloud Accounting Manager at Harris+Co, who explained what Making Tax Digital for VAT is, and how it will affect businesses, as well as providing advice to help prepare for the change. Jon also demonstrated some of the software packages that are available which will make bookkeeping much simpler than it used to be.

Suzan McGladdery, Director of Business Development at Barnsley College provided an apprenticeship update, which included sharing how employers can benefit from employing an apprentice and how Barnsley College can help them recruit an apprentice or up-skill an existing workforce.

Jo Bolton, Work Placement Team Leader at Barnsley College provided an introduction to T Levels and explained why work placements are beneficial to employers, before introducing Cameron Pyne, a Level 3 Business student, who is currently completing a work placement with Bartec Auto ID. Cameron shared his experience and the skills he’s gaining whilst completing his placement.

Jon said: “This is the single biggest change in bookkeeping since the advent of computers and it will bring huge benefits in efficiencies and new ways of working for businesses. Events like these are really important as they help businesses to start thinking and preparing for the changes that are happening in April 2019.”

Suzan added: “The event was a fantastic opportunity to meet people working in different sectors and explain how we provide businesses with a bespoke service to allow them to access funding and training support.”

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