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Northern Regional College approved to offer AAT courses

AAT (@YourAAT) has announced that Northern Regional College (NRC) has been granted accreditation, making them the first Further Education (FE) College in Northern Ireland to offer AAT qualifications.

NRC is offering Level 2 and 3 AAT Bookkeeping and Accounting qualifications across four of its campus sites at Ballymena, Magherafelt, Newtownabbey and Coleraine. They have commenced delivery with their first AAT cohorts and are taking bookings for future course.

This accreditation increases the opportunity for individuals in the region to gain practical finance and accounting skills, as well as internationally recognised AAT qualifications and professional membership. NRC are also engaging employers to upskill their workforce with AAT qualifications.

Additionally, NRC has access to a wide range of funding streams, including JobStart and Skills Focus, and is offering financial support for individuals and employers wanting to undertake AAT qualifications with the college.

Rob Alder, Head of Business Development, AAT, said:

“We’re delighted to announce that Northern Regional College is the first FE College in Northern Ireland approved to offer AAT qualifications. This will make a real difference to people of all ages who are looking to improve their skills or develop a new career path by enabling them to access high quality and well recognised courses, as well as helping employers to build their finance team’s skills.

“AAT research shows that accountancy is regarded as one of the most stable professions and, in the current rapidly changing economy, gaining skills in this area could be key to establishing a successful, thriving future career whilst also supporting the growth of businesses across the country. We encourage anyone in Northern Ireland who’s interested in studying with AAT to contact their nearest Northern Regional College centre for more information, including access to available funding streams.”

Christine Brown, Vice Principal ,Teaching & Learning, Northern Regional College, said:

“We are always looking for ways to help close identified skills gaps. These new training opportunities with AAT are aligned to the needs of the economy and will support upskilling and reskilling. This in turn will create a pathway to higher level study with potential for further career progression.”

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