More opting for a career in finance as Teesside course attracts former roofer and 65-year-old

The numbers are adding up for more and more people turning to a career in finance.

Hartlepool College bosses report that more and more people from the city and surrounding areas are moving to work in the money market. Demand for accounting courses from Hartlepool College of Further Education has even led to the sector being hailed as one of the biggest growing job markets.

To date, the oldest student is 65, but classes are open to anyone with a C level or higher in math and English. People change careers for a number of reasons, including a man who was a roofer before he was diagnosed with epilepsy and had to find a non-manual career.

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The School of Professional and Creative Studies at Hartlepool College of Further Education, says the increase in enrollment in an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 2 or 3 course is the result of a mindset change, many of which are affected by the effects of Covid-19. on the company among others.

According to recent labor market information, accountancy is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the Tees Valley and the high expectations of Hartlepool College prepare students for regularly advertised positions with these companies.

Julie Todd-Davis, an AAT lecturer who transitioned into teaching accounting 18 years ago, said, “We know there are a variety of jobs in accounting, with companies actively doing promoting new employees. If you enroll in AAT courses with HCFE, chances are you can apply and get these jobs successfully.

“A year with me and students are qualified to take up accounting positions. That’s why it’s proven so appealing to those already working, as the course aims to transform lives.

“I have a good mix of students. Some have come to work in accounting and finance but have no accounting qualifications, in the care sector, with charities, insurance, child care, in the detail, at McDonald’s – even someone on maternity leave.”

Julie thinks the vast majority of those who study accounting want to improve and get into a more professional role without going down the path to a degree.

Maria Archbold, director of the college’s School of Career and Creative Studies, said: “AAT is a great disposition that can lead to employment. People try to branch out and grow as people, and some may have transferable skills that work well in accounting.

“Everyone pushes for high results because of our high expectations. We don’t just work with people to get a passing grade – we want them to achieve high standards. Julie is fantastic at what she does , using proven teaching methods to help students achieve amazing exam results.”


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