AAT to continue assessments through lockdown 

Following the announcement of a second national lockdown in England, the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has said that it expects its assessments to remain available during the period. 

The association stated that the move would be in line with government advice, which “reiterates the importance of education remaining accessible”.  

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A spokesperson for AAT said: “Colleges and assessment venues must continue to adhere to all Covid-19 regulations and guidance in order to ensure the safety of staff and students, and colleges should consider moving to increased levels of online learning where possible.” 

It comes as AAT saw a sharp rise in distance learning registrations during the previous lockdown, largely due to the move to online learning by training providers and students having more time and flexibility to study. 

AAT added that many prospective students were “also looking to gain new skills for the future”, with over half of people contacting AAT having never worked in the finance industry before, and one in three looking for a career change into the sector. 

The association said it “welcomes anyone thinking about starting or developing a career in accountancy or bookkeeping – regardless of age, school qualifications or background”. 

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