Angela Francis, Author at Reed Business School

The Hidden Epidemic: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in the UK

This month we’re concentrating on the issue of human trafficking as it’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, 2024.

Events planned will focus on raising awareness about the issue as it’s crucial to shed light on the persistent and often invisible crisis of human trafficking and modern slavery. Despite increased awareness and legislative efforts, this global issue continues to affect thousands of lives in the UK and millions worldwide.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 marked a significant step in the UK’s fight against human trafficking, defining 17 types of modern slavery offences recognised by the Home Office. The

However, despite these legal protections, the problem persists and in is growing. In 2022, there were 16,938 referrals to the UK’s National Referral Mechanism, the system used to identify potential victims of modern slavery. Shockingly, 78% (13,290) of these referrals were male, while 21% (3,634) were female. These numbers represent only a fraction of the actual cases, as many victims remain undetected or are too afraid to come forward.

The gender disparity in these statistics challenges common perceptions of human trafficking victims. While media portrayals often focus on women and girls trafficked for sexual exploitation, the reality is that men and boys are also highly vulnerable, particularly in forced labour situations.

Traffickers exploit vulnerabilities, such as poverty, lack of education, and displacement due to conflict or natural disasters. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these vulnerabilities, creating new opportunities for exploitation as economic pressures mount and traditional support systems are strained.

The Human Trafficking Foundation works to provide information and guidance on human trafficking and Modern Slavery. They encourage individuals to play a role by educating themselves on the signs of human trafficking, signposting organisations that assist victims, and advocating for stronger anti-trafficking policies.

As we observe World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, it’s essential to recognise that combating this issue requires a multifaceted approach. This includes:

  1. Strengthening law enforcement and prosecution efforts
  2. Enhancing victim identification and support services
  3. Addressing root causes through poverty reduction and education initiatives
  4. Increasing public awareness to help identify and report potential cases.
  5. Fostering international cooperation to tackle cross-border trafficking networks.

The fight against human trafficking and modern slavery is far from over. As we look towards July 30, 2024, let us recommit to eradicating this heinous crime and protecting the dignity and freedom of all individuals. Only through collective action can we hope to create a world where no person is subjected to exploitation and where every individual’s human rights are respected and protected.

Other organisations who work in this space.

Helen Bamber Foundation

Sophie Hayes Foundation  

 For Reference: The Modern Slavery Act 2015 marked a significant step in the UK’s fight against human trafficking, defining 17 types of modern slavery offences recognized by the Home Office:

  1. Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour
  2. Human trafficking
  3. Committing offence with intent to commit human trafficking
  4. Committing offence of human trafficking
  5. Arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation
  6. Arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation (child victim)
  7. Committing offence other than human trafficking with intent to commit human trafficking
  8. Conspiracy to commit human trafficking offence
  9. Failure to notify authority of suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking
  10. Breach of slavery and trafficking prevention order or interim order
  11. Breach of slavery and trafficking risk order or interim order
  12. Breach of slavery and trafficking prevention order or interim order (Scotland)
  13. Breach of slavery and trafficking risk order or interim order (Scotland)
  14. Breach of slavery and trafficking prevention order or interim order (Northern Ireland)
  15. Breach of slavery and trafficking risk order or interim order (Northern Ireland)
  16. Committing offence with intent to commit human trafficking offence (Scotland)
  17. Committing offence with intent to commit human trafficking offence (Northern Ireland)

Modern slavery and human trafficking – National Crime Agency

Modern slavery in the UK – Anti-Slavery International (antislavery.org)

Home – Unseen (unseenuk.org)

Your Voice Matters – The Importance of Voting in the 2024 UK General Election

On July 4th, 2024, citizens across the United Kingdom will have the opportunity to exercise one of the most fundamental rights in a democracy – the right to vote.

The UK General Election is a nationwide event that determines the make-up of the House of Commons.  There are 650 members of Parliament, and all their seats are up for election.  Ultimately, the political party with the most seats will govern the country and their leader will become Prime Minister and be the governing party for the next five years.

Understanding how the General Election Works?

In a General Election, voters in each constituency elect one Member of Parliament (MP) to represent their local area to sit in the House of Commons. The party that wins most seats typically forms the government, with their leader becoming the Prime Minister. People need to register to vote, and most voters physically go to a polling station, receive a ballot paper listing the candidates, and mark their choice with a single X. Alternatively voters can request a postal ballot and send this into be counted before the day of the election.

Why is Voting Important?

Voting is the cornerstone of any healthy democracy. It allows citizens to have a direct say in the policies and leadership that will shape the nation’s future. By casting a ballot, you ensure that your voice is heard, and your values and concerns are represented in Parliament. Even if your preferred candidate or party does not win, participating in the electoral process strengthens the legitimacy and accountability of the government and democracy overall.

Party Manifestos: Understanding Your Options

In the lead-up to the election, political parties will publish their manifestos, which outline their proposed policies, plans, and visions for the country. These manifestos cover a wide range of issues, including the economy, healthcare, education, the environment, and more. To become educated about what each party is plans to do it’s important to familiarise yourself with the manifestos of the major parties to make an informed decision that best aligns with your beliefs and priorities.

Accessing Copies of Manifestos

Party manifestos will be widely available through various channels, including:

– Party websites

– Local constituency offices

– Media outlets (print, online, and broadcast)

– Public libraries and community centres

Take the time to review these documents carefully and critically assess how each party’s proposed policies may impact you, your community, your future, and the nation.

The Power of Your Vote

Voting is not just a right; it’s a responsibility. By exercising your right to vote, you contribute to the maintenance of democracy in the UK and ensure that the government remains accountable to the people it serves. Every vote counts and your participation can make a difference in shaping the country’s future direction.

Remember, abstaining from voting means surrendering your voice and allowing others to make decisions on your behalf. Embrace the opportunity to actively participate in the democratic process and let your vote be the catalyst for positive change.

As the 2024 UK General Election approaches, stay informed, engage with the issues, and make your voice heard at the ballot box. Your vote is a powerful tool, and exercising it is a vital contribution to the strength and vibrancy of British democracy.

You can find links to the main political parties below to read their manifestos.

Conservative and Unionist Party

Labour Party

Liberal Democrats

Green Party

Scottish National Party (SNP)

Plaid Cymru in Wales

Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland

World Environment Day 2024 – Our Land, Our Future

Raising awareness about Sustainability and the Impact of Climate Change

It’s World Environment Day on 5th June 2024 and this year the campaign focuses on land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience.

With the slogan of “Our Land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration”, this year’s celebrations will be hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As the host nation, Saudi Arabia will share its vision and solutions for tackling these pressing environmental issues, drawing inspiration from its rich cultural heritage and modern technological advancements.

As the world wrestles with the escalating effects of climate change, the significance of World Environment Day takes on a new urgency. Celebrated annually on June 5th, since 1974, has evolved into a powerful platform for environmental advocacy. This global event rallies nations, communities, and individuals to raise awareness and inspire action for a greener, more sustainable future.

This year’s theme, “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience,” shines a spotlight on the critical importance of reviving our planet’s ecosystems and combating the relentless march of deserts across once-fertile lands.

As we approach World Environment Day 2024, the call to action resonates more strongly than ever before. From individual acts of conservation to large-scale initiatives aimed at restoring degraded lands and combating desertification, every effort counts in our collective journey towards a resilient and sustainable future.

We certainly try to manage as sustainably as we can at Reed Business School and have adopted a number of initiatives that encourage consideration of our environment. Examples of this are within The Manor our kitchen waste goes into biodegradable bags and is disposed of via the food recycle bins and we aim to recycle paper, cardboard, and plastic where we can. Outside our gardening team aim to follow an environmentally friendly approach to the gardens with no fires on site, using our own compost on the borders and we have a natural meadow of wildflowers within the grounds. Our gardeners also aim to primarily use battery powered equipment to save on using fossil fuels and to help keep noise pollution down.

So this June please join us as part of the #GenerationRestoration movement and be a part of the solution. Embrace eco-friendly practices, support organisations working towards land restoration, and raise your voice to amplify the message of environmental stewardship.

Together, we can restore the Earth’s vibrant ecosystems, combat desertification, and build a future where our land and its resources are cherished and protected for generations to come.

Read more about sustainability statistics and how businesses can incorporate and respond to sustainability initiatives via the links below.

Global Sustainability Statistics  

2024 Annual Trends Report –  The Next Steps for Sustainable Businesses

Embracing Acceptance: What It Means to Uphold British Values in 2024

As any member of British society travels through the current social and political landscape of 2024 Britain, it’s more important than ever to have a clear understanding of what it means to uphold core British values. One of the key principles that has risen to the forefront in recent years is the principle of acceptance – celebrating diversity, championing equal rights, and fostering an inclusive society for people of all backgrounds and identities.

This idea of acceptance will be particularly highlighted on Anti-Transphobia Day, taking place on May 17th, 2024. This day serves as a powerful reminder of the continuing need to tackle discrimination and prejudice faced by the transgender community in the UK and beyond.

However,  embracing acceptance as a British value extends far beyond just one day or one side-lined group. It’s about cultivating a primary mindset and embracing a cultural shift that recognises the inherent value and dignity of every individual, regardless of their race, religion, sexuality, gender identity, or any other characteristic.

So, what does this look like in practice? To begin with, it means actively listening to and amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups. It also means educating ourselves about the unique challenges and barriers they may face and using our own privilege and platforms to advocate for positive change.

Embracing diversity also requires a willingness to have honest, sometimes difficult dialogues about topics like racism, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination. We must not shy away from these conversations or pretend they don’t exist. Instead, we need to lean into them with empathy, and a genuine commitment to growth and understanding.

Ultimately, upholding the British value of acceptance is about more than just paying lip service to diversity and inclusion. It’s about truly embodying those principles in every aspect of our lives – in our personal relationships, our professional circles, our civic engagement, and our daily interactions with others.

It’s also about creating spaces where people of all identities feel safe, respected, and celebrated. Where differences are embraced and we see the common threads that unite us, rather than solely focusing on the factors that divide us.

This is the kind of Britain we should be striving for – one that sets a global standard for what it means to be a truly inclusive, equitable, and accepting society. And it starts with each of us, as responsible members of society, taking an active role in shaping that vision and making it a reality.

So, as we approach Anti-Transphobia Day 2024 and beyond, let’s recommit ourselves to upholding the core British value of acceptance and tolerance of others. It’s not always easy, but it’s a crucial step towards building the kind of diverse, welcoming, and just society that we want to be part of  and we all deserve.

Unlocking Your Potential

The Vital Role of Personal Development and Soft Skills when building your Career.

In today’s competitive world, the quest for professional success often becomes the primary focus for many young people. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of career advancement, it’s easy to overlook a crucial aspect that can significantly impact both personal growth and career trajectory – personal development and the cultivation of soft skills.

In this article, we delve into why prioritising personal development, especially the honing of soft skills, is vital to unlocking your full potential in both your personal and professional life.

Understanding Personal Development

Personal development is a lifelong journey of self-improvement, encompassing various aspects such as enhancing self-awareness, setting goals, acquiring new knowledge, and developing skills. It goes beyond just acquiring technical expertise or job-specific competencies; it involves nurturing a holistic approach to self-growth that empowers individuals to thrive in all areas of life.

The Power of Soft Skills

Soft skills, often referred to as interpersonal or people skills, are the personal attributes that enable effective communication, collaboration, and interaction with others. Unlike hard skills, which are typically job-specific and technical in nature, soft skills are transferrable across different roles, industries, and contexts. They include communication skills, emotional intelligence, adaptability, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management, among others.

Essential Skills when Building your Career.

Enhanced Communication: Effective communication is a cornerstone of success in any profession. Whether it’s articulating ideas, negotiating with clients, or leading a team, effective communication skills are indispensable for career advancement.

Building Relationships: The ability to build and nurture relationships is crucial in today’s interconnected world. Soft skills like empathy, active listening, and conflict resolution foster positive relationships with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders, opening doors to new opportunities and collaborations.

Adaptability and Resilience: In a rapidly moving work environment, adaptability and resilience are paramount. Those who can quickly adapt to change, navigate uncertainty, and bounce back from setbacks are better positioned to thrive amidst challenges and seize new opportunities.

Leadership Potential: Effective leadership extends beyond technical expertise; it requires strong people skills to inspire, motivate, and influence others. Developing leadership qualities such as empathy, vision, and the ability to empower others can propel your career to new heights.

Problem-Solving Abilities: Employers value individuals who can think critically, analyse situations, and devise creative solutions to complex problems. Cultivating strong problem-solving skills not only makes you an asset to your organisation but also builds your confidence when tackling challenges.

Personal Growth and Fulfilment

Beyond career advancement, prioritising personal development and soft skills leads to overall personal growth and fulfilment. It fosters a sense of self-awareness, confidence, and purpose, empowering individuals to lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Investing in yourself not only enriches your own professional journey but also enhances overall well-being and satisfaction.

Key Strategies for Personal Development

Set Clear Goals: Define your objectives and create a roadmap for achieving them. Whether it’s mastering a new skill, improving communication, or advancing in your career, setting clear, achievable goals provides direction and motivation.

Continuous Learning: Embrace a mindset of lifelong learning. Seek out opportunities for education, training, and skill development to stay relevant and adaptable in a rapidly changing world.

Seek Feedback: Solicit feedback from peers, mentors, and supervisors to gain insights into areas for improvement. Constructive feedback is invaluable for identifying blind spots and refining your soft skills.

Practice Self-Reflection: Dedicate time for self-reflection to assess your progress, strengths, and areas for growth. Regular self-assessment enhances self-awareness and facilitates personal development.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone: Growth occurs outside of comfort zones. Challenge yourself by taking on new responsibilities, volunteering for leadership roles, or pursuing opportunities that stretch your abilities.

As you build your career prioritising personal development and the cultivation of soft skills is not just a recipe for professional success but a fundamental component of personal growth and fulfilment.

By investing in yourself, honing your interpersonal abilities, and embracing continuous learning, you can unlock the doors to exciting opportunities and realise your true potential. The journey of personal development is truly continuous, and each step you take brings you closer to becoming the best version of yourself – both professionally and personally.

Jane Hyde-Walsh

Programme Quality Manager

Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women in STEM for a Brighter Future

For this our hot topic in March we’re focusing on the STEM subjects as British Science Week approaches from the 8th to the 17th March.

During this period the spotlight once again turns to the crucial role of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in shaping our world. From groundbreaking discoveries to technological innovations, STEM fields are the driving force behind addressing problems, progress, and prosperity. However, in a month when we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we should also focus on one critical aspect that still demands attention: the underrepresentation of women in STEM.

Despite significant strides in recent years, women remain underrepresented in STEM education and occupations. This gender gap not only deprives industries of diverse perspectives but also hampers progress in society. British Science Week serves as a timely reminder of the urgent need to address this disparity and foster greater inclusivity in STEM.

The importance of encouraging women to pursue STEM fields cannot be overstated. Diversity fuels innovation by bringing fresh insights and approaches to problem-solving. By harnessing the full potential of all individuals, regardless of gender, we can unlock new opportunities and drive meaningful change.

Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of STEM. Initiatives aimed at promoting STEM subjects among young girls are essential to nurturing interest and talent from an early age. From interactive workshops to mentorship programs, engaging activities can inspire girls to pursue their passion for science and technology, laying the foundation for future success.

Moreover, increasing access to STEM education for women is crucial in breaking down barriers and empowering individuals to pursue their aspirations. Scholarships, grants, and targeted support systems can provide invaluable opportunities for women to excel in traditionally male-dominated fields. By creating a supportive environment that fosters growth and achievement, we can cultivate the next generation of female leaders in STEM.

There are some fantastic initiatives out there that support this objective and aim to encourage girls and young women to get enthused about STEM subjects. One leading organisation is Girls Who Code, founded by Reshma Saujani she’s also well known for her TED Talk ‘Teach Girls Bravery, not Perfection’ she began her career as an attorney and activist.

In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. This organisation aims to educate girls about computers and STEM subjects through community-based coding classes and workshops. Their impact has been huge and in their latest annual report they state that since their foundation in 2012 they have taught 580,000 young girls and women to code.

Beyond education, efforts to promote gender diversity in STEM occupations are equally vital. Encouraging companies to implement inclusive hiring practices and create supportive work environments can help attract and retain talented women in STEM careers. Additionally, promoting female role models and highlighting their contributions can inspire others to follow in their footsteps, paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable future.

To find out more about this subject please check out the following links.

Gender Inequality in the Workplace: The Fight Against Bias (betterup.com)

Building inclusive workplaces | CIPD

Advancing gender equality in the workplace: Barriers to gender equality, diversity and inclusion | Equality and diversity | Leading practice guides | Tools | XpertHR.co.uk

The secret to AAT success at Reed Business School

Here is the second in a series of articles from Jon Kemp our AAT Program Manager.

At Reed Business School, we know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to studying accountancy qualifications.

Students and employers both want an uncomplicated process, and as a training provider, we’re no different. A synergistic approach must be the order of the day. Whether you’re looking to self-fund your studies, be sponsored by an employer, or qualify under an apprenticeship program, there can be so many confusing options available on the market. We’re here to relieve the confusion and make the process as straight forward as possible.

Working in partnership with all parties involved, our aim is to offer a seamless pathway to success

Reed Business School is home for all of students’ accountancy needs for over 50 years.  If you’re a student or an employer and have decided that studying an AAT course is right for you, we will offer you outstanding support during your studies.

What is it like study an accountancy qualification at Reed Business School?

We’re nestled within the heart of the stunning Cotswolds; it’s the perfect setting for success. Students nationwide have been benefitting from this rich history of experience.

Through our Level 2 and 3 AAT programs, we have already had influence on students and employers.

“I like that it’s clear and visual with a lot of diagrams, not just big chunks of words. I’m a visual learner so that works great for me. There are lots of different resources – each week there’s the basics you have to learn, then essential practice, a mini exam about that section, plus optional practice. You can also watch recordings from lectures and bite-size videos to learn and review at your own pace.” Cameron, AAT Student

“We work alongside Reed Business School’s apprenticeship work coach to ensure they develop relevant business skills and behaviours in addition to their technical knowledge. The more confident they get, the more confidence I have in them to take on more senior work.” James Pickering, MCA Business

How we run our AAT programmes is simple. We offer a unique blended learning delivery package, combining use of an award-winning virtual learning environment (VLE) from Mindful Education, alongside live interaction with our top AAT tutor team in online workshops. The VLE can be accessed from phone, tablet or computer allowing students to study at anytime, anywhere. Bite size tutorials include video lectures supported by high-quality motion graphics, case studies, and engaging animations. Our workshop sessions combine perfectly with the VLE and gives you interaction with a tutor and classmates. You’ll be able to collaborate and ask questions, boosting your motivation and helping you stay on track to achieve and succeed in your qualification.

The extras Reed Business School gives our students

Whilst the AAT syllabus is the same between all providers, the level of care and support you receive will not always be equal. Along with the most up to date learning materials and methods, Reed Business School offers pastoral support to you throughout your journey with us. Our tutors and staff are on the study journey with the you, they are dedicated to make you feel confident and succeed.

We are continually evolving how we can offer the best AAT courses. With a new program manager in place, we are kicking off with a new AAT Level 4 programme in April 2024, available for apprentices and self-funded students, and with many more exciting projects to follow, 2024 is a great year to study with Reed Business School.

Quite simply put, everything can work well when you share the same vision. The secret to success is synergy.

Study AAT with Reed Business School

We provide the very highest standard of professional accountancy training for you to achieve your goals. We have recently added the AAT qualifications to our list of professional accountancy courses because we believe in delivering finance skills that add value.

The AAT Accounting Qualification will provide you with practical accounting and financial knowledge and skills, while also developing an understanding of business and the importance of the accounting function. Achieving the full qualification will give you a firm grounding in accounting that will make a real difference to you, your career opportunities and your employer.

The full AAT qualification is made up of three levels and each level is a qualification in its own right. This gives you the option of flexibility in studying to the level you wish to achieve.

Whether you choose to fund your own studies or decide to complete an apprenticeship, you will have access to an award-winning study package along with qualified tutors to guide through your pathway to success, using our blended learning plan.

The flexibility of blended learning delivery is that you don’t have to attend the training centre in person if you aren’t able to. With nationwide availability, we can come to you via the virtual learning environment (VLE) and live workshops. The VLE is updated weekly with new topics to study, and workshops are held weekly or fortnightly, depending on your level of study.

Studying AAT with Reed Business School is a fast track, non-graduate route to chartered accountancy, or, if you wish to go to university after studying AAT, then achieving the qualification can offer you excellent exemption on a range of accounting and finance related degrees.

Should you wish to continue on your professional accountancy study path, you can opt to continue with ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW with Reed Business School.

With Reed Business School, you can study from foundation level all the way to the very top without having to worry about finding a new provider.

Jon Kemp, AAT Program Manager at Reed Business School

Driving Economic Empowerment and Embracing Social Justice in Britain

This month’s hot topic, we’re focusing on Equality and Social Justice.

In the current landscape of global development, the intersection between economic impact and social justice stands as a pivotal point for progress. As we’re due to commemorate the World Day of Social Justice on 20th February 2024, it’s important to reflect on how Britain and other nations, champion equality of opportunity and foster economic growth.

The Significance of Social Justice in Economic Development

Social justice serves as the cornerstone of a prosperous and inclusive society. It encompasses the fair distribution of resources, opportunities, and privileges, regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status. When societies prioritise social justice, they create an environment where every individual can contribute meaningfully to economic growth and prosperity.

British Values: A Beacon of Equality and Opportunity

In the United Kingdom, the celebration of British values embodies the principles of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. These values serve as the bedrock for fostering a society where everyone can thrive, regardless of their background.

Economic Impact and Social Justice: A Symbiotic Relationship

The economic impact of social justice initiatives cannot be overstated. By investing in education, healthcare, affordable housing, and social welfare programmes, nations like Britain pave the way for greater workforce participation, innovation, and economic stability. When marginalised communities are empowered through equal access to opportunities, especially in education, the entire economy benefits from their contributions.

Promoting Equality of Opportunity in Britain

Britain has made significant strides in promoting equality of opportunity and social justice during the past few decades. Through policies such as those aimed at reducing inequality, promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace opportunities have been broadened and made more accessible. Furthermore, by investing in institutions such as schools and the NHS, the UK has demonstrated its commitment to building a fairer and more equitable society.

Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Despite progress, challenges remain in achieving true social justice and equality of opportunity. Persistent disparities in income, education, and access to healthcare underscore the ongoing need for concerted efforts to address systemic barriers and structural inequalities. However, these challenges also present opportunities for innovation, collaboration, raising awareness and collective action to drive meaningful change.

Reflecting and Looking Ahead on the role of Social Justice.

World Day of Social Justice will be marked on 20th February 2024, and it’s important to use this time to reflect on British values, and understanding how these pillars contribute to the strength of democracy in the United Kingdom.

By championing social justice, fostering equality of opportunity, and embracing diversity, we can create a more inclusive and prosperous world for generations to come. Together, let us forge a path towards a brighter, fairer, and more equitable future.

Start your accounting apprenticeship course with Reed Business School!

How Apprenticeships work at Reed Business School?

Reed Business School have been running the Level 7 apprenticeship (ICAEW and ACCA) for over 8 years and more recently the Level 3 and Level 2 (AAT) with AAT Level 4 to follow in the spring. This gives every accounting student the complete range of levels to progress their career.

We are currently supporting nearly 300 students through the Level 7 standard, with great results, our pass rates speak for themselves. The level 7 apprenticeship is equivalent to a masters degree.

The advantage of being a student with the apprenticeship scheme is that you can ‘learn while you earn’ and be fully supported by your employer and Reed Business School. All the costs are funded by the Government and your employer, so you will not be asked to contribute to your apprenticeship studies. At the end of your apprenticeship, you will also have achieved all the requirements to become a qualified accountant for the governing body you choose to learn under.

We offer a unique learning environment here at Reed Business School with classroom based learning in fabulous rural surroundings. Our preference is face to face to get the best learning experience you can, but we do understand this is not the way all students want to learn and have the live online option if we feel it can work for you and your employer.  You will have tutors on hand to support and to question, they are available at the Business School during breaks, lunch time and after class if you need any further help. Our learning platform, Teams, offers an interactive platform where you can contact your tutor and peers through the chat option, where they can also be lively discussion on the days topics or catch up on the recording made by tutor with the uploaded annotated notes, it is fantastic way to revise. For our AAT apprentices we offer online learning through the platform Mindful Education and full tutor support from our dedicated AAT tutor team.

As an apprentice, you will have four coaching session a year with a learning coach who will help you with your soft skills and behaviours, which can be many things to help you be the best accountant you can be.

Each apprentice is to be given 20% Off The Job training (OTJ), this is not as onerous as you think, as we the learning provider will cover off a lot of this with the tuition courses you attend as block release here at The Manor. OTJ can be done in the work place while working, anything that is considered upskilling can be counted towards your OTJ.

Would you like to find out more? Please contact us or watch the You Tube video here.