The inaugural AAT Training Provider Awards were held in Birmingham on 3 April 2014. The awards are designed to celebrate the use of new technologies and innovative ways that training providers engage with their students. Despite being only the first year, there were around 3,500 votes for Tutor of the Year, about 35 students nominated for Student of the Year and over 70 entries across the other categories.
The winners were announced by AAT President Mike Evans at a ceremony held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.
This year’s winners were:
- Training provider of the year – small: Training 2000
- Training provider of the year – medium: St Helens College
- Training provider of the year – large: Kaplan
- Best new training provider: Salford City College
- Distance learning provider of the year: Eagle Education
- International training provider of the year: Botho University
- Apprenticeship training provider of the year: Starting Off
- Best use of e-learning: Premier Training
- Best progression to full membership: BPP
- Student of the year: Sarah Williams, Eagle Education
- Tutor of the Year: Vanessa Harrison, Hertford Regional College
Student of the Year, Sarah Williams was nominated by her training provider Eagle Education for her determination and ambition to succeed.
Commenting on receiving her award, Sarah said: “I’m thrilled to receive this recognition. I have always wanted to provide a bright future for my family so I knew that I had to study hard to get a good job.
“It has not been an easy path. Fitting my studies around my duties as a mum against all odds was challenging at times. However I was aware that progressing with my AAT studies would help me get my foot on the career ladder. Now I have a job and I am well under way on my AAT Level 4 qualification.”