What People Say...

Ryan Lewis

Testimonial from Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis took over as Managing Director of Devon accountancy firm, WR Frost, in 2020 during the pandemic and has been building his team to support his growth plans. To this end Victoria, (our Apprentice and Employer Co-ordinator), has recently helped him recruit a new apprentice and will be continuing to work with him to find another apprentice to start in early 2022.

When asked by Simon if the apprentice recruitment process had gone to plan, Ryan replied:

“Hi Simon – Yes all has gone to plan, Victoria has been genuinely fantastic. I don’t give that high a praise lightly but she has been brilliant at getting this sorted.”

Ryan Lewis ACA
Managing Director, W R Frost

Gary Salter

“Ensuring new staff get to grips with double-entry bookkeeping as soon as possible is critical to the profitability of the business. The Balancing Act helps us achieve this.”

Gary Salter
Partner, Milsted Langdon LLP

Robert Zelazik

“We see The Balancing Act as a key element to the successful completion of the probationary period for our new trainees”

Robert Zelazik
Partner, A.C.Mole & Sons Chartered Accountants And Chartered Tax Advisors

Sophie Parkhouse

“For a number of years, we have used The Balancing Act distance learning bookkeeping course as part of our induction programme for all new recruits. This has allowed our school-leaver and graduate intake to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to become productive in the workplace within a week and, in the case of our AAT students, to commence their studies at level 3, rather than spend a year completing level 2. This not only fast tracks their career progress and enables our business to immediately benefit from their increased effectiveness, but also reduces the amount of on-the-job training provided by their line managers and consequent lost chargeable time.”

Sophie Parkhouse
Technical And Training Partner At Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants

Tony Paine

“The Balancing Act is the best introductory course we have seen, easy to use, effective and reasonably priced.”

Tony Paine
Director, Chalmers HB Chartered Accountants

Andrew Price

“At Andrew Price & Co we believe training is the best investment you can make in your team. We do this from the start, from new apprentices to people looking for a refresher after joining us from the industry. We’ve found no better way than The Balancing Act, to be able to get people confident with the core underlying accounting principles and processes. It’s comprehensive and highly practical with the added benefit of testing to support the learning process. Even with software like Xero, you need to be able to understand the accounting that goes on within it to ensure it’s used correctly. The Balancing Act is one of the best ways I’ve seen to get entry-level team members as productive as possible in a short period of time, freeing up your more experienced staff to do client work.”

Andrew Price
Andrew Price & Co

Matthew Boddy

“I started the AAT studies with no prior accounting experience except for two weeks of work experience. I began my Apprenticeships straight from completing my A-Levels and haven’t really looked back since!

By doing my AAT studies alongside my role at work, I am learning key concepts from a study perspective and in a real-world context. I have recently completed both the Level 3 qualification for the AAT and also the Apprenticeship programme which runs aside the AAT programme.

I have been attending the ‘drop-in’ sessions run by Accountancy Learning for just over 18 months and in that time, I haven’t had a single complaint. I have always felt welcomed by all members of staff. By attending the drop-in sessions, I am able to see my tutor every week to discuss my progress and to hand in work to be marked, which is always returned really quickly.

The course learning materials are catered for all students by the use of textbooks and in some units, videos on Moodle, by means of listening with diagrams and visuals to help. I have enjoyed the variety as it has allowed me to recap a topic by a different means.

I have felt that by learning at Accountancy Learning and work, I have learnt it quicker and more comprehensively. If ever I have needed their help, I know that Accountancy Learning will be there and on hand to deal with any queries on my whole course.”

Matthew Boddy
Thomas Westcott

Courtney Ashton

“I’m Courtney. I am an apprentice for Accountancy Learning. I have been studying with Accountancy Learning for almost three years. Whilst studying with this college I have realised where my strengths are. They have helped me gain confidence that I never thought I would have.

I can’t recommend Accountancy Learning enough. The tutors are very supportive, friendly and professional. They have helped and supported all aspects of my learning and have made me who I am today.”

Courtney Ashton
Mark Holt & Co, Chartered Accountants

Chris Hutchings

“I’ve learnt loads since working with Accountancy Learning. I’ve learnt that being wrong is sometimes the best way to learn. When doing practise questions or exams, you think back to what you’ve done wrong and how you managed to get the right answer from it.

I’ve also learnt that it’s OK to ask for help. All the tutors are willing to help and are all very knowledgeable.

Since qualifying with my level 2 AAT, work has become a lot easier as it has helped me to understand more about how our accounts work. It’s helped me personally, as I am now in a routine job where I don’t work shifts, I have weekends free and lots of time to myself and my friends.

I am now working towards my AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting and late this year, I will be working towards my AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting.

The tutors are amazing. They make a plan for your learning style and help you stick to it with realistic deadlines. The best place you could go to do your AAT.”

Chris Hutchings
Ticket To Ride Group

Hasan Shabir

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for getting me through the ACA exam, I wasn’t feeling great for it at all before the revision course but came out after it feeling a lot more positive and targeted about where I could get myself through it and that’s down to you, so just wanted to put my thanks on record to you. We always give feedback when we’ve got something negative to say, so I think it’s nice to equally let people know when they’ve made a positive contribution too!”

Hasan Shabir
ACA Student

April Mart

“Accountancy Learning have been supporting my apprentice for the last three years while she has been studying for AAT accountancy qualifications.  In that time the Accountancy Learning Team gave both my apprentice and myself all the guidance, advice and moral support we needed on our journey and this resulted in passes for 2 levels of AAT exams.  Thank you Accountancy Learning we could not have done it without you!

We are very grateful to Simon and his team who always gave us the right level of direction and encouragement and freely shared their high level of expertise in nurturing my student through the maze of learning modules.  Help was always on hand when needed and the online support was particularly useful if we encountered any problems.

The learning timetable was individually structured to fit in with our requirements and regularly reviewed and revised.  When the going got tough particularly towards the end, the team pulled out all the stops to get my student over the finishing line.

I would be happy to recommend Accountancy Learning to anyone considering studying for Accountancy qualifications.  Not only did my apprentice gain good exam passes I also learnt a few extra skills along the way!”

April Mart
Managing Director, ADM Finance Ltd

Martin Lock

“We have found Accountancy Learning’s flexible and innovative approach has allowed us to recruit and train exceptionally able staff more effectively than would have been feasible in a more traditional, college-based, environment.”

Martin Lock
Partner, PKF Francis Clark Chartered Accountants

Louise Jones

“Accountancy Learning has supported our AAT and ACA training for a number of years now. The training they give is always flexed to the needs of our students and the office and they provide both a very professional and very personal service. As well as valuing the training they deliver our students, they are always available to give advice and guidance on our training policy and display and a sound understanding of the needs of our business.

We have been really pleased with our exam success rates with Accountancy Learning. They have been consistently excellent.”

Louise Jones
Hodgsons Chartered Accountants

Ben Robertson – Albert Goodman, Chartered Accountants

I’d like to thank Chrissy, Neil and yourself for all of your support and guidance throughout the past 12.5 months. Accountancy Learning is certainly a training provider I’d recommend and I will pass on my positive feedback to our training organiser Sophie.

In the meantime, I’m starting my ACA course on Monday, many thanks for helping me get to this stage so quickly.

Ben Robertson
Albert Goodman, Chartered Accountants

Brodie Cook – Albert Goodman, Chartered Accountants

“As someone who has previously completed their AAT Foundation Certificate outside of an apprenticeship, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t initially sceptical of how doing this apprenticeship would actually help me.

However, I think that reading back through my own reflections and seeing where I started this year, compared to where I am now, just shows how much I have developed and grown. I have not only gained a new depth of knowledge and technique across all aspects of the accountancy profession thanks to my Advanced Diploma but also more self-belief than I could have imagined. You can see how evident it is that I have developed in my most recent Personal Development Discussion with my line manager.

At the start of my level three, I felt like I hadn’t really embarked on my “career” as such, due to the fact that I was only just starting out and years from qualifying. However, now I realise that it isn’t just about what qualifications you have, but also your motivation, work ethic and building those valuable relationships with your clients and connections.

Thank you so much, Simon, for everything! This past couple of years working with yourself, Shannon and all of your team has been amazing and you’ve all gone above and beyond to help me through –  I’m really going to miss working with you all!!

All the best for the future, and if I ever find myself down in Exeter (probably the Christmas market again), I’ll be sure to pop in.”

Brodie Cook
Albert Goodman, Chartered Accountants