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PQ visits the team that was recently named AAT’s Distance Learning Provider of the Year

October 2016

Premier Training landed two trophies at the 2016 AAT Training Provider awards. It walked off with the Distance Learning Provider of the Year, and Jessica Leyland won the Student of the Year award, so the PQ team thought it was time we went to visit them at their Lincolnshire base.
Rose Crockett is the powerhouse behind Premier, and is incredibly proud of her latest award. As she told the Grimsby Telegraph: “It is the biggest award in our industry… I put it down to the fact that we can adapt and change at a minute’s notice.”
Crockett launched Premier in 1999 and started her love affair with AAT in 2000. She began with literally nothing, and we are talking no chairs here (there’s a great story there)! Premier now employs over 21 people and is looking for new premises so it can grow some more.
But Crockett has never forgotten those early days and the importance of the personal touch, which made Premier an almost instant hit with students. “We never want to lose that,” she stressed.
Crockett believes that her tutors are a key part of what makes Premier special. “We provide three marked assessments and a mock exam for each paper,” she explained. These are very skills-based, so are more ‘real world’, which helps the penny drop and are of practical benefit, too.
Tutors also spend time to ensure each PQ stays on track and truly understands what they are trying to learn.
It was Crockett who also initiated the annual sponsorship programme. This provides at least one lucky candidate a life-changing opportunity to gain the AAT qualification free of charge.
The 2015 overall winner was 36-year-old Darren Sykes, who gave up his job and studies to care for his wife.
He is hoping to use the AAT qualification to land a job in accountancy and to continue his studies to become a chartered accountant and run his own business.

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