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An organisation providing fast-track accountancy programmes – enabling students at City of Wolverhampton College to complete three levels of professional qualifications in just one year – is in the running for a national industry award.

The Birmingham-based Finance and Management Business School (FMBS) – which provides Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) training through the college’s accountancy academy – has been shortlisted for a 2015 AAT Training Provider Award.

The awards, run by the professional body for accounting technicians, recognise excellence in the delivery of AAT training and FMBS is one of five finalists in the large training provider category for organisations with over 200 current AAT students.

The college’s accountancy academy, based at the Wellington Road campus, offers a range of part-time AAT accountancy and book-keeping qualifications that start at regular intervals throughout the year. Courses are delivered by staff from FMBS on a modular basis meaning students can work at a pace suitable for them and, on successful completion of the course, can progress to the next level without having to wait until the start of the next academic year.

Michelle Parkes, managing director of FMBS, said: “Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is testament to the successful partnership we have with the college and to the dedication and hard work of our students who are benefitting from gaining their professional qualifications quicker through the innovative fast-track scheme.”

Winners of the awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the 2015 Training Provider Conference at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, on Thursday 30 April.

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