Jane Scott Paul
Jane Scott Paul has been Chief Executive of the AAT since 1997. Under Jane’s leadership, the AAT has grown to an overall membership of 120,000 with an influential voice in the education, training, development and support of accounting technicians worldwide.
Before becoming Chief Executive, she headed the AAT’s Education and Training Division and pioneered the introduction of large scale, skills-based training for accounting technicians. This has contributed to capacity development both within and outside the UK. She has contributed to conferences and workshops in the UK, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.
After achieving an MA with Honours in Political Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Jane started her career at the University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations where she was involved in the management of public examinations and in curriculum development.
She was awarded Honorary Membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in 2003 and the OBE in 2008 for services to the accountancy profession.

Entries by Jane Scott Paul

Employers and Educators Must Act to Make the Most of Our Young People

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (10:43)

Official unemployment figures released last week by the Government have revealed that youth unemployment levels are now at their lowest since Spring 2011; just over 900,000 young people are now out of work in the UK. While any fall in unemployment levels is to be welcomed, there's no getting away...

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Apprentices Boosted UK Business by £1.8billion Last Year

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (08:06)

Apprentices delivered around £1.8 billion of net economic benefits to UK organisations last year according to the latest research from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the UK's leading qualification and membership body for accounting staff. The report compiled by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) found that...

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Believing in Skills

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (15:19)

I spoke openly about what I believe excellence to look like when developing qualifications and skills from my own experience as Chief Executive of AAT at the Skills Summit in January.

I've been Chief Executive of the AAT for 17 years and before that headed up its education and...

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Are We Creating a More 'Entrepreneurial' Generation?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (11:28)

It is clear from the press that the outlook remains bleak for our young people.

There are around one million 16 to 24 year-olds not in education, training or employment and the labour market is becoming crowded with an excess of university graduates that aren't being offered work for which...

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Why Is Careers Advice So Important?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 October 2013 | (10:43)

Careers advice is back in the spotlight after a research report, 'Life as a Professional; what do 14-19 year-old really think?' released on behalf of Professions Week (21-27 October) showed that 40% of 14-19 year-olds surveyed had not received any sort of careers advice in the last 12 months.


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Using the Taxation System for Apprenticeship Funding

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2013 | (09:51)

In his review of the apprenticeship system, Doug Richard clearly stated that the Government should create the right incentives for apprenticeship training by placing purchasing power in the hands of employers.

One of the core criticisms of apprenticeships up until now has been that training has not accurately reflected...

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Parental Preconceptions Hamper Apprenticeship Aspirations

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (10:40)

Every year in August we like to bang the drum to let young people and their parents know that, once they've torn open their envelopes and seen their A Level results, Higher Education is not the only choice.

We talk about the other options because we think it's important...

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Complexity of Tax System and Lack of Financial Incentive Hampering Entrepreneurs and SMEs

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (16:28)

As an organisation and as the G8 Summit approaches we are urging the government to make changes to the UK tax system to address growing trends of avoidance and evasion and to simplify an increasingly complex tax regime.

Over the past year the UK has woken up to the...

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Adult Learning Not a Priority but Why Not?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (14:57)

Adult Learners' Week (18- 24 May) celebrates those learners that have taken the plunge back into education at a later stage in life.

Every year, I read in awe the success stories of those who embrace learning as an adult. Many have overcome hardships; many (if not...

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Real Time Information - Still the SME Sector Is in the Dark and Implementation Date Looms

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2013 | (08:37)

The biggest change to the PAYE system since it came into operation over 65 years ago - Real Time Information (RTI) is the new system for reporting tax, NI and other details to HMRC and comes into effect in April.

Reporting in real time will be mandatory for all...

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Career or Family: Why Do Women Have to Make a Choice?

(8) Comments | Posted 3 February 2013 | (23:00)

The topic of women in boardrooms has been on the agenda for some time, especially since the government set the target of at least 25 per cent female representation on FTSE 100 boards by 2015.

The reasoning behind these targets is justified. There's undoubtedly much to gain by...

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Give Young People Proper Internships

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2012 | (10:14)

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is one of over 100 businesses signed up to Nick Clegg's 'Business Compact' on social mobility - improving access for all young people from all backgrounds into the professions.

We signed up to the Business Compact because we felt it important that organisations get...

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One Year on With Our Apprentice

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2012 | (12:27)

A year ago we established a relationship with Islington Academy with a view to setting up an apprentice scheme within AAT. Our motives were twofold: firstly we wanted to give something back to the local community (as a registered charity we are restricted from donating to other charities),...

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Bridging the Gap for Adults in Further Education

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2012 | (09:42)

The country is in a deeper recession than previously thought with new figures revealing a shrinking economy and a sharper decline in the first three months in 2012. Despite the Government's efforts to stimulate the job market, youth unemployment remains high and the proportion of people over the...

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Youth Unemployment and the 'Lost Generation'

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2012 | (16:23)

Youth unemployment is a global problem. In the UK, NEET figures are at a record high. In some countries of the Arab world 90% of 16-24-year-olds are unemployed. In the United States the youth unemployment rate is 23% and in Spain nearly 50%. The problem is very much a worldwide...

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Lack of Career Guidance is Hampering Young People's Future Prospects

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2012 | (23:00)

Record high youth unemployment statistics have sparked much debate about education today. Universities, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships have been making headlines, with much discussion about their value and the role they play in our society. It's a minefield of confusing and contradictory messages for school leavers and their parents.

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Apprenticeships: We Urgently Need to Offer Young People More Choice

(1) Comments | Posted 6 February 2012 | (23:00)

The vast changes in the education landscape are making the headlines and naturally causing a lot of passionate debate. Coupled with the latest depressing unemployment figures with youth unemployment the highest since records began it is not surprising that education and skills are top of the political agenda.


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The Next Generation of Managers

(3) Comments | Posted 23 August 2011 | (00:00)

With university fees on the increase, many young people are looking at alternative routes into their chosen careers. Should employers now be looking to school leavers instead of graduates for their next generation of managers?

University is no longer a financially viable...

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