Bookkeeper and lecturer Lindsay Geach hails the “brilliant” grounding given by IAB courses.
As she walks her Boxer puppy on a Cornish beach near her home in Falmouth, she speaks of the respect in which the organisation and its qualifications are held.
Lindsay has spent 20 years in finance, the past four running her own business. Ten years ago, she decided to pass on her considerable knowledge and expertise to others.
She is accountancy tutor at Truro and Penwith College and lead accountancy tutor for Cornwall Adult Education (CAE), with centres in Bude, St Austell, Liskeard and Newquay. Since 2009, CAE has delivered IAB courses to some 400 students.
Lindsay, who grew up in Essex, began lecturing after a teacher broke an ankle and was asked to “give it a go.” She did – and has never looked back.
Her work brings her into frequent contact with the IAB. She spends a lot of time analysing courses, relating them to what the workplace needs, and the kind of qualifications that are most appropriate.
“Working in the business has given me a good idea of what’s needed by employers,” Lindsay says. “The IAB fits that very well. The IAB is a good qualification for students that enables them to make progress after their studies.”
She says IAB courses also open the door to other financial careers such as accountancy, with IAB qualifications accepted as entry credits to a range of courses such as those run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
For many years, Truro and Penwith College – an approved IAB centre and the UK’s first Further Education college to be rated outstanding by Ofsted – has delivered the IAB courses in manual and computerised bookkeeping, accounting and payroll to Levels 1 – 3.
“I like the IAB courses because they relate to work and are very work-based,” says Lindsay. “The qualification is a good qualification and well worth having – it hasn’t dropped out of a Christmas cracker.”
She enjoys working with the IAB team. “It’s a brilliant relationship. They are really good and bend over backwards to be helpful. They’re easy to work with. They do whatever they can to make life easy for the college and adult education. If you’ve got a problem, they sort it out pretty much instantly.”
Lindsay says her students are happy with the IAB as the examining body. “It works for those of all ages who are considering bookkeeping as a career, contemplating a career change, or adding skills to their existing role. I have worked with someone from a bank for four years who found a new career in bookkeeping.
“As a bookkeeper, you can normally get work. If you’re good at your job, you’re always in demand. The challenge is when people are surprised at the amount of studying they have to put in.
“I tell them it’s important to put in the time because it’s not a qualification you can wing or pick up along the way.“
Lindsay is a member of both the IAB and AAT, teaching courses from both organisations. “They are different qualifications but complement each other very well. The grounding the IAB gives is brilliant and if they wish, students can build on it with the AAT.”
She attends courses regularly run for members by the IAB and says they are invariably well organised and helpful in keeping them up-to-date with latest developments such as auto-enrolment and payroll changes.
Lindsay commends the college for being highly supportive of IAB courses. “The backing’s been there throughout.”
Cornwall Adult Education has no hesitation in recommending them. “IAB has the best suite of qualifications for us,” a spokesman said.