Di challenges for IAB Awards

Di Garbera’s success in helping Goldings to secure a string of International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) awards for Computerised Accounting for Business Courses has now taken her to the finals of the organisation’s Tutor of the Year competition.

Goldings has won gold and silver awards for the quality of its training provided to clients studying for IAB qualifications. Di Garbera, who has led the company’s training services for more than 25 years, has now been nominated by a number of her students for the individual accolade.

Di joined in 1986 as the first employee in a business founded by Vic Golding four years earlier. Her job was to look after the office while Vic visited clients,

She said: “Customers got to know me and wanted me to train them because I had the business experience of manual book-keeping and I knew the products. That’s how it started. I went on a lot of Sage courses and was taught by other experts, and every year I still do an exam so I am always up to date with the latest programs and features.”

Di’s day to day work is all about helping students gain the skills, qualifications and broader experience of finance which will make their businesses more secure. She is aware that many trainees are self-taught, with some input from colleagues, and therefore do not use the computerised accounting programs to their full potential.

She said: “As well as the standard training I also provide the hints, tips and background knowledge beyond computer skills to help trainees get more from their system and support themselves and their businesses more effectively.

 “They like the flexibility because many of them are busy at work during office hours so they fit in the training at evenings and weekends and that’s when they need the support. It’s important to be able to provide the help when they are in the mood to do the training, otherwise they may have to take a break and could lose momentum.

“Hopefully the IAB awards will help us get some recognition for Goldings and raise awareness of the training courses, because it can be difficult to persuade businesses to make time for training. We work hard to make them aware of the opportunities provided by funding and distance learning, which enable them to improve their businesses without having to commit huge amounts of time and money. Winning this award would help us get that message across.”

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