Professional status is the key to success.
But as one of the region's leading training organisations discovered, it's not just important for traditional skills such as accountancy - today's modern managers are achieving professional status too.
Chris Siddle, regional manager for FTC Kaplan, said: "We are firmly established in Newcastle providing accountancy and other professional development qualifications from our teaching centre in the heart of the city.
"As one of the premier professional accountancy training organisations in the region, we have been working with client organisations and local students since 1980s, and are proud to have one of the largest and most experienced professional training teams in the North-East.
"We are the first choice for students looking to gain ACCA, ATT, CIMA, CTA, and ICAEW accountancy qualifications. In recent years there has been a very significant growth in the AAT qualification due largely to students opting to enter accountancy as school leavers under the accountancy apprenticeship scheme - and FTC Kaplan is able to offer such students fully funded training.
"A major development for us has been bringing the FTC Kaplan Business School into our operations.
"We now also provide accredited management development programmes from awarding bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)."
Tom Jones, FTC Kaplan Business School Manager explained: "It doesn't matter what industry background or technical qualifications managers already have - management is a professional skill in its own right.
"Team leaders from the shop floor right up to senior executives benefit - not just from acquiring the latest management skills, but from the status that being recognised as a truly professional manager can bring."
Chris Siddle sees this as a winning formula for individual students and corporate clients alike. He said: "We have helped thousands of students unlock their potential, achieve recognition and build their careers.
"If you are considering financial qualifications, or are a team leader, manager or personnel and training practitioner looking to progress your career you should be speaking to us.
"The experience and understanding of our team is second to none, and we can offer the advice you need to make the right next steps."
FTC Kaplan is a world-wide company and one of Europe's leading providers of financial training and professional development. Call the Newcastle Office on (0191) 232-9365, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ftckaplan.com for further advice on courses and information.
UNLOCKING POTENTIAL: Chris Siddle, regional manager for FTC Kaplan, says he has helped thousands of students achieve recognition and build their careers.' SUCCESS: Just a few of the students who have gained qualifications on the courses.