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Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Applications Now Open

Earn while you learn: 150 jobs available nationwide through apprenticeship programme

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Applications Now Open

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a funded, work-based learning programme where apprentices will get a two year employment contract and earn at least €19,000 a year.

The apprentices will work with their employer 4 days a week during the academic year (September to May) and go to a local college one day a week on a Monday. Outside the academic term apprentices work full time with their employer.

The apprenticeship will be running in nine colleges nationwide, in the wider Dublin region, Cork, Monaghan, Waterford, Limerick, Galway & Wicklow

Leaving Cert students and mature learners can apply for the programme through the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship website http://accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie/applicants/

This apprenticeship provides a real alternative for Leaving Certificate students who prefer practical training to a full-time college programme, or for students who may have embarked on a college course and found that it didn’t suit them. It is also an attractive option for existing employees and mature learners who would like to pursue a career in accounting.

Large accountancy firms, smaller high street practices as well as organisations in industry and the public sector have embraced the new apprenticeship programme. Their apprentices will work in the office four days a week and study in a local college one day a week during the two-year programme, which begins in September. 

Successful graduates of the apprenticeship programme may then progress (with relevant exemptions) to full accountancy with Chartered Accountants Ireland or one of the other professional accountancy bodies. 

The practical nature of the programme, the salary and the fully-funded fees make the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship particularly appealing to school leavers who prefer learning by experience to full-time college education, according to chief operations officer at Accounting Technicians Ireland Gillian Doherty.

“When students complete the apprenticeship programme, they will have a strong, in-demand accountancy QQI Level 6 award, two years of solid work experience and the opportunity, if they wish, to progress to further study in accountancy, business or finance,” said Ms Doherty.

“This is a pan-sectoral programme which meets the needs of industry, practice and the public sector, and graduates enjoy exemptions from the full range of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland, CPA, ACCA and CIMA”

For more details of the apprenticeships see accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie

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