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New agreement gives trainee Chartered Accountants expert banking and financial services skills in education programme

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New agreement gives trainee Chartered Accountants expert banking and financial services skills in education programme

Thursday, May 31, 2018 

New agreement gives trainee Chartered Accountants expert banking and financial services skills in education programmeIreland’s leading accountancy body, Chartered Accountants Ireland and Ireland’s leading banking and financial services educational body, The Institute of Banking have today announced an agreement between the two organisations. As a result of this agreement, Chartered Accountants Ireland will now offer a new financial services elective module to its final year students.

Almost one in five of all Irish Chartered Accountants already work in the financial services sector, so a tailored elective for student members will be appealing for students.  The elective will also serve the needs of an expanding financial services sector at home and overseas, where demand for newly qualified members with expertise in financial services is acute. 

Chartered Accountants Ireland Chief Executive, Barry Dempsey said: 
“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of many months of work with The Institute of Banking.  In combining an executive-level financial services component with the Chartered Accountant professional qualification, our proposition is made even more attractive for talented and ambitious new graduates and business professionals. 

“This new financial services elective is one part of an exciting, new education programme that Chartered Accountants Ireland will be offering to students for the 2018/19 academic year. We have revised our core syllabus, introduced new electives and new pathways to membership, as we continue to evolve and anticipate the demands of our economy.  We believe that, combined, they will greatly enhance both the student experience and the long-term value of the profession in a rapidly-changing environment.”

“We are pleased to work with The Institute of Banking on the launch of this new elective.  Chartered Accountants Ireland and The Institute of Banking are respected, prestigious, all-island membership organisations, dedicated to upholding the highest professional standards in our respective areas, to the ultimate benefit of customers and society.”

The Institute of Banking Chief Executive, Mary O’Dea said:
“We are delighted to work with Chartered Accountants Ireland in developing this new financial services elective for its final admitting examination. The content draws on our education expertise in the banking and the investment funds sectors. We believe that this new financial services elective will equip students with relevant, specialist and practical knowledge and skills, whether they look to work in the financial services industry or within practice. We look forward to working with Chartered Accountants Ireland in the coming years.”