What is the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship?
Cork College of Commerce is one of six colleges nationwide which will roll out the new National Accounting Technician Apprenticeship in September 2017, bringing potentially 20 new jobs to the local area.
The new Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a practical route to a rewarding career in accountancy where participants put their learning into practice, mentored in both college and the workplace. They get paid at least €17,797 a year and tuition costs are fully funded.
The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a National Apprenticeship leading to a QQI Award Level 6.
This programme provides school-leavers, mature learners and existing employees with a practical route to a career in accountancy.
Registered employers are operating in industry, practice and the public sector. They are offering two-year employment contracts, where Apprentices will be trained ‘on-the-job’, in every aspect of the qualification, and will be closely mentored by a qualified accounting technician or accountant.
How does this programme work?
Apprentices study at our college one day a week, and then put their learnings into practice while working in an office four days a week.
Apprentices are mentored on the college side by our experienced lecturers.
This programme will suit:
- School-leavers (18-22 years old) who prefer practical training to full-time academic study, and students who thrive in an environment where they are putting learning into practice every day. The programme offers school-leavers an alternative to full-time third-level study.
- Mature learners (aged 23 or above) who are looking to change career or move into a finance role.
- Employees who are already working with a participating employer and who would like to move into a finance role.
Accounting Technicians Ireland is managing the recruitment process for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship. Interested applicants should first visit www.accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie, where they will find programme information, eligibility requirements, the application form and tips and advice on completing it.
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements are forwarded to prospective employers for consideration, and successful applicants will commence with a two-year Apprenticeship contract in September 2017.
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2 years (college classes one day per week, work at employers office 4 days per week)
Apprentices graduate as fully qualified Accounting Technicians, with the opportunity to progress to Level 9 studies with Chartered Accountants Ireland after just two years.
As part of this government initiative a significant commitment has been made to funding. This includes
- Student Registration Fees
- Tuition Fees
- Exam Fees
Government funding levels for the programme to be confirmed shortly.
- Financial Accounting
- Business Management
- Advanced Financial Accounting
- Advanced Taxation
- Management Accounting
- Integrated Accounted Systems
Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week, and attend classes in college one day a week. They are also given three weeks’ study leave each year.
Apprentices will be recent school leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate or employees who wish to work in a finance role. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before the 1st of July in the year of entry.
- must have Leaving Certificate standard English and Maths at ordinary level
- should normally have approximately 300 CAO points
Note: Study of Accountancy at Leaving Certificate level is not a requirement
Apprentices commence with a two-year work contract, with wages paid by the employer. It is at the employer’s discretion to enhance the entry criteria for selection.
- ‘on-the-job’ training combined with college tuition
- Students ‘earn as you learn’ taking home the full-time industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.
- Large and small accountancy practices, service firms and industry employers have already committed to taking on school leavers as apprentices.
Successful graduates will receive generous exemptions on Chartered Accountants Ireland’s study programmes so that they can continue to progress their career within the profession. So by choosing the Praktikum route, they have the opportunity to become fully qualified Chartered Accountants in just five years.
Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment.
They perform a wide range of roles including Bookkeeping, Financial Accounting & Budgeting, Costing & Credit Control, Payroll Administration and Tax Returns
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