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Recruitment popular for accountancy apprenticeship

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:36pm

A new accountancy apprenticeship is proving to be a popular choice for Leaving Cert students.

With a minimum earning of €18,000 per annum and a professional qualification in as little as two years, the new Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) Apprenticeship has become an attractive avenue for school leavers who are interested in a career in accountancy but prefer practical learning to full time college study.

The fully funded programme gives apprentices the opportunity to put their learning into practice every day with mentor support in both the office and the classroom.

Apprentices work four days a week with an employer and study one day a week with a local college. The programme is delivered by ATI via a network of partner colleges in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Monaghan, Waterford and Wicklow and leads to a Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Accounting.

This year there are 160 places available on the programme, with the next intake commencing locally this September via Cork College of Commerce.

Sophie Ellis, an apprentice entering her second year in the programme, said that the recruitment process was quite easy.

“You fill out the application form and ATI sends it out to a range of employers, who then call you for an interview,” said Ms Ellis.

“Once you’ve got your offer, you look forward to starting work and college in September.

“I feel the apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity and gives you the book smarts you need but it also gives you experience in the real world, to find out if a career in accountancy is right for you,” she concluded.

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