20 new jobs as Rathmines College rolls out the first national apprenticeship in accountancy
Rathmines College of Further Education 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, under the mentorship of a qualified accountant or accounting technician. They get paid at least €17,797 a year and tuition costs are covered by SOLAS.
The initiative is part of the State’s expansion of the apprenticeship model into new fields, and organisations in industry, practice and the public sector have welcomed the opportunity to bring Accounting Technician Apprentices into their workforce as part of “Generation Apprenticeship”.
Leaving Cert students, mature learners and existing employees who want to work in accountancy are welcome to apply for the programme, where they will work four days a week with a local employer and study one day a week at Rathmines College.
“We are delighted to work with Rathmines College as a collaborating partner college on the new National Accounting Technician Apprenticeship,” says Gillian Doherty, Chief Operations Officer at ATI.
“The practical nature of the programme, the salary and the fully funded fees make the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship particularly appealing to Leaving Certificate students who prefer learning by experience to full-time college education.
“When they complete the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship, they will have a strong, in-demand accountancy qualification, two years of solid work experience and the opportunity to progress to further education in accountancy or business and finance,” says Ms Doherty.
The programme provides a real alternative for Leaving Cert students who prefer practical training to a full-time college course. It is also an attractive option for existing employees and mature learners who would like a career in accounting.
The academic side of the programme gives participants a solid grounding in critical accounting theory such as financial accounting, taxation, law and ethics as well as wider business know-how such as management. With mentorship on both the college and workplace side of the programme, participants can quickly grasp the concepts they learn in college and then master them in the workplace day to day.