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Monaghan schools and firms learn of Apprenticeship “Practical Benefits”

Earn as you learn on an innovative and practical route to a career in accountancy

John Kearney, Education Officer with Cavan/Monaghan ETB, has told Northern Sound listeners of the “practical benefits” offered by the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship. Mr Kearney was speaking this week, ahead of Accounting Technicians Ireland’s Employer and Student/Parent briefings in Monaghan Institute.

Accounting Technicians Ireland responded to calls for new, professional apprenticeships last year, and “the ETB will be working together with a number of other ETBs around the country and Accounting Technicians Ireland” on rolling out this new and innovative accountancy apprenticeship this September, Mr Kearney told listeners to the show.

These submission calls were in response to “a gap in the market in terms of the National Skills Strategy and in line with economic developments on a national and European level”, Mr Kearney said, adding that “the apprenticeship model is well-respected internationally”.

Viable alternative

Interested Students alongside Career Guidance Counsellors and CMETB Training Services Staff and ATI Representatives.

Interested Students alongside Career Guidance Counsellors and CMETB Training Services Staff and ATI Representatives.

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a new and viable alternative to the full-time college route for those interested in pursuing a career in professional accountancy. The course offers students a way to “earn while they learn”, as they will be working in an accounting role while studying in college one day a week.

The events took place at the Monaghan Institute on Tuesday last, with a lunchtime session for local employers and an evening talk for students and parents. The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, and is modelled on Accounting Technicians Ireland’s hugely successful Higher-Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy and Finance in the North.

Left to right: Gillian Doherty – ATI Rynagh Mc Nally – Monaghan Institute Michelle Meehan – Jim Mc Quaid & Associates John Kearney – Education officer CMETB Dr Cecilia Hegarty – Local Employment office Dermot Kyle – JP Bond & Company LTD Carole Mc Caughey - ATI Briege Quinn – LEO Monaghan Tom Ryan – Ryan & Company Suzanne Wright – Wright Quarry Products Rose Tierney – Tierney Tax Consultancy LTD From Left to Right Gillian Doherty (ATI), Rynagh Mc Nally (Monaghan Institute), Michelle Meehan (Jim Mc Quaid & Associates), John Kearney (Education Officer CMETB), Dr Cecilia Hegarty – Local Employment office, Dermot Kyle – JP Bond & Company LTD, Carole Mc Caughey – ATI, Briege Quinn – LEO Monaghan, Tom Ryan – Ryan & Company, Suzanne Wright – Wright Quarry Products, Rose Tierney – Tierney Tax Consultancy LTD

Left to right: Gillian Doherty – ATI Rynagh Mc Nally – Monaghan Institute Michelle Meehan – Jim Mc Quaid & Associates John Kearney – Education officer CMETB Dr Cecilia Hegarty – Local Employment office Dermot Kyle – JP Bond & Company LTD Carole Mc Caughey – ATI Briege Quinn – LEO Monaghan Tom Ryan – Ryan & Company Suzanne Wright – Wright Quarry Products Rose Tierney – Tierney Tax Consultancy LTD

Constructive Contribution

“There are many people out there who will benefit from practical learning. This gives the opportunity to employers working with new apprentices to make a very constructive contribution,” Mr Kearney told listeners on ‘The Wider View’.

The programme is fast-paced and designed to give participants an instant feel for the work place. Qualified Accounting Technicians can work in numerous sectors ranging from construction, IT, financial services and NGOs. Due to the continued growth in the economy, accounting technicians are in high demand.

Interested applicants for the Apprenticeship Programme should have a minimum of 300 points in the Leaving Certificate, including a pass grade in English and Maths at Ordinary level. Leaving Certificate accountancy is not a mandatory requirement.

Both employers and applicants can contact Accounting Technicians Ireland directly for more information or to get involved. Employers should contact Robert Cogill at rcogill@accountingtechniciansireland.ie or by phoning (01) 649 8127. Prospective students should contact Aoife Kennedy on akennedy@accountingtechniciansireland.ie or phone (01) 649 8126.

You can also download our information pack here.

– David Murphy