Cavan students urged to consider new learning

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Accounting Technicians Ireland says over 100 jobs will be created.

Cavan students are encouraged to consider an accounting apprenticeship program that will create 140 jobs nationwide this year.

Applications are now open for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship in Ireland (ATI) – based at colleges in Monaghan, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wicklow. Locally, courses will be offered by CMETB and the Monaghan Institute.

There is nationwide pressure to encourage students to choose learning options, especially as some students may feel pressured to enter higher education full-time.

The ATI Apprenticeship is a two-year funded work-based learning program in which apprentices work, learn and earn at least €21,060 per year.

Large companies and small practices across the country have taken part in the program.

Katie Mikulan, 23, a Dublin-based ATI graduate who initially went to school before deciding to start an apprenticeship in 2020, said it was the best decision she had ever made.

“I started a degree in accounting and finance after my school leaving certificate, but university was not what I expected; I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought and left after a year and a half,” said Katie, from Skerries, north Dublin.

“University can be expensive, but a funded apprenticeship program is a great alternative. Starting the ATI apprenticeship was the best decision I have ever made. I wish I had started earlier.

After leaving university and working as a customer assistant at Tesco and a beauty consultant at Boots, Katie chose to pursue a career in accountancy after taking on an account manager role at Clarins and earning a certificate in accountancy.

She completed her two-year apprenticeship with Grant Thornton, where she worked in the international business tax team while studying part-time at the ATI Academy, located at the Institute’s headquarters at Chartered Accountants House on Pearse Street in Dublin.

Gabriela Airini, head of education at ATI, said apprenticeships allow employers to recruit and develop their staff cost-effectively, as training costs are covered by the state agency SOLAS.

“The Accounting Technician apprenticeship continues to contribute to job creation and business growth in Ireland with over 612 jobs created since the program was launched in 2017,” she said.

“Graduates earn a QQI Level 6 Advanced Professional Certificate in Accounting and have acquired the skills to work in a range of accounting and finance roles across all industries.

“Every year more employers are signing up and we are now partnering with over 331 employers across 22 industries.”

School graduates, Leaving Certificate students, career changers and adult learners can all apply through Accounting Technicians Ireland.

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