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Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

Introduction

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Progamme in Dublin

 

Accounting Technicians Ireland are now accepting applications for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Programme 2020/2021.

Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week and attend classes at Blackrock Further Education Institute (BFEI), located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin one day a week. 

Accounting Technicians Ireland is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians on the Island of Ireland. With offices in Dublin and Belfast, and strong links with other professional bodies such as Chartered Accountants Ireland, the organisation supplies high-calibre Accounting Technician graduates to industry, practice and the public sector. Many progress to the highest levels in their field.

Accounting Technicians Ireland launched the first Apprenticeship Council-approved Accountancy Apprenticeship in the Republic of Ireland in September 2016. The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship aims to provide young school-leavers and employees with a fast-track path to a career in accounting, which blends solid work experience with quality academic tuition.

Apprentices graduate as fully qualified Accounting Technicians, with the opportunity to progress to Level 9 studies with Chartered Accountants Ireland after just two years.

Key Facts

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a two-year, work-based programme that enables the participant to earn while they learn.

  • It is a new route to a career in professional accountancy for those who prefer practical training to a full-time college course.
     
  • It also provides new options for employees who wish to work in a finance role.
     
  • Apprentices graduate with the Diploma for Accounting Technicians, a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.
     
  • Apprentices get paid at least €18,000 a year and pay no tuition or exam fees.
     
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 31st October in the year of entry.
     
  • Applicants must have an O5 grade in Leaving Certificate English and Maths or Accounting at Ordinary Level to be considered for the apprenticeship. Leaving Certificate Accountancy is not a requirement.
     
  • Apprentices commence with a two-year work contract, with salary paid by the employer. It is at the employer’s discretion to enhance the entry criteria for selection.
     
  • Apprentices work at their employer’s office four days a week and attend classes at BFEI one day a week.
     
  • Apprentices earn the standard industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.
     
  • Progress is monitored by mentors in both the workplace and the college.
     
  • The apprenticeship caters to a growing trend among businesses looking to school-leavers to meet an increase in activity.
     
  • Apprentices who successfully complete the programme may be eligible to progress to Chartered Accountants Ireland.

 

  • Potential applicants may check if they meet the minimum academic requirements and other applicable entry criteria here.


For further details please see http://accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie/ and the Application Information Pack.

Apply on-line at https://sourcecrm.accountingtechniciansireland.ie/#/apprenticeship and nominate BFEI as your college-based Tuition Centre. 

Career Opportunities

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
  • Tax Returns

Course Structure

Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week and attend classes at Blackrock Further Education Institute one day a week. They are also given three weeks’ study leave each year. The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship course incorporates:

  • On-the-job’ training combined with college tuition.
  • Students ‘earn as they learn’, taking home the full-time industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.
  • Large and small accountancy practices, service firms and industry employers are taking on school leavers as apprentices.
Core Elements
  • Year 1
  • Financial Accounting
  • Law and Ethics
  • Business Management
  • Taxation
  • Year 2
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Integrated Accounting Systems (IAS)
  • Management Accounting
  • Course Code

  • Year 1 ATAP1, Year 2 ATAP2
  • Duration

  • 2 Years
  • Timetable

  • 1 Day College Based and 4 Days Work Based
Testimonial

As a mature student, I was looking into routes that enabled me to study while working, when I came upon the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Programme (ATA). This involves attending lectures one day a week and working as an apprentice in industry for the rest of the week. I cannot recommend the ATA course at BFEI enough! It is very well structured with a range of interesting subjects. Class sizes are small and intimate, which makes it easier to ask questions than in large impersonal lecture halls. All my lecturers were extremely friendly, approachable and experienced in their respective fields. The facilities at BFEI are top-class and the location is superb. Situated in the heart of Blackrock, BFEI is easily accessible via DART or bus. I found that the technical knowledge and skills learned in College, and the invaluable insights, and practical experience in the work environment complemented each other perfectly. There is a great support network in place, with each student assigned a workplace mentor and a college mentor. The course is intensive and requires commitment and for me, the hard work paid off and I qualified as an Accounting Technician in just 2 years. I decided to continue and sit my Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) exams. As an Accounting Technician Graduate, I’m exempt from 3 out of the 5 Chartered Accounting Proficiency 1 exams. I’m certain that the skills learned at BFEI, including balancing my time between lectures, work and study, will be beneficial to me in my future studies. The ATA laid down the important foundations which I intend to use and build upon over the coming years.

- Laura Cullen, Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Graduate, 2019 -

Assessment and certification

Examinations take place in May.

 

On successful completion of the Apprenticeship programme, trainees with be awarded a Diploma for Accounting Technicians certified by Accounting Technicians Ireland.

Progression

Graduates from the Apprenticeship Programme can progress to higher professional accounting qualifications including ACA, ACCA, CIMA, and CPA.

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 on-the-job apprenticeship route, they have the opportunity to become fully qualified Chartered Accountants in just five years.

Career

As a graduate of this programme, you can pursue careers in a range of areas across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment. Accounting Technicians perform a wide range of roles including:
• Bookkeeping
• Financial Accounting & Budgeting
• Costing & Credit Control
• Payroll Administration
• Tax Returns

Entry Requirements

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.

 

For Leaving Certificate students 2017 and after, 310 CAO points and at least an O5 grade in English and Maths or Accountancy.

For those who sat the Leaving Certificate on or before 2016, 300 CAO points and a D3 in Ordinary Level English and Maths or Accountancy.  

Mature Learners (23 years and above) are also eligible to apply.  If you did not complete your Leaving Cert, but have a QQI Level 5 qualification, you are also eligible to apply.

You may be eligible for subject exemptions for previously attained relevant qualifications at the discretion of the ATI.

See full eligibility requirements at www.accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie

Fees

As part of this government initiative a commitment has been made to fund all trainees accepted to the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship programme, this includes:

  • BFEI Acceptance Fee
  • ATI Student Registration Fees
  • All Tuition Fees
  • Exam Fees
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