Twenty new jobs are on the way to Waterford through the National Accounting Technician apprenticeship.
The scheme will see students work four days a week with a local employer and study one day a week at Waterford College of Further Education.
It’s open to Leaving Cert and mature students and apprentices will earn at least €18,000 a year.
“We are acutely aware of a skills shortage in the area of professional services, so a programme of this nature is most welcome,” said Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan.
“It is a great way to nurture our own talent and showcases Waterford as a vibrant city where you can develop and progress your career.
“The quality of life on offer in Waterford and the South East region is our defining feature, making it a great place to live, work and do business.”
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 in both college and the workplace, participants can quickly grasp the concepts they learn in college and then master them in the workplace day to day.
“WCFE are delighted to be delivering the apprenticeship programme next September as it provides our students with an excellent opportunity to combine part time study and full time work in accounting, leading to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting,” said Gerard Morgan, Principal at Waterford College.
Apprentices can work in all sectors of the economy, with organisations ranging from large accountancy firms to SMEs and the public sector.
“We are delighted to welcome Waterford College as a collaborating partner college on the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship,” said Gillian Doherty, Chief Operations Officer at Accounting Technicians Ireland.
The practical nature of the programme, the salary and the fully-funded fees make the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship particularly appealing to students who prefer learning by experience to full-time college education.
“When they complete the programme, they will be fully-qualified Accounting Technicians with two years of work experience, the MIATI designation and a range of employment and further study options ahead,” said Ms Doherty.
Waterford College’s participation in the programme brings the number of apprenticeships on offer through Accounting Technicians Ireland to 160 nationwide.
Full details are available here