An accountancy apprenticeship programme is to create 140 jobs in Ireland this year.
pplications are now open for the Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) apprenticeship – based in colleges in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Monaghan, Waterford and Wicklow.
The ATI apprenticeship is a funded, two-year, work-based learning programme in which apprentices work, learn and earn.
Dublin-based ATI graduate Katie Mikulan (23) initially pursued a degree before deciding to begin the apprenticeship in 2020.
She said: “I began an accounting and finance degree after my Leaving Certificate, but university was not what I expected; I did not enjoy it as much as I thought and left after a year and a half.
“College can be expensive, but a funded apprenticeship programme is a great alternative.
“I would recommend the apprenticeship if you are unsure about full-time third-level education. It also offers exemptions for many of the top professional accounting bodies if you wish to go on to become a fully qualified accountant.”
Ms Mikulan now works as a tax operations officer with Citibank and hopes to become a fully qualified tax adviser with the Irish Tax Institute.
School leavers, Leaving Certificate students, career changers and mature learners can apply through Accounting Technicians Ireland.