Accounting apprenticeship program to create 140 jobs

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An accounting apprenticeship program will create 140 jobs in Ireland this year.

Applications are now open for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship in Ireland (ATI) – based at colleges in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Monaghan, Waterford and Wicklow.

ATI Apprenticeship is a funded, two-year work-based learning program where apprentices work, learn and earn.

Dublin-based ATI graduate Katie Mikulan, 23, first graduated before deciding to start an apprenticeship in 2020.

She said: “I started a degree in accounting and finance after my school leaving certificate, but university was not what I expected; I didn’t like it as much as I thought and left after a year and a half.

“University can be expensive, but a funded apprenticeship program is a great alternative.

“I would recommend apprenticeship if you are unsure about full-time higher education. It also offers exemptions for many of the major professional accounting bodies if you want to become a fully qualified accountant.

Ms Mikulan now works as a tax operations manager at Citibank and hopes to become a fully qualified tax adviser with the Irish Tax Institute.

Young school leavers, Leaving Certificate students, career changers and adult learners can apply through Accounting Technicians Ireland.

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