Accounting Technicians Ireland’s (ATI) new apprenticeship programme is expected create 70 positions across 60 companies when it is launched in the Republic of Ireland in September this year.

The apprenticeship programme, which sees students employed for two years while also attending classes in ATI partner colleges, was successfully launched in Northern Ireland last year.

It has brought significant benefits to the economy, employers, and, above all, young people, according to Betty McLaughlin, President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.   ATI aims to replicate this impact with the launch of its programme in the Republic.

The programme provides an alternative entrance route to starting a career in the accountancy and finance profession. Successful participants of the programme will gain an internationally recognised qualification – the Diploma for Accounting Technicians (MIATI) from Accounting Technicians Ireland – which is a Level 5 qualification (QCF) and equivalent to a Foundation Degree programme.

In the Republic of Ireland, ATI has already agreed to partner with Education Training Boards in Cork, Monaghan-Cavan, City of Dublin, Dublin/Dun Laoghaire, and Kildare-Wicklow to deliver the apprenticeship.