New accountancy apprenticeship to launch

Catherine Devine Higher Level Apprentice and Caoimhe Donaghy Senior Account Manager BDO
Catherine Devine Higher Level Apprentice and Caoimhe Donaghy Senior Account Manager BDO

A new Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) in Accountancy will launch in September after a successful pilot delivered by Belfast Met, in partnership with local employers, Southern Regional College and Account Technicians Ireland.

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 is equivalent to a Foundation Degree programme. As well as an internationally recognised qualification, apprentices will gain valuable work experience with a local accountancy practice and earn a regular salary. The current recruits are in their second year of the programme and are already reaping the benefits of learning the skills for a role in accountancy and securing full time paid employment in an accounts department.

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “The work that Belfast Met is undertaking with local accountancy firms is an excellent example of how our Further Education Colleges can work in partnership with local employers to deliver the skills they need.”