Wednesday the 17th of August is a hugely important day in the lives of the tens of thousands of students who sat their Leaving Cert last June. Who can ever forget getting their Leaving Certificate results and the joy as you realised that you could pursue your dream career or the despair of not reaching the required CAO points?
With so much emphasis placed on the CAO and getting a place in college, the pressure on students is enormous. But students in Louth wishing to pursue a lucrative career as a professional accountant don’t have to depend on four years in college or CAO points to qualify in their dream job.
Committed and ambitious students can now start training immediately towards the first stage of their professional accountancy studies with the CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship, a one year school leaver programme which is also open to mature students. Central to the programme is a three month work placement from June – August in an accountancy practice or a business related organisation giving students the opportunity to gain applied practical experience in the world of accounting and business.
This new course in professional accounting education was developed by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland) one of the leading professional bodies for accountants in Ireland, in partnership with Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) and Cenit College.
The course will run in LMETB’s Training Centre in Dundalk with lectures delivered by experienced lecturers from Cenit College, a CPA gold star approved educator. The academic element of this programme incorporates CPA approved professional tuition for the first level of the CPA qualification leading to a Certificate in Business and Accounting on completion.
This one year course is fully funded to support students who cannot afford the cost of fulltime education at college or university.
There is no requirement to have studied accountancy for the Leaving Certificate. Students will be eligible for this programme on attainment of specific Leaving Certificate requirements (applicable if under the age of 23), an interview and aptitude test to ensure that they possess the aptitude and suitability for the CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship.
Peter Egan, Area Training Manager, Louth and Meath Education and Training Board said, “Many students are now acutely aware of the financial burden which attending a college course can place on both themselves and their families. We are seeking to address that need by providing committed and ambitious students with a fully funded course. This is not just another bookkeeping or business course, but a programme which provides suitable candidates with the first step towards becoming a fully qualified professional accountant. The CPA qualification is internationally renowned and is a passport to a job anywhere in the world.”
Gail McEvoy, Managing Director, McEvoy Craig accountants Drogheda and a former CPA President explains how CPA Ireland is expanding the options open to those who opt for the world of work over college by offering a more experiential model of training with this programme. “Historically training in accountancy was conducted through a combination of study and work placement, and we are moving back towards that model. On completion of the one year programme, and three month work placement, students can progress to further accounting studies with CPA Ireland on a part-time basis in order to complete their professional accountancy qualification. One of the great benefits of studying to become a qualified CPA accountant is that you can do so while continuing to work fulltime and earn an income.”
Vaeni MacDonnell, Managing Director of Cenit College, which will deliver the programme said, “There is a great demand for professionally qualified accountants and it is a very rewarding career. As one of the largest training providers nationwide to various ETBs we consider that the CPA offering is a compelling qualification with strong career prospects both nationally and internationally. Through our engagements with LMETB and CPA Ireland we are delighted to offer this opportunity to students.”
Information sessions will be held on 23rd August in Dundalk