Applications are now open for the Accounting Technicians Ireland apprenticeship. This is a funded, work-based learning programme in which locally placed apprentices earn at least €19,890 a year, based in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Monaghan, Waterford and Wicklow.

Accounting Technicians Ireland apprentice Rosario Rowe (47) was a full-time homemaker looking to return to the workplace before discovering the programme. Now Rosario is in her second year of an apprenticeship in the finance department of the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI).

“I love it. The Accounting Technicians Ireland apprenticeship caters for everybody,” she says. “It is a wonderful programme, with great resources which help you study while working.

“I earn while I learn, and the programme helped me build up my professional network.”

This is the third year of the NGI’s participation in the programme, and according to Mary Leane, head of finance at NGI, this apprenticeship works for both the younger and more mature student. “There are many reasons why someone may not have completed formal training earlier in their career, and the apprenticeship provides an opportunity to progress into new roles and areas.”

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