Employ an Apprentice

September 2020 Intake – Register to Recruit:

The Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship scheme is inviting employers interested in recruiting for September 2020 to get in contact as soon as possible to recruit.

Once registered with ATI employers will attain applications to review immediately.

Please contact Accounting Technicians Ireland on 01-6498191 or email for further information.


This is a modern and practical route to a career in accountancy where employers take on students on a two-year, work-based learning programme.

We source individuals interested in a career in accountancy, and you select the candidates who best fit your employment requirements.

College tuition is fully funded by the State. Employers just pay an apprentice the national minimum wage (€19,700 per annum) and three week’s paid study leave per year which includes exam dates.

Throughout the two years an apprentice will need to be assigned a workplace mentor to support them in their on the job training. The mentor will need to be a qualified professional accountant or accounting technician.

Join leading employers recruiting in industry, practice and the public sector to tap into a vast talent pool to diversify your workforce and ensure your organisation has a skilled body of staff that matches the accountancy and finance recruitment needs.

The application process for applicants is open so registered employers recruiting for this intake will attain applicants to review from October.

  • Employers can recruit from a high calibre of talent including leaving cert students, school-leavers, graduates and mature learners that are progressed to them from ATI.
  • There is also an option to update ATI about any existing employees you would like to upskill or if there is anyone in mind to complete the programme as well.

Grow and nuture talented participants with the potential to become versatile accounting technicians with wide ranging skills.

Register your Interest to Recruit!

“As one of the first participating employers, PKF has experienced first-hand the quality and calibre of the Apprentices joining the Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship programme. It is an excellent foundation to commence a lifelong and fulfilling career in accounting, or indeed business generally, and we would encourage all would be apprentices to get involved in the programme that offers the perfect blend of progressive education and invaluable workplace experience. We would also highly recommend the Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship programme to all businesses as a great way to attract or retain talented professionals in their organisations.”

Dave McGarry – Audit Partner – PKF

Watch Sophie’s story:

When she finished her Leaving Certificate, Accounting Technician Apprentice Sophie Ellis got a job with Grant Thornton, a leading professional services company.

Watch this video to find out why she decided to apply, how she got the job and how she’s getting on!

Important Information for Employers:

If you’d like to become a registered employer please read all of the following documentation:

  1. Role of Workplace Mentor
  2. ‘On-the-Job’ Requirements
  3. The SOLAS Apprenticeship Process
  4. Recruitment Process 2020

Employer Registration Process:

  • New employers who wish to participate as an employer for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Programme for September 2020 intake must Register your Interest to Recruit! Please tick the employer box, add all relevant details and be sure to ‘Opt In’ to receiving communications.

  • The ATI Apprenticeship Team will follow up directly to invite the employer to an information session, arrange a call or visit in order to advise further about the programme and outline the recruitment process and next steps.

  • Following this, the ATI Apprenticeship Team will send the employer a number of forms for completion, including the Suitability to Train Form, Mentor Credentials Form and ATI Memorandum of Understanding. (Employers will need to ensure they assign an apprentice a mentor who is a professional accountant or accounting technician.)

  • The ATI Apprenticeship Team reviews the information provided by the employer, and follow up with a scheduled telephone call to further assess their suitability to train.

  • After the telephone discussion the ATI Apprenticeship Team will decide whether the employer should be recommended to SOLAS for approval to arrange a statutory visit for inclusion as a national Apprenticeship Employer. The employer will be notified of this decision.

  • Only employers who have been recommended to SOLAS receive applications to consider for interview and employment as an apprentice, and the programme then commences in September.

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