Apprentices will spend four days working and one day in college
Some 100 new jobs are to be created in Ireland's first-ever accountancy apprenticeship programme.
Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) say the fast-track programme will address a 66% increase in demand for accounting technicians last year.
Major accountancy firms throughout Ireland are offering both school leavers and mature students the chance to 'earn as they learn' in an inaugural apprenticeship - which will be at first based in colleges in Cork, Dublin, Monaghan and Wicklow.
Firms such as EY, Grant Thornton and BDO as well as smaller practices have come on board the specialised programme.
Successful apprentices will spend four days working with the employer and one day in college during the two-year course, which begins in September.
The graduates can then continue their studies to become a fully-qualified Chartered Accountant.
ATI is introducing the programme here after two successful years in Northern Ireland.
They are holding an Open Day in Dublin at their Dublin offices - Chartered Accountants House on Pearse Street on Wednesday June 29th from 3.00pm.
"This is the only apprenticeship council approved programme of its kind in the Republic of Ireland," says Richard Mullins, ATI’s marketing and digital media manager.
"ATI is currently affiliated with 70 college locations across Ireland and hopes to further roll out this programme in other counties in future years."