Our Finance HLA Programme offers young people the opportunity to earn a fully funded, recognised qualification in Accounting with one of Ireland’s leading manufacturing companies.
On successful completion of the Technician Course, you can become an Affiliate member of Accounting Technicians Ireland and then you can progress to do your professional accountancy exams, which entails a full 3 year Chartered Certified Accountancy qualification as part of the HLA programme. So, you can become a fully qualified accountant within 5 years, having gained the relevant practical experience at no cost to you. In fact, you will also get paid throughout the duration of the programme, enabling you to secure globally recognised qualifications with no student debt!
Apprentices will earn a salary and be mentored by highly experienced accounting professionals throughout the duration of the programme, gaining a wealth of industry experience and developing relevant skills through the blended learning programme.
Whilst working in our busy Finance department, you will gain hands on experience of some of the most essential accountancy responsibilities and benefit from working with one of the largest and most diverse organisations in the region.
Liaising with all areas of the business to track and record all supplier invoices, purchase orders and goods received notes to effectively maintain the company’s creditors ledger.
Acting as a point of contact for suppliers to ensure smooth transactions, HMRC & Irish Revenue notifications and maintain supplier creditor reconciliations.
Liaising with customers to ensure smooth payments and deal with invoice queries, running credit risk reports and setting up of credit limits for new customer accounts, reconciling all received payments.
Working with all areas of the business to compile a range of business sales reports, using effective analysis to identify opportunities and working with sales managers to implement pricing changes.
As part of the Programme, you will be enrolled in the Accounting Technicians Ireland Level 5 Diploma for Accounting Technicians (ATI) at South West College’s Omagh campus. This part-time Higher Level Apprenticeship is run over two years, and you will spend 1 day per week in South West College and the remaining 4 days putting your learnings into practice in our Finance department.
You will gain a solid grounding in business and a strong foundation in accountancy and taxation, together with an introduction to business and company law, while also developing relevant practical skills in using electronic accounting systems.
More information on this Degree Apprenticeship Course can be found here.
Yes – You will earn a base starting salary with the opportunity to earn up to an additional 10% bonus. Your salary will be reviewed and incremented based on your performance throughout the programme.
No – The Department of Economy pays the full cost of the course fees based on full class attendance and successful completion and pass of all modules each semester.
Apprentices will attend work 5 days per week when they are not scheduled to attend College. Working hours are Monday – Friday 8.00am to 4.45pm with paid leave (as applicable) to attend class.
On commencement of the programme, the work activity in Mannok will, where possible, mirror the course content being delivered each semester. The hands on experience you will obtain will vary from Credit Control, Purchase Ledger with progression to management accounts
Your main place of work will be the Mannok Administration Offices located beside the main manufacturing facilities in Derrylin. Central services for the company such as IT, Marketing and Human Resources are located here. From time to time, site visits may be required to the manufacturing plants which are all located within a 2-mile radius of the offices.
Yes – As with any other employee, Apprentices will be entitled to 30 days annual leave per annum pro rate inclusive of bank holidays.
On successful completion of the course, you will have the option to progress to become a fully qualified accountant by completing your professional accountancy exams, which entails a full 3 year Chartered Certified Accountancy qualification.
One of the requirements to access funding from the department of economy is the successful completion of the HLA programme. Failure to do this may result in all fees being paid back by the Apprentice.
Entry requirements for the course are set by South West College, they are as follows: A minimum of Grade B Maths and C English at GCSE / 96 UCAS Points. Mature learners who have reached over 23 years old but do not possess the minimum educational requirements can apply based on experience and recommendation from an employer.
Each apprentice will be assigned a dedicated mentor who will track their progress and guide them throughout the programme. You will also be supported by other team members and your line manager.