ATI announces top Limerick students

· Increasing numbers of applications for Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification
· Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification offers graduates increased employment opportunities

Accounting Technicians Ireland, the leading professional body for accounting technicians in Ireland, today announced the national results of its 2010 annual examinations. Students from Limerick performed strongly in this year’s national rankings, with Sharon McGrath, of Castletroy, and Lisa Bennett, of Newvcastlewest, being placed among the top 10 students in the country.

Accounting Technicians Ireland has seen the number of students taking its qualification increase considerably over the last six years, averaging an annual intake of over 2,000 students. The organisation currently has over 6,000 students and its syllabus is taught in over 80 colleges nation-wide. In Limerick, new students are being enrolled in Griffith College Limerick and in the Limerick College of Further Education.

Gay Sheehan, Chief Executive, Accounting Technicians Ireland, said: “Now, more than ever, businesses of all sizes are reliant on people skilled in accounting and finance. Accounting technicians are qualified to carry out a wide range of accounting functions and the demand for their skills has grown significantly in recent years”.

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“We are delighted that students from Limerick performed so well in this year’s exams and we’re hoping that this number will increase in the coming years and beyond. A big factor in the increased uptake is the flexibility in course delivery. Students have the choice to study full-time, part-time or through distance learning and do not need to apply through the CAO. It also offers a fast track route to a professional accounting qualification as graduates can qualify in two years,” said Ms. Sheehan.

Students who apply for the Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification come from a diverse range of backgrounds, from established professionals to school leavers, to people looking to change career. Persons interested in finding out more about the qualification or in applying for courses can contact the organisation, Accounting Technicians Ireland, directly: www.Accounting