A north Dublin training centre has received a prestigious award from Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) after three of its students placed in the top ten nationally in the recent ATI exams. The centre was honoured for providing top-class pathways and opportunities for its students, in a jobs market that grew by 11% last year.

Baldoyle Training Centre was presented with ATI’s Centre of Excellence Award 2017, in a special ceremony at the North Dublin venue last Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Three top-performing students at the Centre also received awards to mark their achievements in recent ATI exams after placing in the top ten nationally. Suqin Lin came joint first in Ireland, while Rebecca Ni Fhearghail and Magalena Conaghan came fifth and eighth respectively. The Centre of Excellence Award recognises the training centre’s success in opening up new career paths for local learners through the delivery of ATI’s in-demand accounting qualification.

Baldoyle Training Centre is one of 70 Approved Partner Colleges offering ATI’s Certificate and Diploma for Accounting Technicians, and the award pays tribute to the excellent standard of facilities and teaching at the centre. “DDLETB (Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board) Training Centre were delighted to honour Suqin Lin, Magdalena Conaghan and Rebecca Ni Fhearghail for their wonderful success in the recent ATI exams,” said Ken Seery, Training Centre Manager. “The ATI exams have and will prepare them for a very successful career in accounting.

“Baldoyle Training Centre are delighted to work with ATI and our providers and hope to continue our excellent partnership.” ATI, the leading professional body for accounting technicians, provides training and education opportunities for 10,000 students and members across Ireland, and its programmes gives graduates the skills to find jobs in a fast-growing field. “There was an 11% increase in demand for accounting technicians in 2016,” said ATI COO Gillian Doherty. “More and more employers are filling their accounts departments with our graduates, who have the skills and experience to take up all kinds of finance jobs in industry, practice and the public sector. “Baldoyle Training Centre has long been providing new pathways to work for jobseekers in a range of different fields, including accountancy, and we are thrilled to see Suqin, Magdalena and Rebecca come through with such excellent results.

“This Centre of Excellence Award recognises Baldoyle Training Centre’s sterling work in providing new opportunities to local jobseekers who now have a world of opportunity open to them in business and finance. “I look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come and I wish all three every success as they work toward becoming fully-fledged members of our Community of Practice.” ATI’s Diploma for Accounting Technicians is the cornerstone qualification in accountancy. Graduates enjoy exemptions from the full range of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland, CPA, ACCA, CIMA and IIPA, and can also progress to degree courses with higher education institutes.