The programme, which is also being launched at events in Cork and Dublin as part of Chartered Accountants Ireland’s annual school engagement, is designed to help build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of accounting and will give students an understanding of what it’s like to be a professional accountant.
Recent independent research highlighted concern among accounting teachers that the new Junior Cert Business Studies syllabus does not adequately prepare students for Senior Cycle Accounting. This is despite the growing popularity of the subject at Leaving Cert level with almost one in every seven students now choosing accounting in Senior Cycle.
Boot Camp solves this problem by providing an easily accessible online programme that teachers can run in their classrooms. Students who join Boot Camp can also take part in the Boot Camp Challenge, a national competition which gives students a chance to test their business smarts in a real-life business simulation. The regional and national winners of the challenge will be honoured at a special ceremony at Chartered Accountants House in May 2020.
Brian Feighan, FCA founder of online learning portal, ProTutor and the creator of Boot Camp, said: “Digital learning is fast becoming an essential part of the student experience in second level. Practical subjects such as accounting are a perfect fit for this trend. Under the guidance of their teachers, Boot Camp will help students master the fundamentals of accounting and develop their understanding of how to use financial information to make smart business decisions.
We hope that Boot Camp will set the next generation of business leaders on their paths to success.”
The Boot Camp programme is now open and further information can be found at chartered-bootcamp.com