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Goals

Actions

Outcomes

To reimagine the education experience to make it more relevant to today’s profession.

This process should include consideration of all aspects of education, including the assurance of quality and the modes of delivery. Matters to be considered might include, but would not be limited to:

  • Flexibility and options for students in delivery of education, including semesterisation, distance learning, local courses and delivery of education in full-time blocks before exams
  • How to harness technology and mix it with more traditional approaches while maintaining the facility for students to build professional relationships with each other
  • Multiple exam sittings each year with supporting education delivery
  • A review of education delivery, including the appropriateness of alternative delivery models such as outsourcing, partnering, the employment of full-time teaching staff and the extension of education delivery to other markets (if such an extension results in better educational outcomes overall)
  • Our competence in quality assurance of education
  • The appropriateness of the examination exemptions system
  • Providing more modular study options, for example to allow career breaks
  • Ensuring that adequate internal resources and structures are in place to deliver the outcomes required
  • Improving student engagement with the education programme
  • Taskforce of Chartered Accountants Ireland and stakeholders, chaired by a Council member, to be established in summer 2015 and to report recommendations by Q1 2016.
  • Resource planning to be completed in Q2 2016.
  • Approval of concrete actions by Council by Q3 2016.
  • Implementation programme commences in full in Q4 2016.
  • Increased flexibility and options available in the delivery of education and in exam sittings.
  • Enhancement of the syllabus and a focus on quality of delivery and exam outcomes.
  • Transparency in exam processes.
  • Delivery of education and exams seen to meet the needs of both students and training organisations.
  • Increase in the percentage of top graduates from the top degree courses entering the profession.
  • Increased confidence that the model is fit for purpose.

To reimagine the training experience received by students in training organisations to ensure that it is relevant and appropriate for today’s Chartered Accountants, the organisations in which our students train, and the students joining our profession.

This is a fundamental review of the practical training that is the unique feature of what makes a Chartered Accountant. This should be conducted in partnership between Chartered Accountants Ireland and the existing training organisations. It should be integrated with the work to re-imagine the education experience for students, but kept separate enough to ensure that both training and education receive equal attention and resources. It should also include specific modules on training in business and in the public service.

Continue to align training outcomes with core competencies for the sustainability of the profession.

  • Taskforce of Chartered Accountants Ireland and stakeholders, chaired by a Council member, to be established in summer 2015 and to report recommendations by Q1 2016.
  • Resource planning to be completed in Q2 2016.
  • Approval of concrete actions by Council by Q3 2016.
  • Implementation programme commences in full in Q4 2016.
  • A training experience that is fit for purpose for all students training to be Chartered Accountants.
  • Increased level of advocacy across students resulting in an increase in the percentage of top graduates from the top degree courses entering the profession.
  • A measurable and reliable standard for professional experience across diverse training environments.

To expand entry routes into the qualification to ensure a varied and diverse profession.

The focus here will be on business, public sector and non-traditional training routes in the professional firms.

This will include removing the emphasis on graduate-only entry into the profession and the introduction of a secondary school leaver route to becoming a Chartered Accountant to ensure a socially diverse profession.

  • Taskforce to be established to consider options. It can use the work done by the other taskforces on enhancing the education and training experiences for students. It should report by Q4 2017, for immediate implementation thereafter.
  • Implementation of a dedicated schoolleaver route to qualification.
  • Multiple education entry routes.
  • Increasingly diverse student base.
  • Improved spread of training organisations.