The program aims to help newcomers into the industry and could make it easier for businesses to find staff with MYOB skills.
Accounting software provider MYOB has launched a 12-month bookkeeping course in partnership with not-for-profit Infoxchange and business training organisation, the Monarch Institute.
Dubbed I CAN with MYOB, the program aims to help people into the bookkeeping industry, particularly mature jobseekers, parents returning to work, and people who have suffered disadvantage and difficulty gaining training or employment.
Increasing the supply of bookkeepers could make it easier for small businesses to find skilled help, and might even result in lower fees providing increased demand doesn't outstrip the increased supply.
“The I CAN with MYOB program is a really exciting initiative as it opens the doors for people who may not have previously had the chance to pursue a career in this industry,” said MYOB head of partnerships Simon Dennis. “We have people ranging from their mid-20s right through to their 60s, and from a range of cultural backgrounds.”
Monarch Institute is one of Australia’s leading providers of bookkeeping and accounting qualifications, according to COO Nick Chapman. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with MYOB and Infoxchange, who are also industry leaders in their respective spaces, to deliver life-changing outcomes for the candidates as they begin their journeys into the bookkeeping space,” he said.
The program includes student membership of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. ICB members are volunteering to mentor participants.
Although the program nominally takes 12 months, contact hours can be varied to suit the participant’s circumstances and learning style.
I CAN with MYOB is funded by the Victorian Government Skills First training system and MYOB - participants only pay for travel to and from workshops, a MYOB spokesperson told Business IT.