MYOB provides free education and work placement opportunities to prospective bookkeepers facing barriers to employment.
17 Jul 2018
MYOB has today announced its latest initiative I CAN with MYOB, a program that provides free training and employment support to eight Victorians who have experienced barriers to education and/or employment. The program is a collaboration with Infoxchange, the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and Monarch Institute, with the latest group of trainees commencing this week.
Each participant is provided with a laptop, so they can study online, and over 12 months will complete a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping through the Monarch Institute. Study is flexible, and the timing can be modified depending on each individuals’ circumstances and learning style.
Helping a diverse group of job seekers
Simon Dennis, Head of Partnerships at MYOB, has been involved with I CAN with MYOB since its inception in 2017.
“At MYOB we’re passionate about helping businesses succeed, and helping people get into business – some of whom have faced significant barriers,” Mr. Dennis said.
“We aim to help a broad cross section of people through I CAN with MYOB, and we’re thrilled to have our next group starting today.
“We have people commencing who are refugees, who have been unemployed for a long period of time, with health issues, or simply without enough education to get a start in their chosen career,” Mr. Dennis said.
A rounded program to support a motivated group
In addition to their Certificate IV, the participants also receive employment support, work placement opportunities, mentoring from industry professionals, work readiness support, special invitations to industry conferences and membership to the Association of Accounting Technicians Australia.
Sally Harris, who joined the I CAN with MYOB pilot program last year, is the first to graduate in Certificate IV Accounting and Bookkeeping. After leaving her job twelve years ago to move interstate and raise her children, Sally struggled to get back into the workforce. Particularly as she had developed mobility issues resulting in an ongoing disability. She applied for I CAN with MYOB in the hope a qualification would assist her employment opportunities.
“Now that I’ve handed in my final assignment, I’m feeling much more confident to put myself out there and I know I have the capacity to be an asset to a business,” Ms. Harris said.
While there have been some challenging moments, Ms. Harris has found the opportunity to be of great value.
“You can be given many gifts in life but they often run out and become short lived. This program if you allow it, can set you up for life.”
The current group of trainees participating in I CAN with MYOB commence with an induction day at AAT on Tuesday 17th July. For more information please see: https://www.infoxchange.org/au/icanwithMYOB
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