SA ‘has jobs for good, qualified bookkeepers’

2016-02-17 06:00

HAVE you just finished school and want a career that is in demand?

Or are you currently employed with little time but lots of ambition?

Are you on a mission to study intensively and qualify this year?

If so, maybe you should consider doing a course via the Institute for Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

Become a bookkeeper by studying full or part time at the Boston City Campus this year.

Kerry Damons of Boston City Campus & Business College points out that bookkeeping is one of the ten top priority scarce skills according to Fasset (Fasset Z Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services of Seta Z the Sector Education and Training Authority).

“This means that there are jobs out there for good, qualified bookkeepers,” says Damons.

“In a sector skills plan update, Fasset states that bookkeeper vacancies exist because applicants generally lack the skills, formal qualification and experience that employers require. It follows that those who invest in accredited bookkeeping courses are likely to find excellent work positions that offer good pay and good career prospects.”

How do you become a qualified bookkeeper?

You can enroll for ICB qualifications at any of Boston City Campus & Business College’s campuses nationwide.

As an accredited training provider, Boston offers ICB national diplomas (certified financial accountant, certified technical financial accountant and technical public accountant) as well as national certificates (public accounts administrator and certified junior bookkeeper) and a further education and training certificate in Bookkeeping (certified senior bookkeeper).

The wonderful thing about ICB bookkeeping courses is that they can be done full-time or part-time and offer flexibility that not many other courses can match.

Studying full time at a college is a popular option with most school leavers.

The young ones opt for this route because they are not working yet or tied down with too many commitments.

People that work but wish to improve their prospects and earning capacity usually enroll for part time studying at a college.

They find that attending classes after hours is a workable option to up-skill and get qualified.

If you cannot always make scheduled classes, you can choose a flexible study plan that suites your time availability.

This is the most flexible and affordable way to study, while still getting support from college.

Damons believes that bookkeeping is an excellent option for people of all ages and backgrounds.

“You can enter the bookkeeping field on different levels,” she explains.

“Whether you come straight out of school or whether you come from a work environment that is totally unrelated to bookkeeping, it doesn’t matter.

A training advisor can help you slot in at the level that suits you and then you take it from there.”

She cites the example of Stanley Grootboom.

In April 2012, Grootboom made a brave decision – he resigned from his job to register at Boston Business College Port Elizabeth for the ICB certified technical financial accounting national diploma.

Under normal conditions, this is a two-year qualification.

But Stanley calculated the cost of being unemployed – knowing that the sooner he got back to employment, the better – and completed his course within a year.

Besides doing it in less time, he also achieved great results in his studies, averaging 88% overall.

Grootboom was awarded the best student award at the graduation ceremony of Boston City Campus & Business College Port Elizabeth.

“Remember also that you can start with an entry-level course and climb up to more advanced qualifications when it suits you and your budget,” Damons adds.

“There isn’t much more that you can ask for – affordable studies, flexible study-time, entrance requirements that are dependent on your course of choice, opportunity to move to more advanced course, and excellent prospects in terms of career and income. Studying bookkeeping certainly has lots going for it.”

For more info, visit us at Boston City Campus & Business College Bloemfontein or call 051-447-5700 or alternatively visit www.boston.co.za.

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