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Teens learn how firms 'Keep books'.

TWO teenage apprentices have signed up to take the North East's first apprenticeship for bookkeepers.

Team Valley-based Access Training is offering a Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping after the National Apprenticeship Service reported local firms were finding it difficult to recruit and train suitable bookkeepers.

James Moore, 19, from Durham, is working towards his apprenticeship at Ariston Accountants, based in Newcastle, and 18-year-old Sarah Mullen, from Jarrow, has been taken on as apprentice bookkeeper at Cormeton Electronics in North Shields.

Mehriban Kaybaki, who is self-employed, is also studying for the qualification so she can run her own business.

Every business is required by law to 'keep books' and the three young people are now learning to accurately record business transactions using both manual and computerised techniques.

Once they are fully qualified bookkeepers, they will have the skills to help prepare of high quality annual statements and reports.

Daud Mohammed, practice manager at Ariston Accountants, said: "We wanted an apprentice who could be trained to handle all our bookkeeping needs.

"Access Training introduced us to our apprentice James and we have been really pleased so far. He has picked up the basics very quickly and is enthusiastic and keen to learn. He has already made improvements to our existing bookkeeping systems."

Steven Beavis, a skills adviser with Access Training, said: "We launched this course because clearly the demand for it was there.

"And for young people an apprenticeship in bookkeeping can open many doors - you could work for virtually any type of company in any sector. You could go on to specialise in financial accountancy or credit management and work towards higher professional accountancy qualifications."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2012
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