In a sector long dominated by one major software provider, TAFE NSW
is now giving students access to Reckon One in response to demand from
the accounting and bookkeeping industry for graduates with experience
using multiple software platforms.
The software access, provided as part of a partnership between
ASX-listed Reckon and TAFE NSW, is fast making the training provider's
students more attractive to the major accounting firms and better
prepared for an increasingly digital workplace.
Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) CEO Andrew Conway said the
availability of such cloud-based accounting software and smartphone
applications came at a time of significant change for the sector.
“It is now essential that those looking for a career in the finance
sector are familiar with multiple software systems,” Mr Conway said.
“TAFE NSW has shown great foresight in recognising this change by
updating its courses to teach students how to use cloud-based
software, helping them prepare for a job in the bookkeeping industry.”
Reckon Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Sam Allert said
the role of accountants and bookkeepers was changing rapidly.
“This partnership has been designed to provide students with
confidence to move forward in contemporary accounting business
practices by offering the right foundation and all the bookkeeping
principles needed to run a business,” Mr Allert said.
“Upon completion, students will be able to use Reckon One
efficiently, have the practical skills needed to interpret data and
then make strategic business decisions.”
General Manager of TAFE NSW Digital Megan Aitken said businesses of
all sizes were focused on efficiency, particularly through shifting
more work to the cloud.
“While a decade ago there were only two major software programs used
in the accounting and bookkeeping industry, the market has changed and
there are now several platforms in common use,” Ms Aitken said.
“Many major accounting firms are rethinking traditional graduate
recruitment pathways, which have long relied upon those with
“The finance sector is fast recognising the need for graduates that
have both theoretical knowledge and hands-on training – TAFE NSW is
providing both, ensuring students will hit the ground running from day
one on the job.
“This is yet another example of TAFE NSW preparing students for the
jobs of tomorrow by working closely with major employers and industry providers.”
The initiative coincides with news that major accounting firm
Deloitte is, for the first time, reserving slots in its annual
experienced hire intake for TAFE NSW graduates.
Donna McLeod, Deloitte's National Talent Acquisition Senior Manager
for Experienced Hire, said the finance sector needed confidence that
new graduates had the necessary hands-on skills to thrive in the workplace.
“We certainly see brilliant candidates coming out of TAFE NSW
equipped with the right skills to work at small and large accounting
firms,” Ms McLeod said.
“With this in mind, Deloitte is looking to recruit more TAFE students
within its business.”
Reckon software is currently used by up to 65% of the accounting
sector, providing students with greater job prospects and work-ready skills.
Ms Aitken said TAFE NSW had seen strong interest in finance-related
courses in response to its efforts to be the go-to option for students
looking to work in the sector.