Halpin Partners, a long-standing Cairns accountancy business has kick started the careers of up-and-coming accountants by offering eight university students the opportunity to join its summer internship. Of those eight, four students will advance to the business’s two-year Graduate Training Program as full-time employees.
The paid summer internship, currently underway, gives university students an opportunity to get a real taste of life as a graduate accountant.
“We believe that supporting graduates is critical to the success of our profession and appreciate the challenges of trying to gain on the job work experience” said Halpin Partners director Darren Halpin. “As a result, all our summer interns get first hand work experience and are enrolled in industry-recognised training providing certification in both Xero and MYOB.”
The summer internship is an opportunity to experience what our graduates do including attending client meetings and undergoing professional development. Our interns will also attend Q&A sessions with the business’s managing partners and join networking and social events.
Participants in the Summer Internship may be invited to join Halpin Partners Graduate Training Program as full-time employees from January 2021.
“Our 24-month Graduate Training Program, is designed to leverage the knowledge and experience of university into tangible workplace capabilities,” Mr Halpin said. “Our aim is for each graduate to achieve key capabilities which enable them to be introduced to progressively more engaging and complex client issues.”
The firm will support all its graduates through the Chartered Accountant’s Program by covering the full course fees and providing relevant content-based workshop sessions.
“Throughout the training program, graduates work closely with their mentor who provides them with ongoing assistance, advice and feedback,” Mr Halpin said. “Additionally, in-house training and events allows graduates to better understand the work we do and the services we offer to our clients”
Halpin Partners, which was established in Cairns in 2003, engages with a diverse range of Queensland industries across the whole state.
“We’re very excited about these programs, as currently, like no other time I can remember there is a real shortage of accountants” added Mr Halpin. “We’re building a new office area within our premises specifically for our grads so that they can be all together, and this will give them the best opportunity to learn and become a valuable member of our team going forward”