COOKSTOWN woman Emma Jayne Hunter was placed third in Ireland in the ACCA’s (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) global professional exam.
She was also placed 19th place worldwide in the P6 Advanced Taxation (UK variant) paper out of 6,393 students.
Joan Ballantine, President of ACCA’s (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Ulster Members’ Network said young accountants are playing a more important role than ever in helping to reshape the Northern Ireland economy and in providing the right dynamics to enable key growth areas of the economy to prosper.
“Now is the time for accounting professionals to educate the public and its stakeholders about what they can contribute to society and how they can generate real value. Our profession has an ability to tackle issues and consider the most appropriate solution, which is a vital attribute in aid of recovery and one that accountants can draw upon on a daily basis,” she said.
The President also said the outstanding ACCA results have once again highlighted the high calibre of students coming out of Northern Ireland, which is particularly encouraging for the profession.
However, with more and more opportunities available for students to travel overseas due to the flexibility and adaptability of their qualifications, we must ensure we hold onto our talented young professionals, she explained.
And she added: “We want to remind the business community that we need to take a collaborative approach and that more work needs to be done to create opportunities for the new generation of young accountants.
“It is crucial that we continue to work together to nurture our students by providing essential support mechanisms and equip them with appropriate skills and training as they gain their professional qualifications.”