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Crunching Numbers: CCSNH’s ApprenticeshipNH and Mason + Rich Launch Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

Concord, NH – Accountants play a critical role in helping individuals and businesses, and is a challenging and stimulating profession. With a strong demand for accountants in New Hampshire, ApprenticeshipNH, a workforce program of the Community College System of New Hampshire, has partnered with Mason + Rich, P.A., of Concord, to launch an Accounting Technician Registered Apprenticeship program. Using ApprenticeshipNH’s “Earn While You Learn” model, apprentices will earn pay and be trained onsite with a mentor to become Mason + Rich’s next generation of accounting professionals.

“We are excited to partner with Mason + Rich to offer a new accounting apprenticeship program in the capital region of New Hampshire,” said Anne Banks, CCSNH’s Apprenticeship Programs Manager. “This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is considering a fulfilling accounting career. Apprentices will develop and utilize highly versatile and technical skills, provide a valuable service to clients and work with an award-winning and community-minded accounting firm.”

The one-year Accounting Technician Registered Apprenticeship program combines 2,000 hours of practical on-the-job training along with 145 hours of classroom learning provided by NHTI – Concord’s community college. Apprentices will work with and learn from accounting professionals through on-the-job training focused on processing and analyzing numerical information, bookkeeping and tax preparation. The Accounting Technician program is an example of apprenticeships for the 21st century which includes business, finance, IT, education, healthcare, biotech, advanced manufacturing and automotive technology in addition to the traditional trades of construction and infrastructure.

“We are excited and honored to be able to sponsor an accounting apprenticeship program with ApprenticeshipNH,” said Leslie Walker, managing director at Mason + Rich. “In this program, apprentices have the opportunity to see what our profession is like all while learning technical skills at NHTI. We are happy to cultivate a partnership with the state through this program and hope to see apprentices enjoy all that accounting has to offer.”

Accountants are responsible for computing, classifying, and recording numerical data to keep financial records complete. According to New Hampshire’s Economic Labor Market Information Bureau, there will be 7,000 total openings for bookkeepers, accountants, and auditing clerks combined from 2023 through 2030.

The U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL) Office of Apprenticeship and ApprenticeshipNH work together with community partners to create industry-driven, high-quality career pathways where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential. The program is supported by WorkNowNH and Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).

About ApprenticeshipNH
ApprenticeshipNH was established in 2017 and is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. In cooperation with the Office of Apprenticeship, ApprenticeshipNH assists employers with  building registered apprenticeships, pre-apprentice and high school programs in high-demand sectors including advanced manufacturing, automotive technology, biomedical technology, business and finance, construction and infrastructure, education and childcare, healthcare, hospitality, information technology and transportation and logistics. ApprenticeshipNH assists companies with recruiting, screening, and hiring potential apprentices, as well as accessing resources in the state that help to fund apprentice training and education. Visit ApprenticeshipNH.com for more information.

The total funding of the ApprenticeshipNH initiative is $12.07M with 99% funded through the following U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration grants in the amounts indicated: State Apprenticeship Expansion 2020 (SAE2020) $3.45M, State Apprenticeship Expansion Formula (SAEF) $2.82M, and Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) $5.8M. Additional support of less than 1% is provided by third party scholarship grants.

About Mason + Rich
Mason + Rich, P.A., based in Concord, N.H., is a trusted advisor and ally for consulting services, tax and audit client needs, and has a focus on results. Mason + Rich proactively looks for opportunities to turn money into wealth and makes the process enjoyable and maybe even a little fun. Incorporated in 1982, Mason + Rich’s history dates back to 1939 with John E. Rich and Company. Active in the community, Mason + Rich has been the recipient of the Pinnacle Award, Small Business of the Year, awarded by Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and a Best of 603 2021 Winner by Manchester Radio Group.

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Photo caption: CCSNH’s ApprenticeshipNH has partnered with Mason + Rich, P.A. to launch an Accounting Technician Registered Apprenticeship program. Apprentices will use the “Earn While You Learn” model to combine classroom learning and on-the-job training to become the next generation of accounting professionals. Photo courtesy of Mason + Rich.

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