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Uganda Firm attains accountancy milestone

Tuesday July 19, 2011

The global Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has offered a platinum employer accreditation to Johnson & Johnson Certified Public Accountants.

The accreditation is awarded to firms for training accounting trainees and professionals for the international job market.

Johnson & Johnson becomes the first local and among the few African firms to receive the accolade after attaining the required global best practice in the provision of financial services, learning and development opportunities for ACCA trainees and members.

Lucille Isingoma, the ACCA country manager, said Johnson & Johnson went through a rigorous assessment against a wide range of best practices approved by employers.

Johnson & Johnson managing partner, Ulrich Johnson, said the accreditation serves as another reason why the company’s human capital management and development department must keep abreast with the ever-changing demands of clients in terms of human resource.

According to the ACCA country manager Lucille Isingoma, Johnson & Johnson went through a rigorous assessment against a wide range of best practices contained within ACCA’s approved employer assessment matrix.

“The matrix is structured around the principles of how the development needs of individuals are identified and appraised by a company, how development opportunities are provided and monitored among others,” she said

She was speaking after handing over the accolade to Johnson & Johnson management at function held last week at the company’s Head Office at Uganda House.

With the accreditation at Platinum level, Johnson & Johnson’s trainees qualify for automatic membership because their training with company would have satisfied the ACCA Professional Experience Requirement (PER).

The training and technical modules undertaken by the firm are recognised for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by ACCA as principal IFAC member.

Johnson & Johnson Managing Partner, Ulrich Johnson noted that the accreditation serves as another reason why the company’s human capital management and development department must keep abreast with the ever changing demands of clients in terms of human resource.

“Being certified as a Platinum Employer is a great milestone in our existence, we are indeed proud to be identified as such, our professional partnership in the entire accounting world with ACCA is of paramount importance because it positions us on the global stage.

This will enable us bridge the training and development gap between other accountants elsewhere in the world and those in Uganda,” he said.

Johnson said that recruiting the right people remains among the company’s key priorities, the company develops their potential and technical competencies to best support clients, all through a formal system.

“We strongly believe in exceptional client service delivery which can only be achieved by exceptional people; we make sure that we retain good quality, committed and enthusiastic people who make our company a success with the clients,” said Johnson

Johnson and Johnson is a professional services firm providing an integrated suite of audit, assurance and business advisory, accounting, tax and corporate regulatory services, internal audit and consulting services to big as well as medium sized local and multinational organisations.

By David Ssempijja: The New Vision Newspaper

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