Training is important to accountants, but not for the reasons typically listed. Keeping up to date on the latest accounting standards, improving soft skills, utilizing new software – nobody cares. All the real learning is done on the job anyways.
Trainings are the perfect time to see coworkers, go out, and not sleep. People go to restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping centers, and do whatever as long as it doesn’t involve studying classroom materials. Accountants need to celebrate getting through a day of boring courses with copious amounts of alcohol.
When accountants need to travel for a two week training session, it is acknowledged by everyone that those two weeks will be filled with sleep deprivation, coffee, and alcohol. Accountants become so sleep deprived at training that it is a miracle they can stay awake at all during the actual training parts.
When would be a good time to schedule mandatory trainings? Popular solutions in practice have been during busy season, two days before the filing deadline, or summertime.
Trainings vary of course and can be for any purpose. Many trainings help fulfill CPE and others are just as good time wasters. There are accountants who spend most of their time attending trainings and teaching them to others.
As boring and useless as training really is (since accountants learn by doing), training is the perfect opportunity to catch up with coworkers and get completely trashed.