A group of sixth formers began the new school year in style and found out what young people need to get ahead in business in a conversation with ICAEW’s Chief Executive, Michael Izza. The champions of ICAEW’s business and accounting competition, BASE, spent the day in London to receive their prize money (£500 each), improve their employability skills and bolster their CVs.

About BASE:

  • Colyton Grammar School beat 47 other teams in the BASE National Final
  • Almost 300 students, aged 16 – 19, were set a fictitious challenge and asked to act as ICAEW Chartered Accountants, testing their communication skills, financial, ethical, and team work capabilities
  • Judges included business professionals from Amnesty International, Save the Children, Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, WaterAid and SportsAid
  • The final concludes a series of 48 regional competitions involving over 500 teams from schools and FE colleges around the UK

ICAEW’s Chief Executive, Michael Izza said:

“It was great to meet the winning team and congratulate the students who impressed some big business names with their bright ideas, ethical considerations and communication skills. These are the exact skills employers tell us they are looking for to help make their businesses a success, so I am sure the BASE final was just the beginning for these students.

“Too many young people are leaving education without having had the chance to fully consider their future options or how their skills and experiences fit with opportunities in the jobs market. Young people must have the opportunity to develop softer skills in addition to their academic achievements and it is vital that businesses are receptive to this too – business leaders need to create more opportunities to connect with schools and young people. BASE is a great example of how schools, employers and young people can work together to improve skills, and can equally give business leaders the opportunity to learn what motivates the next generation of talent.”

Business & Economics teacher Mrs Rew said:

“What a fantastic result for the students; they performed at a very high level, displaying excellent teamwork, decision making and confidence in delivery. This has allowed our students to consider what accountancy is really about – it’s certainly not just numbers: business acumen is critical.”

Students at the final had the chance to meet tuition providers and employers including AAT,  BPP, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Mazars, RSM Kaplan, Smith & Williamson and PwC.

The BASE final took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on 30 June 2016.

BASE_2016_winners_with Michael_Izza_001_2000(1).jpgThe winning team is: Todd O, Keir L, Daniel V, Jonny S, Charlie K and Henry M