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Pates Grammar School Winners 2013

ICAEW doubles the size of its national business competition

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ICAEW is challenging more schools than ever from all across England and Wales to enter its national business competition. This year, up to 50 regional heats will be held, around twice as many as last year.

BASE (Business, Accounting and Skills Education) is now open for team entries, offering the opportunity for any schools entering before 27 September, to be allowed to enter a second team. Regional heats run from November to March with the National Final taking place in Birmingham in June 2014.

A record 180 teams (over 1,000 students) have already signed up for the competition, which will see local schools go head to head, in an exciting business challenge.

Aimed at 16-19 year olds, BASE links schools, students and employers together in a bid to not only increase awareness of a career in accountancy and finance, but to develop employability skills.

Assuming the role of an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, students have just 1.5 hours to analyse, discuss and decide on the next business steps of fictional organisations before presenting their ideas to a panel of business professionals.

Charles Carter, ICAEW Director, Regions, said: “Students will be truly engaged, challenged and empowered during the course of the day. This competition requires participants to work as a team to find solutions to real business issues. Not only will the students gain a valuable insight into what it means to be a chartered accountant, but they will also take away transferable skills required in their future careers.”

For further information about BASE and how to participate please visit www.icaew.com/base or tweet the team @ICAEW_BASE

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