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Celia champions the ICAEW Business Game in Worcester PDF Print E-mail

Pupils from Malvern’s Chase School are taking a stepping stone to success as they make their first foray into the biggest-ever Business Game.

They will compete with hundreds of local pupils gearing up for next week’s Business Game, giving them a well-timed opportunity to showcase the teamwork and innovation which is sought by future employers.

Heats for the national game are being staged in Worcester for the first time, on Tuesday March 22 at Worcester Warriors Rugby Club’s Sixways Stadium. There they will get to grips with real life problems in business – and make themselves more employable.

Record numbers have joined the Business Game, which challenges them to determine the best way to solve a business problem. It will boost the career hopes of youngsters, amid concern over rising levels of unemployment.

Malvern Chase School Business and IT lecturer John Palmer, said: “This is our first time in the Business Game. We are involved with many enterprise programmes, developing partnerships with local companies interested in contacting students who want to pursue careers in IT or surveying.

"All are looking for that 'something extra' that students can use to raise their profile with future employers or academic institutions. The Business Game fits well into that activity, being a one-day event, and all the schools enjoy the healthy competition.

"One of our students being interviewed for Oxford mentioned his involvement with Young Enterprise, and it helped his placement."

Business Game organiser Celia Adams, chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Worcestershire, said: “It is brilliant to see how the Business Games are helping local students. They have learned that accountancy is not only for graduates, but for school leavers who can enter the profession, without necessarily going to university.

"We are engaging the local Chamber of Commerce, and Worcestershire Education Business Partnership and Young Enterprise, so that the Institute of Chartered Accountants attracts bright young people to accountancy as a higher education and career option."

Top grade 'A' Level students could study in-house while working in accountancy, through learning and professional development programmes.

The Business Game is backed by 25 sponsors across international commercial and accountancy firms, including Hays Recruitment and mfg group.

Game organisers are briefing business school and career teachers, to link them into accountancy firms and the universities of Birmingham and St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and the University of Worcester (starting an accountancy course this year).

For more details see www.careers.icaew.com/events?type=Schoolevents