Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Pathways to success – internship programme links students to ACCA approved employers

Twenty University of Exeter undergraduate students will be connected to seven of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Approved Employers for a week-long internship.

The University of Exeter Professional Pathways in Accounting project aims to prepare graduates for the workplace.

It includes four days of commercial learning and personal development on campus, where ACCA and The University of Exeter will be working closely with Kaplan Leadership and Professional Development, who will deliver their Kaplan Business Challenge – a facilitated business simulation to get the participants thinking about real-life commercial scenarios prior to their placements with key employers.

These include New Look, Debenhams, Newsquest Media Group and LV, as well as South West based practice employers Bishop Fleming, Moore Scarrott and PKF Francis Clark.

Michael Schwoerke, ACCA’s Business Development Manager – Education, said: “This is a great three-way partnership with a very clear aim – graduate employability. We know from our research Generation Next that young people are aspirational and entrepreneurial, and keen to secure the skills and develop behaviours they need to get ahead. And this project gives them this head start for their career aspirations. It’s a development that will make these young peoples’ CVs really shine.”

Andrew Perkins Kaplan’s Global Director of Leadership and Professional Development, said: ‘‘The modern-day employer wants graduates who can hit the ground running, and that’s what we’ll be doing with our Kaplan Business Challenge. We bring to the table a key element of their journey on this programme - the development and embedding of commercial skills and behaviours that prepares them for the world of work. The unique delivery of this programme is based on ensuring that the individuals develop practical skills and behaviours in a dynamic and engaging way - through a challenging business simulation. Skills and behaviours that we believe will be highly beneficial for these talented undergraduates.’

Paul Blackmore, Head of Student Employability and Academic Success at The University of Exeter, said: “This is an exceptional opportunity for students to hit the ground running as they start their placement. This is especially important as the accountancy profession enters a new era, for both employers and employees. We can expect to see a continuing evolution in professional occupations, responsibilities and career development learning. The need for students to have an understanding of the commercial challenges faced by employers is more critical than ever. The pathways programme is a great step forward in helping to meet both the expectations of both students and employers and maximise the benefits of their future working relationships.”

Date: 6 July 2017

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