Bexhill College students seized the opportunity to put their knowledge of business to the test by taking part in the ICAEW's national BASE (Business Accounting & Skills Education) competition. Jack Buchannan, Nathan Adamson and Tanvir Alam went up against teams from other schools and colleges in the event that was held at the University of Sussex.
The event required them to act as business consultants for the day. They were provided with a range of information relating to a particular business, which they had to evaluate before devising a strategy for the business. Jack, Nathan and Tanvir then had to present their evaluation and strategy to a panel which included two professionals from the ICAEW (the Institute for Chartered Accountants for England & Wales) and a number of judges from the industry.
In the feedback given by the judges at the end of the event, the team earned a special mention for producing such a comprehensive pitch.
Nathan has ambitions to become an accountant.
He said: "It was a great opportunity as the tasks we completed were very similar to the real work that is conducted in this profession. The career presentations that were given by the ICAEW representatives helped me to understand the different routes I could take to get into this type of career."
Bexhill College values the process of entering students for external competitions, as it as an important part of enriching the learning experience because they help to develop essential employability skills. Ben Whittingham, Course Leader for Business, attended the event with the students.
He commented: "For these students to be involved in such a real-life scenario and to apply what they have learnt on their A Level Business course is an invaluable experience. They benefited from completing the task they were given and through gaining an insight into the world of work and the different career paths open to them. They excelled on the day and I'm sure this experience will give them confidence for the future."