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Recruit a student

Our student recruitment team has developed a wide range of interactive and engaging resources to promote your organisation and attract prospective students.

We are committed to opening up access to the accountancy and finance profession by offering multiple entry routes to the ACA qualification including:

  • A-levels or equivalent;
  • another qualification - including AAT, ACCA, ICAI, ICAP, CIMA, CIPFA;
  • the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB);
  • Level 4 apprenticeship in Accountancy;
  • university (from any discipline); or
  • one of our strategic university partnership programmes.

Whichever route you choose, if you're looking for support in reaching and attracting talented and motivated individuals searching for ACA training agreements, our student recruitment team can help. Here is an overview.

BASE - our business and accounting competition

BASE is our national business and accounting competition for students in school or college aged 16-19 in the UK. It’s a unique and exciting experience where students engage in a business challenge that enables them to develop key employability skills and understand what it’s like to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Regional heats are held across the UK from October-March where students of all abilities attend to find out about a career in accountancy, finance and business, compete in an exciting business challenge and network with professionals at a dedicated employer exhibition.

BASE offers a range of opportunities for organisations to engage with students and teachers in their local area. In addition to sponsoring opportunities, you can choose to take part in our employer exhibition, network with teachers in our dedicated workshop or provide mentors to support the student teams.

The key benefits of supporting your local BASE heats include:

  • support your talent acquisition programme with access to students who are interested in a career in accountancy, finance or business;
  • access and brand reach to core audiences (students, teachers and schools);
  • advance the skills of your ACA trainees through nominating them as mentors for student teams  (experiences match elements of the ACA development ladders);
  • talent spotting students that are developing key employability skills (required by employers) through participation in the competition; and
  • BASE can support your widening participation objectives.

The winning team from each regional heat is invited to attend and complete at the BASE final which is held in Birmingham in June each year.

74% of participating students are interested specifically in a career in accountancy, finance or business.

‘I ask potential student members when they come for interview how they heard about ICAEW; several have said it was the business game.’
Partner in the ‘big four’ who attended Birmingham regional heat

‘Richardsons Chartered Accountants from Thame have exhibited at BASE events for the past three years and has now recruited two students from the 2011 Oxford winning team.’
BASE Champion of Oxford regional heat

If you are interested in attending a BASE regional heat, please contact your local ICAEW Regional Executive or email base@icaew.com.

For further information on BASE, visit icaew.com/base, email base@icaew.com or tweet @ICAEW_BASE.

Free advertising on our online jobs portal

Advertise your ACA vacancies on our online jobs portal ICAEW Training Vacancies to extend your reach to students of all ages, globally, searching for ACA training agreements.

Quick and easy to use, ICAEW Training Vacancies is free of charge for all ICAEW Authorised Training Employers and principals making it a great way to raise awareness of your ACA training opportunities, including:

  • Graduate
  • School leaver
  • AAT-ACA Fast Track
  • Higher Apprenticeship in Assurance/Audit and Tax
  • Internships
  • Work experience placements

ICAEW Training Vacancies is heavily promoted to our potential student audience through a range of face to face and online promotional activities. By signing up to ICAEW Training Vacancies you will receive:

  • An online company profile and logo
  • Unlimited job listings for ACA training opportunities;
  • A monthly email copy of the Recruitment Register;
  • A monthly email copy of the Available Student Register
  • Opportunity for bespoke email job alerts to student databases
  • Inclusion in Jobs By Email alerts to registered candidates registered matching your criteria
  • Opportunity for additional social media promotion though Twitter and Facebook
  • Option to gain additional exposure though branding and advertising opportunities (extra cost).

To find out more about ICAEW Training Vacancies and how we can support you in recruiting talent for your ACA training agreements, please contact the Student Recruitment Team:

T: +44 (0)1908 248 105
E: tvsupport@icaew.com

Promote your organisation at our events

Careers events - every year we meet students at over 400 school and university careers events in the UK and overseas. Come and join us on the ICAEW stand at an event near you and talk to potential ACA students, or let us distribute your recruitment literature for you.

Presentations - employers can bring alive the role of an ICAEW Chartered Accountant so we ensure there are plenty of opportunities for you to give presentations at schools and universities.

Need to fill a niche student role? – we can help you recruit through our networks of students across the UK.

Speed networking sessions - really popular, short, speedy interviews between students and employers where you each have five minutes to impress.

Business skills sessions - we run a variety of business skills sessions with students to help develop the skills that our employers need. Students are mentored by ACA students or newly qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants. Providing mentors can effectively promote your organisation.

To find out what other opportunities are available and how you can get involved, contact our student recruitment team:

T: +44 (0)1908 248 316
E: careers@icaew.com

Recruitment Register

The Recruitment Register is a list of students who have reached second interview stage but are yet to secure an ACA training vacancy.

Circulated to you on a monthly basis, the Recruitment Register can help you to promote your ACA training vacancies. You do need to be a registered employer or principal on our Training Vacancies online job portal to receive the register.

All students on the register have supplied evidence of their previous job applications, so you know they are on their way to obtaining an ACA training agreement.

Available Student Register

The Available Student Register is a list of students currently studying for ICAEW CFAB, have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting from AAT, are studying the ACA independently, have successfully completed the Higher Apprenticeship in Assurance/Audit or tax, or their ACA training agreement has been terminated.

Circulated to you on a monthly basis, the Available Student Register can help you to promote your ACA training vacancies. You do need to be a registered employer or principal on our Training Vacancies online job portal to receive the register.

All students on the register have supplied evidence of their qualifications or previous training agreement, so you know they are on their way to achieving the ACA qualification.

Work experience toolkits

We have developed free work experience toolkits for organisations that are looking to take schools/college students for short-term (one to two weeks) unpaid work experience placements. Our toolkits require minimum input from your organisation and provides a structure to allow the student to receive the maximum benefit from their placement with you.

Why offer work experience placements

There are several benefits for organisations who offer work experience placements. It can help to raise your profile among local schools, encourage the number and quality of applicants and is a way of feeding the future talent pipeline. Providing work experience placements can also help satisfy CSR considerations by encouraging meaningful connections within your community and providing the opportunity to network and develop relationships with local schools and sixth form colleges.

How to promote work experience to students

Students look for work experience placements via organisations’ websites but also on our online portal, Training Vacancies. Advertise your work experience placements on Training Vacancies, where you’ll have the opportunity to detail any pre-requisites you may be looking for from work experience students. Training Vacancies will also allow you do advertise your School leaver, Graduate and Internship opportunities also.

ICAEW student toolkit

The student toolkit provides school/college students with guidance regarding professional conduct in the workplace, an induction questionnaire and a series of activities to complete. Activities within the booklet are designed to provide students with a taster of basic operations within accountancy. The information provided in the activities is fictional therefore allowing the student to work on a safe set of information without having to divulge confidential client information.

ICAEW employer toolkit

The employer toolkits have been designed to support employers in delivering a work-experience placement that will be of value to the student. Provided in the toolkits is a check list for briefing students during work experience placements, a suggested work experience placement structure and useful sources of information. The employer guide also holds the answers to the series of activities found in the student booklet.

Register to receive your toolkits

To receive your free work experience toolkits fill in the form below and you will be able to download the toolkits straight away. We will also post hard copies to you.

For more information on work experience toolkits, please contact Jane Scott by email we@icaew.com or call +44 (0) 1908 248 134.

Undergraduate Partnership Programme (UPP)

UPP is a collaboration between ICAEW, Cardiff, Manchester and Warwick business schools – three of the UK’s most prestigious universities. The programme offers students the chance to complete an internship in the third year of their four-year accounting degree course. As well as valuable experience with an employer, they may claim exemption for up to eight of the ACA exams, making UPP students highly employable.

If you are interested in attracting high-calibre students at an earlier stage, why not offer a one-year internship? Please get in touch at employerinternships@icaew.com

Contact us

To find out more on how we can support you in recruiting talent for your ACA training vacancies, please contact our student recruitment team:

T: +44 (0)1908 248 105
E: careers@icaew.com