University and school volunteer opportunities
Students are making careers decisions earlier than ever before. ICAEW work closely with schools, colleges, and universities across the UK to ensure students receive the information they need to make educated career choices.
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, we would love to hear from you. All you need to do is register and we will be in touch with any upcoming events that you could help support.
We host and attend a variety of events from on campus careers fairs to virtual work experience initiatives. As a volunteer, you could be giving the students some gentle encouragement and top tips so they can get the most from the sessions or be on the Board of Directors acting as a judge for students' business presentations.
The events we typically ask for support with are outlined below, but if there were a particular institute you would like to volunteer with, please feel free to get in touch!
Activities to get involved in
TQ&A Panels (45 minutes - 1 hour)
The ICAEW Early Careers team can give students everything they need to know when it comes to ICAEW and the ACA qualification, but nothing beats speaking to someone who has been through the qualification themselves. We cover a variety of topics and invite a diverse range of panellists to chat with students virtually and in person which means no Q&A panel is ever the same!
Typically, the panel will consist of a ICAEW rep and a couple of either qualified ICAEW members or current ACA students chatting through their unique career journeys. If you want to give students a true insight into the fascinating career opportunities open to them whist also being able to promote your vacancies and answer their burning questions, this could be the volunteering opportunity for you!
Work Experience and internship initiatives (3-5 hours during school holidays)
Our work experience and internship initiatives enable us to reach a broad pool of talent from all over the UK. We provide students the opportunity to learn, be exposed to, and demonstrate the skills needed to be successful in this profession. The initiatives are highly interactive for everyone! Students will attend a variety of sessions from Q&A panels to working in teams to presenting their business recommendations. Why not join us as a guest speaker or as a part of the “board of directors”?
Careers Fairs (2 hours - 1 day)
As a volunteer at a careers fair, you can provide crucial first-hand experience to students looking to take the next step in their career. Whether you’re attending in person, chatting with students on the ICAEW stand about your local opportunities or managing student questions via a virtual booth, you’ll be on hand to answer questions and explain why considering a career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant is a great idea.
At some very popular events you may be given a time slot so the opportunity can be shared with different volunteers from a range of companies, we may give priority to those volunteers that have current vacancies for ACA trainees.
Career Journey Presentations (30 minutes – 1 hour)
We offer short presentations introducing students to who ICAEW are and how our qualifications can open the doors to a broad and exciting range of careers! We love to bust those myths associated with the profession such as ‘you need to be good at Maths’ and ‘you need to have studied a related degree discipline’ to enables us to reach a more diverse range of students. If this is something that interests you, please get in touch.
Full details of the event including whether it’s virtual or face-to-face, what your involvement looks like and any prep that needs to be outlined in advance to you will be sent either via email or we can arrange a quick chat.
We look forward to hopefully working with you soon!