Colyton students win UK business contest
PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 July 2016
Students from Colyton Grammar School proved their potential to be the next generation of business leaders when they were crowned champions of a national competition.
The BASE challenge, organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), was part of a drive to address the skills gap and improve work readiness among young people.
The Colyton students beat 47 other teams at the final in Birmingham. Almost 300 students, aged 16 to 19, were set a challenge and asked to act as ICAEW Chartered Accountants, testing their communication skills, financial, ethical, and teamwork capabilities
The panel of judges included business professionals from Amnesty International, RNIB, Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, WaterAid and SportsAid.
The final concludes a series of 48 regional heats involving more than 500 teams from schools and FE colleges around the UK
ICAEW president Hilary Lindsay said: “Businesses are crying out for people with the right skills and this competition helps to build the next generation of business leaders.
“Employers are looking for ‘well-rounded’ people, which is why it is so important for young people to have the opportunity to develop skills and experience outside of the classroom.
“Businesses must be receptive too, and a competition like BASE is a great way to bring schools, employers and young people together to improve skills.”
Judge Nicki Deeson from Amnesty International said: “The winning team had some fantastic ideas and did a great job of communicating their findings to the judging panel.”
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