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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Mentor a school or college team for ICAEW BASE 2017 12 July 2016

Do you have what it takes to mentor the winning teams to represent the North East, Teesside, northern Yorkshire and Cumbria at the ICAEW BASE 2017 national final?

Are you a recently qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant?


BASE is ICAEW’s national Business and Accounting competition for students in school or college aged 16-19. A unique and exciting experience, students are able to engage in a real life business challenge that enables them to develop key employability skills and understand what it’s like to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

What happens at BASE?

Schools and colleges are invited to attend one of 44 heats across the UK. Each team is presented with information about a business scenario which outlines a range of challenges. Students will need to provide innovative recommendations to present to a panel of judges, outlining what they have found and their advice to the issues at hand.

At each of the 44 heats, we will seek to find a winning and runner-up team. All winning teams will secure their place at our spectacular National Final, taking place in Birmingham in June. It is there we will find our BASE National Champions.

How to get involved

As experts in the accountancy, finance and business profession, we are looking for your support at our BASE heats and National Final. There are various volunteering roles available, including; becoming a team mentor, judge or exhibitor.

What is the role of a Mentor?

As a mentor, you’ll use your knowledge, skills and experience to guide your team through the business case, helping them to achieve their goal of winning the heat and securing a place at the National Final! There may be concepts that students come across that they haven’t experienced before, especially where financial information is concerned. You won’t be expected to teach students or have a significant input into their decision making, but you’ll be there to encourage them to stay on task and understand the concepts presented to them.

BASE 2017 in the North East and Cumbria

Heats in the North East and Cumbria are taking place as follows:

  • Cumbria heat – Wed 15 February 2017 – Carlisle College, Cumbria
  • Newcastle heat – Wed 8 March 2017 – Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • Teesside heat – Wed 22 March 2017 – Jury’s Inn Hotel, Middlesbrough

You will be supporting students and raising awareness of ICAEW Chartered Accountants.

To find out more visit icaew.com/base or contact Joanne Lucking [email protected]

ICAEW BASEWhat are the benefits of supporting?

Giving just one day of your time to support enthusiastic students at BASE proves to be an extremely rewarding and worthwhile opportunity. As well as the personal satisfaction of sharing your skills and experience with bright learners, being involved in BASE can also provide you with some tangible benefits, including:

  • representing and raising awareness of your organisation and your school leaver/graduate schemes;
  • raising awareness with and inspiring the next generation of ICAEW Chartered Accountants;
  • contributing towards your ACA professional development, by demonstrating key skills;
  • helping students to develop business and employability skills that are vital for the workplace;
  • having fun! Through participating in an event that supports student’s future ambitions; and
  • networking opportunities to talk with likeminded ICAEW members.
About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) represents ICAEW members working in business and the finance profession across the North East of England, Teesside, Northern Yorkshire and Cumbria. We have been assisting businesses in the north of England and producing chartered accountants for over 130 years.

Our members are part of a worldwide network of over 144,000 ICAEW Chartered Accountants who help people do business with confidence.

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