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Mentor at BASE

BASE provides ICAEW members and ACA students with an opportunity to help find the next generation of chartered accountants. By volunteering as a mentor you will have the ability to engage with students, pass on your knowledge and skills, and support them throughout the competition.

Why take part?

  • Have a lasting impact on the next generation of chartered accountants by sharing your expertise.
  • Promote your organisation and build links with local schools and businesses.
  • Develop your own soft skills such as communication, coaching and relationship building.
  • Boost your existing work experience portfolio, or, if you’re an ACA student, add to your professional development.

The mentoring process

BASE Registration


Mentor registration is currently closed.


Training session

Regional training days were held at the beginning of December 2019. We will provide a recording to those who were unable to attend to ensure all mentors are prepared to run their sessions.

start date

Your visit

Your role as a mentor would be to advise teams during the online round of the competition. We will match you to a local school, if possible, and put you in contact with the teacher responsible for running BASE. You will need to arrange a mutually suitable time to visit.

BASE students take team challenge

Your mentoring session

You will be asked to give up half a day of your time to support the students. The aim of your session is for you to provide expert advice and guidance to the students taking part. The exact format of your session may vary depending on which school you’re mentoring and what they require, more guidance will be provided during the training days. Time dependent, you could also deliver an additional session to the wider school and/or presentation about your career or what being a chartered accountant means to you.

Contract ion


Your feedback is crucial to the development and improvement of BASE year on year. Following your mentoring session, we’re keen to hear how it went and if you have any suggestions for improvement for next year. Let us know at base@icaew.com.