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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 will open for BASE 2021 shortly.


Training session

Training will be delivered online in December to ensure all mentors are as prepared as possible. We will be providing full details of this to mentors after registration.

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

Your role as a mentor would be to advise teams during the online round of the competition, which takes place from 11 January – 29 March 2021. You will be asked to give up at least one hour of your time, plus travel if it’s required. During the session, you’ll be supporting students by providing a positive influence and helping to answer questions related to the challenge, and more widely about careers in accountancy.

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.