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Work Experience

Unlock your potential, gain new skills and explore your future career options with virtual work experience and internships opportunities in this new summer programme. ICAEW have joined forces with some of the top employers in the UK (and globally) to provide unique opportunities for up to 100 school and university students.

Applications close 31st May

Work Experience

Our work experience is a week-long programme in July, designed for school students in the UK to introduce you to the surprising world of chartered accountancy. It doesn’t matter whether you are interested in apprenticeships or going to university (or not sure at all), we just ask that you have an interest in business and the curiosity to find out more.  

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Duration: one week  

Timings: it will run virtually across five days-  26 - 30 July 2021 

What’s included:  

  • An introduction to the accountancy profession and a chance to explore the career options available 
  • Develop key skills through our employability sessions including mock interviews, identifying your key strengths and how to showcase them in a recruitment process, interactive Q&A panels with key employers and current ACA students  
  • Work on a business project with other students and present to peers and employers 
  • Support from a business mentor and ICAEW 

Salary: unpaid 

Who is eligible: Year 12 (England, Wales, NI) or (S5 in Scotland) We particularly welcome applications from those coming from an under-represented group in the accountancy profession such as female, state school educated, Black Heritage. 

What do you need to take part?

For the optimum experience, you’ll need a laptop or computer and internet connection to join the online sessions, but many sessions will also be accessible via a smartphone as well. The week will include both live and recorded sessions to offer you as much flexibility as possible. If you don’t currently have a personal laptop or you’re worried about your internet connection, please do still apply to the programme. It’s very important to us that this opportunity is available to students regardless of their personal situation.  

Application process:

The first step is a ‘situational strengths test’ to understand how you would approach different situations which you could face in the workplace. If you are successful you will then be asked to complete a pre-recorded video interview, before being matched with an employer. This process is commonly used in recruitment so even if you aren’t successful for this programme, you will have gained valuable experience in the assessment process and receive a feedback report.  

Start your application now

Get to know us

We're the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). We training support and develop aspiring chartered accountants in throughout their training and beyond. We are considered a leader in the accountancy and finance profession due to our robust qualification programmes, our expert technical knowledge and the wide ranging senior roles our members hold. We help talented individuals develop the knowledge, skills and experience they need to perform at the highest level in accountancy, finance and business.

Internships

Our virtual internship programme begins in the summer, working in partnership with some of the top employers in the UK and around the world. As well as exploring your career options and developing your professional skills, you will also undertake one of our certificate level modules, which you can use as a stepping stone to a career as a chartered accountant.   

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Duration: average of 6 weeks, but can vary from 4 to 12 weeks depending on the employer  

Timings: it will run virtually, with flexible start dates in August and September (dependent on employer). It will be a minimum of 15 hours per week, but again will vary by employer.  

What’s included:  

 

  • The chance to develop your professional skills including communication, problem solving, decision making and team working 
  • Working on a live business project with other interns or colleagues, including a mentor to support you 
  • Fully funded ICAEW CFAB module, including tuition and exam fees  

Salary: minimum of national living wage 

Who is eligible:

You will be in your penultimate year of university (Year two of a three year degree or year three of a four year degree). You don’t need to be studying for a degree in accounting, finance or business - in fact, many employers actively seek diversity in their recruitment, so having a non-accountancy background is welcomed. We particularly welcome applications from those coming from an under-represented group in the accountancy profession such as female, state school educated, Black Heritage 

What do you need to take part?

For the optimum experience, you’ll need a laptop or computer and internet connection to join the online sessions, but many sessions will also be accessible via a smartphone as well. The internship will include both live and recorded sessions to offer you as much flexibility as possible. If you don’t currently have a personal laptop or you’re worried about your internet connection, please do still apply to the programme. It’s very important to us that this opportunity is available to students regardless of their personal situation.  

Application process:

The first step is a ‘situational strengths test’ to understand how you would approach different situations which you could face in the workplace. If you are successful you will then be asked to complete a pre-recorded video interview, before being matched with an employer. This process is commonly used in recruitment so even if you aren’t successful for this programme, you will have gained valuable experience in the assessment process and receive a feedback report.  

Apply now

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