A strategic focus: how ICAEW is championing D&I in accountancy

A strategic focus: how ICAEW is championing D&I in accountancy

ICAEW is also leading a coalition of firms – EY, KPMG, PwC, BDO and Grant Thornton – to run the Rise programme. This teaches communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills to 14-to-16-year-olds at schools in disadvantaged areas across the country. It is aimed at raising the aspirations of young people from low socio-economic backgrounds. ICAEW plans to run 50 workshops this year, reaching 3,000 students.
Initial Rise workshops have already taken place at Featherstone High School in Southall, west London, where staff have found it hard to encourage young people at all levels of the academic spectrum to explore the wide range of opportunities available to them through training schemes and apprenticeships. 
“I want young people to understand that people in professions come from a wide range of backgrounds, have taken a wide range of qualifications and have a wide range of experiences to reach the current role that they’re in,” says Andrew Webb, Head of Careers at Featherstone High School. “The Rise workshops are fantastic. They give the children in year 9 the opportunity to work with a range of professionals to be creative, and collaboratively work as part of a team, to solve problems that are relevant to themselves.”

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