ICAEW searches UK universities to find the brightest students with the potential to be the next generation of business leaders
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Students across the country will be excited to hear that they can once again compete in the ICAEW100 – a nationwide competition which aims to discover the most promising students with the potential to succeed as the next generation of business leaders.

Following last year’s success, where almost 5,000 students from 150 universities entered the competition, this year’s competition aims to reach even more students, across all university campuses in the UK.

Consisting of a series of online exercises, the competition is open to all students, regardless of year or subject studying. These tests closely aligned to the skills demanded of those training for ICAEW’s global qualification, the ACA. With 82% of FTSE100 boards containing an ICAEW Chartered Accountant; students who could show that they matched these key skills not only displayed aptitude in this field, but the clear potential to be a future leader.

When the competition closes, the top 100 entrants on the leader board will be awarded a range of unique prizes, including work experience opportunities and professional mentoring, to support students in career planning and development.

But for one overall winner, their journey doesn’t end there – they will go on to represent the ICAEW at the One Young World Summit 2018, in The Hague. The summit brings together the most valuable young talent from around the world, joined by world leaders acting as the One Young World Counsellors. Previous delegates at the Summit have had the chance to meet Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan and Sir Richard Branson.

The event once again sees a collaboration between ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), one of the world’s leading professional membership organisations and GTI - UK and Ireland's leading provider of graduate and school leaver’s careers information and recruitment solutions through student-focused brands, TARGETjobs and TARGETpostgrad.

Simon Rogers, GTI director said, “We’re thrilled to once again be working with the ICAEW to help thousands of students showcase their skills and talents. We’re especially excited at the range of priceless prizes and opportunities offered to the lucky 100 this year”.

Lynne Hamilton-Gow, Head of student recruitment at ICAEW, said: “ICAEW are delighted to give university students the chance to test their business skills, while giving them the opportunity to win the prize of a life time in the process. We’re really excited to offer the next generation of ICAEW Chartered Accountants more opportunities, more prospects and more meaningful careers.”

The ICAEW 100 competition closes on Friday 30 March 2018. To find out more, and to take part, go to icaew100.com.

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