Minister for Education Joe McHugh
A NEW school project that gives students an insight into the life of a modern accountant has now been launched.
The project, launched by accountancy firm ACCA, includes a game that challenges students with Dragon’s Den style tasks.
The ACCA Entrepreneurial Challenge asks students to consider the strategy skills required as part of a career in accountancy, challenging myths that the field is focused simply on number-crunching.
“This new initiative supports closer relationships between Leaving Cert students and companies that can offer career opportunities in finance,” Minister for Education Joe McHugh said.
A pilot project of the game in the Mid-West has already proved successful, with organisations like Northern Trust, Cook Medical, BDO and IDA Ireland working with local schools.
“It will help to give students an idea about where this sector can take them and give them a clearer picture of what skills they will need for a job of the future,” Minister McHugh added.
“I would encourage more business and representative bodies to get on board with this programme and I look forward to seeing the results in the years ahead.”
With the project, students also have the chance to spend time in the offices of their partner organisation.