ACCA and British Council creating the complete finance professionals of tomorrow across GCC
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) hosted a range of interactive sessions with the British Council to explore the opportunities for today’s professional accountants and how this journey can begin at school
School staff, including accounting teachers, student counsellors and principals, from across the GCC learnt more about how they can help young people on the path to becoming complete, well-rounded, finance professionals at events held by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and the British Council.
Delegates at the events in Bahrain, Doha, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar, were told about ACCA’s Foundations in Accountancy suite of awards which young people can pursue while at school from the age of 15. This gives students a strong understanding of the core concepts in accountancy and will enable them to progress to the globally recognized ACCA Qualification, as well as having an opportunity to gain a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes and even an MBA.
Anis Motorwala, head of ACCA Northern Gulf, said: “In the same way that science students who might opt for careers in engineering or medicine can start preparing for their chosen profession early with their entrance exams, why shouldn't commerce students also prepare for their professional careers in accounting and finance?
“We believe the Foundations in Accountancy qualification gives them an excellent grounding on which to build for a career in finance which could take them to the highest levels of any organisation in any sector.
“Starting to develop students from a young age is paramount for creating complete finance professionals who are ready to take on any tasks that their future employers may give them. Those qualified with ACCA will have a multitude of skills to enable them to adapt and complete anything that is given to them.
“The world needs finance professionals who understand how the economy works both in the country they live in, and globally. Without them, who would have helped to resolve the financial crisis?”
More than 150 schools in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were invited to the events.
The British Council, which co-hosted these events, has worked closely with ACCA to enable students around the world to pursue the ACCA Qualification, and runs examination sessions for ACCA in many countries.
Philip Rylah, British Council Director Examinations MENA said, `The British Council believes these qualifications from ACCA can be of great benefit to young people preparing for a career in finance. We are delighted to support ACCA in ensuring access around the Middle East.
For more information, please contact Anis Motorwala.