Students at Bath College have secured work experience at one of the UK’s biggest accounting firms after entering a national competition.
Twenty students studying BTEC business and AAT accounting courses raised nearly £300 for charity after taking part in the Micro Tyco Challenge.
They were given £1 and asked to increase this amount, using their entrepreneurial skills to collect money for the charity WildHearts.
Business advisory firm Deloitte assessed the students’ performance, looking at the money raised, entrepreneurial thinking, and teamwork skills.
Students decided to fundraise through the website GoFundMe, competing against thousands of others at schools and colleges across the country.
Now five students will have the chance to complete work experience at the Deloitte offices in Cardiff over the summer holidays.
The charity WildHearts funds micro-loans for people in developing countries who want to set up their own business.
To complete the challenge, students produced a diary explaining their business concepts and presented them to Deloitte.
Student Daylan Davies said: “I have taken full advantage of every opportunity that has been available to me at Bath College and look where it’s got me.
“I’ve been offered work experience with one of the biggest accounting firms in the business world. My advice would be to grab anything that comes your way with both hands.”
Bath College tutor James Hammett said: “It was a great experience to work with both Deloitte and WildHearts and give our students this unique opportunity.
“The activities promoted real business thinking and gave an insight into working with a highly reputable accountancy firm.”