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Over the last few months we’ve been on tour. We stepped outside our digital bubble to champion the accounting profession and talk about the importance of financial skills. From attending a debate at the European Parliament to talking to parents at an East London school, we’ve spoken to a range of people. Here’s a summary of the various places we’ve visited.
Stop one: The Associations World Congress, Vienna
In Vienna we shared our expertise on designing and delivering online learning with representatives from a broad range of professional associations and businesses.
We answered lots of questions about how we did it and about you, our learners. We are now actively engaged on a number of future collaborations.
Stop two: Accountex – National Accountancy Exhibition and Conference, London
This was a great chance to meet lots of accountancy professionals in one place.
We were able to demonstrate how ACCA does good things and show how ACCA-X has delivered life-changing opportunities for young people around the world.
Stop three: The Business Show – The UK’s largest business exhibition, London
We met business owners, entrepreneurs, accountancy students and general go-getters and explained how everyone needs some finance skills and that ACCA-X is ready to help.
We signed up people who we would never normally meet – it was a great opportunity to demonstrate how we’re relevant to people beyond the traditional audience for accountancy skills.
Stop four: ACCA & PWC hosted debate 'Jobs of tomorrow' at the European Parliament, Brussels
On the agenda was how business can address the skills gap. We talked about how ACCA-X online can be a solution for organisations.
We spoke to key influencers for corporates like IKEA and Jaguar Land Rover, MEPs and the press representatives from a host of organisations. This was a quick and effective way to influence the conversation and provide expert advice.
Stop five: School21 Careers and Information Event, East London
Lastly, we visited School21, a state-funded innovative school in East London with ACCA members Malvi and Anthony. We met with parents looking for skills to launch their businesses and others who wanted their children to develop financial skills to make them work-ready.