Sixth form students from Pershore High School, Worcester, Dyson Perrins CofE Sports College, Malvern, Southam College, Southam and Adams Grammar School, Newport are meeting at the University of Worcester today to take part in a game that will see them acting out the roles of the Management Team of a fictional borough council.
The game, devised and run by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), is intended to help fill a gap in Business Studies courses, which concentrate on commercial activities and often do not cover the public sector in any way.
The students will be tasked with juggling the relationships between the council budget, citizen’s needs and wants and many other factors, and how to balance different, sometimes contradictory, objectives.
The day includes dealing with the everyday issues of a borough council, making recommendations to councillors on policy matters and needing to run the council in the public interest but to also keep in mind the needs of council departments. The students will be expected to deliver presentations and reports detailing their decisions.
All the participants will be mentored during their day by student or qualified CIPFA accountants who will advise their charges on all aspects of what will likely prove to be a daunting but exciting experience.
Chris Gill, Principal Accountant at Staffordshire County Council and the lead volunteer for the games said:
"Many 6th form students have little exposure to the public sector. The recession has shown we need our best people in key roles, and the students involved in the games are potentially the public sector finance directors of the future.”
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