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The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have given students from across the North East the chance to test their management, and financial skills, by running a simulated council for the day.
The students ran the fictional Unitary Borough of Emmstone, created as part of CIPFA’S annual Sixth Form Management Games, on Friday 11 October.
Throughout the day students took on the roles of members of the council’s management team, tasked with juggling the relationship between the council’s budget, the needs of those living in the borough and many other, often contradictory, objectives.
The CIPFA Sixth Form Games are designed to fill a gap in Business Studies courses, which usually concentrate on commercial activities, to give students a taster of what it is like to work in the public sector. They are held in a number of regions across the UK. Throughout the day students were faced with a variety of interruptions including facing a very irate union official, the local press and a disgruntled MP, all trying to influence them in their decision making.
Five teams took part in the games; Conyers School in Yarm, Cramlington Learning Village, Heaton Manor from Newcastle, South Tyneside College from South Shields and the defending champions, St Thomas More RC Academy, from North Shields. After a close competition with only eight points between all the teams, Cramlington Learning Village emerged as the winners.
Speaking at the games, CIFPA’s lead volunteer George Clark said:
“These games provide a useful and fun opportunity for sixth form students to gain exposure to the challenges associated with running a public sector organisation. After their performance today I would not be surprised if some of the students involved in these games go on to become the public sector leaders of the future.”
All the participants were mentored through the day by qualified CIPFA accountants who advised the students on all aspects of the issues they faced and tried to steer them through the complexities of the tasks they faced during the event.
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