ACCA UK has teamed up with UK charity Migrant Leaders to help find and develop the next generation of talent for the accountancy profession.

Migrant Leaders aims to inspire and develop disadvantaged young people across the UK and provide bespoke support to give them the knowledge, skills and confidence to enter and take on leadership roles in major public and private sector organisations.

ACCA UK head Claire Bennison said: “Migrant Leaders has a real commitment to inclusion and tackling social mobility. It’s inspirational to be working with them on their mission to support young people from all backgrounds to access quality education and careers provision to improve their life chances. We’d certainly encourage eligible ACCA students apply as the programme’s benefits are tangible.

“Successful candidates will have access to mentors and quality work connections as well as engaging online modules, resources and workshops to help them raise their aspirations and fulfil their true potential. The range of programme mentors is exceptional, with expertise across the financial, professional services and various other industry sectors.”

Applicants must be aged 16-25 and meet other eligibility criteria including currently or previously being in state education, and either they or at least one of their parents must have migrated to the UK, or as a non-migrant they must be from a disadvantaged background of any ethnicity.

Migrant Leaders founder and CEO Elham Fardad said: “In the UK, disadvantaged graduates earn half as much as privileged peers in their first job. It’s time we turn education into tangible career success and progression by levelling the playing field. I am immensely proud to be part of the partnership between Migrant Leaders and ACCA UK, an organisation that has certainly played a key role in my own finance and leadership career.”