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From Trainee to Citizen – enter SAICA’s Trainee Trailblazer competition today

Last Updated Aug 2020

Johannesburg: Thursday 20 August 2019 – Are you a SAICA trainee with a passion for citizenship or do you know a SAICA trainee who is? Don’t underestimate yourself, your achievements or your desire to change the world. If you’re making a real difference in society, you have what it takes to be the first SAICA Trainee Trailblazer.

SAICA’s new Trainee Trailblazer Competition is an initiative that recognises and rewards aspiring chartered accountants [CAs(SA)] and Associate General Accountants [AGAs(SA)] who are trailblazing their way to making a real and tangible impact on society.

“As future members or associates of SAICA, trainees are expected to become responsible leaders who behave ethically and create sustainable value for a wide range of stakeholders. This acumen is known as “citizenship” and it recognises that individuals and organisations have a responsibility to the communities in which they function as Personal, Business, Professional and Global Citizens” explains Tonia Jackson, SAICA Project Director: Training.

With a focus on Citizenship, the 2020 Trainee Trailblazer Competition will showcase, encourage and share how trainees have stepped up and contributed, in this challenging year, to the lives of their peers, families, friends, communities and training offices.” continues Jackson.

How do trainees enter?

The Trainee Trailblazer competition is open to all trainees who are currently completing a training contract at a SAICA-accredited training office.

To enter, trainees need to visit, submit a video that is between 30 seconds and 2 minutes long summarising their contribution, together with a brief biography.

Once entries close, SAICA will notify the top 20 selected trainees who will be required to prepare and submit a longer five-minute video summarizing their contribution in more detail. These videos will be judged by a panel of Citizenship role models, who will select the Top 5 candidates. These individuals will then be invited to deliver a 20-minute presentation detailing their citizenship contribution at the online Trainee Trailblazer awards ceremony on 29 October 2020 where they will compete for the coveted title of Trainee Trailblazer 2020, a cash prize, money towards a community project/charity of their choice; money towards training in a skill/acumen relevant to CA2025; a one-on-one mentorship session with a member of the selection panel and much more.

Entries for the 2020 Trainee Trailblazer Competition are now open and close on 4 September 2020. 

SAICA, South Africa’s pre-eminent accountancy body, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading accounting institutes. The Institute provides a wide range of support services to more than 46 000 members and associates who are chartered accountants [CAs(SA)], as well as associate general accountants (AGAs(SA)) and accounting technicians (ATs(SA)), who hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in every sphere of commerce and industry, and who play a significant role in the nation’s highly dynamic business sector and economic development.

Chartered Accountants are highly valued for their versatile skill set and creative lateral thinking, that's why the top 100 Global Brands all employ Chartered Accountants*.

*Source: CAW, 2020 – Interbrand, Best Global Brands 2019

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