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West College Scotland recently teamed up with River Clyde Homes (RCH) for a work-based challenge for their Foundation Apprentice Accounting students.

FA Accounting Students Resized And Cropped

The 6th year students from schools across Renfrewshire, attend the colleges Paisley campus 3-4 afternoon per week to complete their accounting course.

For their work-based unit River Clyde Homes set the students a scenario-based challenge, where they were given basic information on the company; who they are and what they do, and were asked to work on a theoretical situation where RCH had been given £50 million to spend. The students were then invited to produce a plan which helped RCH, it’s tenants and offered community benefits.

Yvonne Kerr, Finance Manager at RCH visited the students to carry out a Q&A session that would help inform their decisions and was very impressed, commenting,

The group had clearly done their homework and were able to ask some excellent and challenging questions about our services, local area and the community.

After carrying out further research, investigating potential projects including costings and reviewing the pros and cons, the students delivered their presentation to Yonne and her team on how RCH could best spend the money.

Yvonne commented,

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with these young men and to see them develop.

'We were really impressed with the research the conducted into our organisation and their suggested for spending the £50 million.”

Having passed their course, the students are getting ready to embark on their HNC Accounting at the College this summer.