Access Accountancy

Driving social mobility for

school and college leavers

The challenge

Access Accountancy is a collaboration between some of the UK’s largest accountancy firms, including EY, PwC and Deloitte.

As a group they observed a distinct lack of diversity in the sector. They also discovered school and college leavers were mystified and unattracted by the profession.

Their team came to us with three clear goals which have evolved throughout our 3 year partnership:

  • Dispel myths and encourage school leavers into a career in accountancy

  • Simply and creatively explain the different paths into accountancy

  • Increase the diversity of those engaged, with a specific focus on social mobility


Met social mobility criteria


Female participation

Our campaign

Our team took a bold approach and launched ‘The Secret Career’. We decided NOT to reveal the company or sector behind the challenge.

The Secret Career involved a short, informal quiz, with all questions secretly relating to accountancy.

‘Accountancy’ was not revealed as the hidden career until after students had completed the challenge. The idea was to challenge their expectations and perceptions through a sleight of hand.

We reached the audience on a nationwide scale via digital media, national fairs and in-classroom events.

There was a specific focus on educating young people from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. To encourage them not to rule themselves out of a rewarding career.

Participants were in with a chance of winning work experience with the partnered employers or laptops to increase their digital access.

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The results

Our multi-channel approach has reached and promoted accountancy to 1 million year 12 + 13 school and college students.

1 million +

Interactions with school and college leavers


of participants met social mobility criteria


of participants were female Women are underrepresented in accountancy so engaging with SO many female students really supported our push for increasing diversity.



“I am very happy to have been shortlisted and selected as one of the lucky winners of the Secret Career challenge. I intend on getting a laptop to further my studies as I have always been using my phone to study.

“Thank you to Access Accountancy and RateMyApprenticeship for this wonderful gesture."