By Staff Reporter
AS part of its talent scouting programme, PWC offers a number of bursaries to Namibian students that show academic promise and want to further their university studies at local and South African institutions. “But we have more bursaries than are taken up,” PWC partner in charge of the Walvis Bay office Ansie Rossouw told Confidente at the just-ended Erongo Expo. She said they have taken a number of measures to boost the quality and availability of accounting services and skills at the coast, including the offer of bursaries and business- related courses at their newly establish Business School at the coast. Grade 12 students with Maths and Accounting at higher level, or at least an A+ at ordinary level – if their school does not offer those subjects at higher level – will be happy to hear they are eligible to apply for the PWC bursaries on offer. Shortlisted candidates then undergo a brief interview process and psychometric test to assess their readiness for further studies. Accounting students who are already enrolled at university and who are academic achievers can also apply for PWC bursaries. Rossouw said their office at Walvis Bay also offers an annual two-day Accounting School to Grade 11 learners to introduce them to the profession. The last such workshop was in October, where the young participants were given a practical introduction to basic accounting principles, including through the use of games. This process helps the company identify talented students. In support of the wider business community, PWC opened its Business School at Walvis Bay in July, where they offer classroom-style lectures and focus group seminars in a range of courses on topics, such as basic accounting, and VAT compliance for executives and staff. The Business School also offers a twoday course designed for company directors, setting out the roles and responsibilities of directors, as well as a course on Finance for Non-Finance Professionals, which inter alia, teaches one how to interpret a financial statement. They also offer courses in Basic Microsoft skills, including the use of Excel spreadsheets and Office Word. Rossouw was also keen to note that they send out a regular tax newsletter to which interested readers can subscribe by going to their website pwc.com.na. And those who are left dumbfounded by the complexities of the tax return forms can use the services of Tax Tim, an online tool that helps users fill out their tax return forms in an easy-to-use narrative question and answer method.
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