Chartered accountants in Manchester who read this site will be aware that the CABA recently launched Workfriend to support accountants who have recently lost their job and wanted to brush up on their job search skills.
The Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association has now announced that this service has gone global and unemployed members throughout the world can now access the support they need.
Workfriend is an interactive career management system that is accessible completely online. It contains a library of video, audio and written materials along with three months access to a personal telephone career coach.
Helena Coxshall, the head of operations at CABA, explained that the Association aims to help all ICAEW members and many of them are based in countries with significant unemployment. It was therefore decided to make the Workfriend service available on an international basis. So far Workfriend has been well received in the UK and because of the online nature of the service it has been possible to extend its reach.
Last year, unemployment was the second most frequent reason why chartered accountants contacted CABA; financial problems being the first.
Ms Coxshall went on to explain that the Association gets calls every day from accountants who are without work, and with continuing grim economic news, the situation does not look like changing in the immediate future.
Workfriend is designed to assist unemployed accountants improve the way they present themselves to potential employers and we hope to see positive results from the scheme this year, she added.