Professional services firm PwC has increased the number of Higher Apprentice vacancies it will recruit this year to 120, a 10% increase on previous years. The additional roles are in tax and management consultancy, for which training will begin this Autumn.
PwC was the first to launch a Higher Apprenticeship in professional services and the first to offer a non graduate route into management consulting. students qualify at level 4, equivalent to the first rung on the Higher Education ladder, and have the opportunity to be operating at the same level in the organisation as their graduate peers after as little as two years. The jobs are based across England and Northern Ireland.
Students work on live business assignments as part of a two year training programme, during which they will gain knowledge of the industry and market, technical skills, leadership skills and commercial awareness, while studying for a professional qualification accredited by the relevant national industry accreditation bodies.
Since launching the Higher Apprenticeship, applications to the school leaver entry programmes have increased 43%. In February alone, PwC received over 250 applications for the first 60 vacancies in the firm’s tax division and to date has received over 1,500 applications, with another 1,500 applications expected for the remaining roles.
63% of the firm’s vacancies starting in September and October 2013 are already filled, and the new roles mean the application deadline will be extended to allow more students to consider applying after their A Level results in August. However with school leaver applications to PwC rising from 719 in 2007 to 2,514 in 2012, competition is building for the remaining places and firm’s recruitment team recommend early applications as soon as possible for remaining vacancies in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hull and Belfast.