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Our teams in Deals guide clients through major deals, organisational changes and strategic decisions. We help them to manage a wide range of particular financial situations, both good and bad.
When an airline goes into administration, what happens to the people who’ve bought their flights? Who decides whether they’ll be compensated? Who pays them? How about the staff, who will employ them to deal with the customers ringing up to ask what’s happened?
Businesses in financial trouble are among some of the clients we help. Our Business Recovery Services teams will go into a failing business and work with the client to turn things around, restructure the business, find someone else to take it on or help to run the business down so it can be closed. You might be surprised to know it can take years to get a business to the point where it can shut its doors, and often there are other solutions which mean it doesn’t need to come to that.
On the other hand, when our clients are doing really well, they may want to expand by buying another organisation or refocus by selling off part of the business. Our Transactions Services teams help clients through the process of valuing and buying or selling, in much the same way you’d do with a house or car, to make sure the right price is being paid and everything runs smoothly.
As a Higher Apprentice in our Deals practice, you'll specialise in either Business Recovery Services or Transaction Services.
Business Recovery Services
Our Business Recovery Services (BRS) practice is one of the UK’s largest. We advise under-performing companies on restructuring, refinancing, mergers & acquisitions and insolvency scenarios – all to find the best way forward for the business and its stakeholders.
What you'd do:
In BRS, you’ll have the opportunity to work in one of the most unpredictable and challenging areas of PwC. The BRS team is so much more than accountancy and numbers, and your experience here could open doors to a rewarding career within other parts of PwC. You’ll learn to become an all round insolvency and business advisory specialist and develop the invaluable skills that'll allow you to work with businesses that have already failed and those that are facing varied and complex issues.
Right from the start, you’ll be learning on the job by working on live cases within your team. One day you might be liaising with employees, customers, suppliers and creditors of the company, which calls for tact, sensitivity and assertiveness. The next day you could be assisting with the preparation of reports or collating data, requiring problem solving and attention to detail. This varied on-the-job experience will be hard work but as you learn, you'll develop technically and personally.
How you’ll develop
As part of the Higher Apprenticeship programme you'll undertake a structured, self directed learning programme, gaining knowledge of the industry and market, technical skills, self development & awareness, leadership skills and commercial awareness.
You’ll enjoy plenty of practical, on-the-job training while studying for a professional qualification. We’ll give you study leave to go to college plus plenty of support, but you’ll need to study in your own time too. The hard work will be worth it though when you pick up your qualification. And the great thing is, by the time you complete your exams, you’ll have lots of valuable experience to build on.
At the same time, you'll study for a nationally recognised qualification and secure a Diploma in Audit Practice Level 4 to recognise your on the job learning. You'll develop skills that’ll help you build a career both in BRS and the wider firm, from the key aspects of managing a portfolio of insolvency cases to looking at every facet of a business with a critical eye - weighing up all you see and hear against the current financial situation and coming up with a plan to help your clients.
What you'll need
Please note that if you have a degree, you may find our graduate opportunities more appropriate. Having a degree does not lead to faster progression through this programme.
In Transaction Services you’ll join a team that helps support clients in the fast-paced mergers & acquisitions sector, advising throughout the deal cycle from planning beforehand to supporting after the deal has gone through. We help clients looking to buy a business, sell all or part of their business, refinance or list on stock exchanges through Initial Public Offerings. This is an exciting area to work in, involving significant amounts of money. Our fast growing Transaction Services practice is a market leader, advising on some of the largest and most complex cross-border deals, which means there are lots of opportunities to learn and develop new skills.
What you'd do:
Right from the start, you’ll be learning on the job by working on live deals within your team.You’ll, get involved in many different tasks, supporting and working alongside our Financial Due Diligence and Valuations project teams and learning about all aspects of a deal. One day you might be supporting the delivery team in project administration, or reviewing reports for quality and consistency. Another you could be doing valuable company research and analytics, or work on providing an initial company valuation, or find yourself populating and analysing information within data packs. With every task you’re involved in, there’ll be lots of variety and opportunity to take on real responsibility and build your expertise. This exciting role may involve travel and the need to stay away from home for periods of time.
How you’ll develop
As part of the Higher Apprenticeship programme you'll undertake a structured, self directed learning programme, gaining knowledge of the industry and market, technical skills, self development & awareness, leadership skills and commercial awareness
You’ll enjoy plenty of practical, on-the-job training while studying for a professional qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). This takes two years and will enable you to secure a Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) as a core part of your Apprenticeship. We’ll give you support as you study, but you’ll need to study in your own time. The hard work will be worth it though when you pick up your qualification. And the great thing is, by the time you complete your exams, you’ll have lots of valuable experience to build on.
At the same time, you'll study for a nationally recognised qualification and secure a Diploma in Audit Practice Level 4 to recognise your on the job learning. You'll develop skills that’ll help you build a career both in Transaction Services and the wider firm, learning about the key aspects of undertaking a business deal.
What you'll need
A minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points from up to three A Levels (excluding General Studies) or equivalent qualifications. The exams must have been sat in the same academic year and we do not consider re-sits.