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Whether you’re leaving school or returning from a gap year, there’s an incredible variety of career opportunities open to you. Whichever one you choose, you’ll get your career off to the best possible start.

Business Insight Week

Find out more about our new programme.

Higher Apprenticeships

Make the most of your good A Levels.

Flying Start Degree Programme

The best of both worlds, on our PwC endorsed degree.

Career opportunities


Whether you’re leaving school or returning from a gap year, there’s an incredible variety of career opportunities open to you. Whichever one you choose, you’ll get your career off to the best possible start.

To find out more about each opportunity please click on the programmes below.

Business Insight week

Are you in Year 12* with a keen interest in business?

Are you thinking about your next steps once you leave school or college?

Do you want to work with some of the most successful companies in the world?

Step into business with PwC's week-long summer programme

If you’re thinking about a career in business and want to discover what it’s like to work for a world-leading organisation, our Business Insight Week is a great place to start. Spend an action-packed week in a PwC office of your choice during your summer holiday - meeting our people, experiencing the work we do, developing your employability skills and making new friends. You’ll see how we advise household brands and global companies on everything from planning for the future, to how they can make best use of their technology and meet the challenges of a changing world of business. Plus, you’ll get coaching and advice from our recruitment team and if successful, have the opportunity to secure a full time role with us.

What's involved?

We’ll welcome you to PwC with a day’s training to get you started. This will be held in a central location and you’ll get to meet everyone else doing the Business Insight Week across the country, so you’ll make friends right from the start. The training day will give you everything you need to know about the week ahead, giving you the tools and confidence to make the most of the opportunity.

You’ll then spend time in the PwC office you’ve chosen, working alongside our people. By spending time with teams working on live projects and buddying up with a PwC Higher Apprentice, you’ll get a unique insight into how the world of business works, putting you a step ahead of the competition when you start looking for a job. We’ll also spend time helping you identify the employability skills you already have and how you can develop these further to give you the best possible start to a career in business.

Straight away, you'll realise how much you already have to offer – for instance, about dealing with different people and situations – thanks to a job you’ve had, a team you’ve been part of, or perhaps voluntary work you’ve done for a club or charity. More importantly, you'll be amazed at how swiftly you can build on your knowledge while you’re with us, applying it to the kinds of business scenarios you'd come across daily at PwC.

Our Business Insight Week will put you through your paces, including experiencing a real Assessment Day on your last day with us, but you’ll get guidance and support every step of the way to explore the work we do and the opportunities we can offer you. We’ll top it all off by sharing your experiences with other students on the programme, thinking about your next steps and celebrating a fantastic week.

Once you’ve finished the programme, we’ll spend time giving you valuable feedback on your performance, talking you through your options and helping you to decide on your next steps – which could include a fast track to securing a permanent role with us.

What you’ll gain

During this paid placement, you’ll spend time with top business professionals and recruiters as part of a one week experience. You’ll choose which office you'd like to join and we'll buddy you up with one of our Higher Apprentices to give you a real taste for what a job with us would involve. You’ll experience real work, from meetings and client communication, through to high-profile internal projects giving you real exposure to what life's like at PwC. You’ll also have a unique opportunity to develop your employability skills, giving you a great head start towards a successful career in business. Impress us during the week and you could even find yourself on a fast track towards a permanent role with us when you finish studying.

Application process

1. Click through to the vacancy to select which office you’d like to join us in

Our Business Insight Week is available at offices across the UK, so it’s up to you where you join. Use the link at the bottom of the page to see a list of vacancies available for the programme, then you can get started with your application. Please note we recruit on a first come, first served basis, so early application is recommended to make sure you get your preferred office location.

2. Fill in the online application form, including your predicted AS level grades

The application form will ask for your academic and personal information. You may not have sat any exams yet, and that’s ok. We'll need you to tell us your predicted AS level grades, so that we can make sure you’d be eligible for one of our permanent roles.

3. Complete some online verbal and numerical reasoning tests

You'll be asked to complete numerical and verbal reasoning tests. These are likely to be quite different to the kinds of tests you’ll have done before, so we’d strongly recommend doing some practice.

Try some sample questions plus tips on the best way to prepare at: www.psychtesting.org.uk, www.shldirect.com or www.savilleconsulting.com. The ability tests will be timed and you should work as quickly and accurately through the questions you're presented with. Ensure you read each question carefully and that you understand what's required before committing yourself to an answer, especially where multiple choice answers appear similar.

To read more about these kind of online assessments click here.

4. Telephone interview

We’ll organise a convenient time to give you a call to ask you about your career goals and motivations for joining the programme. You’ll need to demonstrate an understanding of PwC, show us that you understand what the Business Insight Week would involve and explain why you’d like to join us. To prepare for your interview you’ll do some research about PwC and the programme, and have a think about how joining the Business Insight Week will help you get where you want to go.

If you’re successful at this stage, we’ll make you an offer to join us on either 4 August 2014 or 18 August 2014 in your chosen office. Please note that in some offices only one of these dates will be available so please make sure you're available for both dates.

What you’ll need

No matter what background you’re from or what subjects you’re studying, we’d love you to join us. This is your chance to take the first step towards an incredible career in business.

You’ll need to be:

  • currently in Year 12* and studying for AS levels or equivalent,
  • interested in taking your first steps towards a career in business,
  • available for a week during your summer holidays between Year 12 and 13* from either 4 August or 18 August 2014, and
  • on track to achieve a minimum of a 120 UCAS tariff (three grade C's or above) from your AS levels. This should be from your top three AS level subjects excluding General Studies. You'll also need to have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE's at grade C or above including GCSE Maths and English Language or equivalent,
  • committed to your career ambitions and able to explain to us why you want to complete this programme.

Whilst we don't expect you to know it all just yet, the programme is aimed at talented young people from all backgrounds who are looking to jump into the world of business. We'll expect you to demonstrate commitment to your career ambitions, and explain to us why you want to complete this programme.

 

Our Business Insight Week would take place in your summer holidays between Years 12 and 13*, with the opportunity to secure a Higher Apprenticeship with us once you’ve completed your A-Levels - so whilst age doesn't matter it’s important that you’re at the correct stage in your formal education. If you’re in Year 13 or have left school we’d encourage you to attend a Career Information Day or apply directly for one of our Higher Apprenticeship positions.

*If you're applying for our Northern Ireland vacancies, you'll need to be in Year 13 and studying for your AS Levels or equivalent.

Please note that due to high demand, our opportunities in London aren't available at this present time. If none of our other locations are suitable, please register your interest here to be added to our mailing list to keep in touch with us about news, updates and further opportunities or click here to attend one of our Career Information Days.
 

PwC Higher Apprenticeship programme

You may be thinking more broadly about your options after you finish school or college. You’ll be pleased to hear you can jump straight into the world of work if you have some good A levels behind you (or equivalent). Vocational and work based learning is a real option if you’re interested in earning a wage and gaining some professional qualifications.

Our Higher Apprenticeship programme is a real alternative for talented individuals who are interested in a career in accountancy, finance or consulting.

Our programme is designed to help develop your business skills whilst undertaking formal training and qualifications. You’ll take an accredited route to a highly skilled career at PwC within a nationally recognised framework.

Assurance

Assurance is our name for audit and other related services. In this business area we carry out examinations and inspections of our client’s data to help them accurately express the financial and non-financial position of their businesses at a point in time.

This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Think about all the money coming into and out of a business like a football club or fashion label. Some of it’s easy to account for, like clothing in a warehouse or ticket sales. But how do you decide how much a brand is worth or prove how valuable a player is? And how can you accurately reflect the value of these things in the financial statements?

In Assurance, you’d work with clients to pin down the financial position of their business and how they can prove that value to the people it matters to.

An accurate understanding of the health of their finances means our clients can make decisions about what to do next. But it’s also important to the staff who depend on the client for employment, investors who’ve used their hard-earned cash to buy shares in the company, and the government or regulatory organisations whose job it is to make sure companies behave in the right way.

What you'd do

You can specialise in:

  • Public Services
  • Pensions Audit
  • Core Assurance

Whichever area you decide to join, a position in Assurance provides you with the opportunity to be part of the team that gets to grips with every aspect of clients’ activities, understanding their business to identify where our high-quality audit can add insight and value. It’s critical work that underpins investor confidence, makes our clients more competitive and develops the market economy.

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 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. Whichever area you work in, you'll enjoy plenty of interaction with clients in meetings and over the phone. You’ll get a solid grounding in your specialism plus regular training and updates to boost your development. And gradually you’ll take on your own portfolio of clients as you progress. 

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.

Consulting

Management Consulting helps some of the world’s most significant organisations become even more effective quickly. We support them to improve the way they operate; accelerate their growth; reduce their costs; manage their risks; develop their talent and change the way they do business. In doing so, we focus on their agendas and the big issues they need to deal with, both today and in the future.

The Consulting team delivers practical, insightful advice, helping our clients get straight to the heart of the big business issues. Like what can make a brand so successful that customers will pay a premium and keep coming back? We help clients look at things in new ways, identify where they need to focus and make changes where they should.

The internal teams who support our client work are vital. Among many other things, they make sure our consultants are up to speed with the latest business developments and that we have the systems to support the complex work we do. As part of an internal team you’d see that our clients get the very best from PwC and build your own understanding of how our Consulting business operates.

What you’ll do

You’ll specialise in:

  • Management Consulting

As an apprentice you’ll build a range of core skills on a two-year structured programme where you’ll experience what we do and develop yourself along the way.

You’ll rotate across a range of internal project work, focussing on developing a new set of business skills. This experience, combined with technical training and an emphasis on continual learning, will equip you with the skills to really make a difference. You’ll support busy teams by using PwC’s systems to analyse how our business is performing, and doing anything from research to drafting correspondence to going with senior colleagues to meetings.

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. This takes two years and will enable you to secure a Certificate in Management Consulting Practice as a core part of your Higher Apprenticeship. We’ll give you study leave for your training and revision 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 Management Consulting Practice Level 4 to recognise your on the job learning. Whichever area you work in, you'll have a vital role in helping an internal team improve their processes or support a PwC client team to identify a client’s issues, come up with potential solutions and put them into practice. You’ll get a solid grounding in core business skills and gain a deep understanding of what makes our Consulting team run smoothly, from technology to learning and development. You’ll undertake regular training and updates to continually support your development and can look forward to gradually taking on client responsibilities as you progress.

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.

Deals

Overview

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 Level 4 Diploma 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

  • 280 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent)

Forensic Services

From day one you'll start to build a promising career, specialising in the Forensic Services part of our Deals business. You'll be learning on the job by working on client assignments alongside more experienced team members.

What you’d do

Our Forensic Services team helps clients get to the bottom of particularly complex business issues. We work with them to investigate, analyse and resolve anything from a fraud allegation to a merger and acquisition dispute. Or, from an accounting irregularity to a regulatory breach and providing expert advice on how to move forward. Working with the team you’ll get involved in investigating the issues that make the headlines.

In your first couple of years, you'll get exposure to different clients and challenges. You’ll get to know several aspects of the Forensic Services business and the other parts of PwC that we regularly work with. This invaluable on-the-job experience will develop you technically and personally.

Due to the nature of the work you'll be carrying out, you'll need to demonstrate an inquisitive personality - as well as a good degree of persistence. You'll need to be persuasive, with the ability to build trusting relationships that could yield a vital piece of evidence or data that helps your client. You’ll get an invaluable insight into a wide range of businesses and will be given responsibility from day one.

The sort of tasks you could be involved in include:

  • Preparing and analysing financial information
  • Supporting the team in project administration
  • Reviewing reports for quality and consistency
  • Carrying out research and analytics
  • Complying with office procedures and regulatory requirements

You’ll need to be flexible, mobile and be willing to stay away from home or work overtime as and when needed.

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 towards a globally recognised and respected professional qualification.  And the great thing is, by the time you complete your exams, you’ll have lots of valuable experience to build on.

You’ll also complete the nationally recognised Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship framework, helping you to gain your Higher Apprenticeship Award alongside your Professional Qualification. This will include developing technical skills and leadership skills as well as building self awareness, and commercial awareness.

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.

Transaction Services

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.

Tax

Learn everything the UK’s leading Tax practices can teach you. Joining our Tax practice will provide you with the opportunity to work within a team covering an arena which is increasingly growing ever more complex. 

Tax is all about helping our clients to understand what tax they need to pay and how they can manage this in the most effective and ethical way.

Every time you buy a packet of crisps, go to the cinema, top up your phone credit or get paid for your part-time job, some of your money gets paid to the government. Well, imagine how many different kinds of tax you’d have to think about if you were employing staff, making millions of pounds in profits or relocating to another country.

Many of these things are everyday business for our clients, so it’s essential that they understand what their tax obligations are and how to manage these effectively. These days tax is headline news, making it more important than ever that our clients can be confident that they’re working within the scope of legislation and show that they’re doing the right thing, while also managing tax effectively for their business and their staff.

Working in tax at PwC puts you at the forefront of new developments and legislation, helping our clients – from international businesses to wealthy individuals – plan for the future and manage their tax affairs in the right way.

What you’d do

You can specialise in:

  • Corporate & Indirect Tax – focusing on Corporation Tax or VAT Compliance
  • Human Resource Consulting

You’ll join a team of experts, and your role will be to support these busy client teams who provide clients with advice and guidance about issues surrounding paying and minimising their tax bills. Your responsibilities will include a wide range of tasks which will vary depending upon the area of Tax you join.

You'll be involved in a wide variety of work from creating and tailoring client documents, to establishing and developing relationships with HM Revenue and Customs or the Inland Revenue. Whichever team you join, you can expect to get involved in technical research, drafting client correspondence and attending meetings with more senior members of the team.

Depending on the team you join, you could find yourself providing Tax advice on; mergers & acquisitions, corporation tax, transfer pricing, treasury & finance, international structuring, indirect tax, tax compliance, workforce structuring, reward and compensation frameworks, expatriate tax and international mobility. Clients include global players, FTSE 100 companies and Middle Market organisations. 

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 Association of Tax Technicians (ATT). This takes two years and will enable you to secure relevant professional awards as a core part of your Higher Apprenticeship. 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 Tax Practice Level 4 to recognise your on the job learning. Whichever area you work in, you'll enjoy plenty of interaction with clients – from multinationals to ambitious start-ups across a wide range of industry sectors – in meetings and over the phone. You’ll get a solid grounding in your tax specialism plus regular training and updates to keep you up to speed with the latest legislation and boost your development. Gradually you’ll take on your own portfolio of clients as you progress.

What you'll need

A minimum of 240 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.

Flying Start degree programmes

If you want to go to university, and know you want to ultimately have a career as an accountant, then our PwC-endorsed degree offers the best of both worlds. It could set you on your path to qualify more quickly as a Chartered Accountant, and means you could even secure a job offer with us once you graduate. That’s why we call it our Flying Start Degree Programme. You get a traditional university experience as a full-time student, alongside paid work placements with our Assurance practice and real exposure to our world-class clients.

You can apply through UCAS at the following Universities:

Henley Business School at the University of Reading

Combine work with study at Henley Business School at the University of Reading on this new partnership degree programme whilst you fast track your career.  As you progress through this four year BA (Hons) Accounting & Business (UCAS code NN41) degree programme you will be working toward the ICAEW’s Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification. You will also get to put theory into practice, by assisting PwC’s assurance team on client projects over three paid, progressive work placements – easing the cost of going to university and developing vital employability skills you will need for your career going forward.  Successful graduates from the programme can expect to receive a full time job offer from PwC and because you have already completed three placements you can expect to be a step ahead of your peers by the time you join us.

For further information, visit these websites:
www.henley.reading.ac.uk/pwc

www.icaew.co.uk/students

PwC & Henley brochure: Click here to download

Newcastle University

This programme is for you if you’ve decided on university and an accountancy career. You’ll qualify as a Chartered Accountant about a year after you graduate on this innovative four-year BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance degree (UCAS Code NN14) at Newcastle University. Developed in partnership with Newcastle University Business School and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), it combines the study of business, accounting and finance with paid work placements at PwC. The mix of theory and practice, plus the fact that you’ll pick up a range of vital business skills, mean you’ll be a step ahead of your peers by the time you join us.  

For further information, visit these websites:
www.ncl.ac.uk/flyingstart
www.icaew.co.uk/students

PwC & Newcastle Brochure: Click here to download

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