Training, learning & development

Wherever you join us you'll benefit from arguably the best structured training and development around. For some areas of our business this will include studying towards a professional qualification. There's no better way to reach your full potential.

 
 
 
 

Your development

Your programme is designed to build broad and deep knowledge.

Qualifications

Depending on the business area you join, and the route you take.

Your first five years

Think longer term and plan your career with us.

Training & development

 

Wherever you join us you'll benefit from arguably the best structured training and development around. For some areas of our business this will include studying towards a professional qualification. There's no better way to reach your full potential.

What you can expect from us

We value our people, and we make sure you’ll have access to the best support network, to help you achieve your best. Having this in place means you’ll grow and develop, as your career progress’s over time. Your development programme’s been designed to build broad, deep, knowledge and understanding across six areas. Each will give you the support and confidence to progress in your chosen career. Whichever business area start your career in, we’ll help you develop the skills and knowledge you need, which you’ll be able to apply in your role across our business, and which will stay with you throughout your career.

Training

In your first two to three years you’ll focus on getting a good balance of business, personal and technical skills. For many, working towards a professional qualification will be part of your technical skills training. Your first exam attempt will be fully funded by us. You may experience different methods of learning, as we appreciate that people like to learn using different techniques, and benefit from the flexibility this brings. Methods range from classroom courses, e-learning and remote study supported by online learning tools, all are designed to help you build the skills and knowledge you need to pass your exams on your first attempt. It’s worth knowing, we have excellent pass rates, usually well above the Professional bodies pass rates. We understand working towards a professional qualification is a significant commitment and requires self-discipline and motivation. This is why we make sure you’ll have access to a dedicated Professional Qualifications Development Team, and have access to a strong support network which will include - your people manager, external tutors, buddies and your peers. All of them will be familiar with what you’re going through, as they’ve experienced it as well.

Coaching

Everyone is different, and we’ll make sure you have the support, guidance and advice you need. You’ll start having constructive and informative, one-to-one conversations about your development goals early. Your first will be with your people manager during your induction. You’ll also have a buddy to help you settle in during your first few weeks; and a partner or director mentor to boost your understanding of both us, and your longer-term opportunities.

Feedback

We pride ourselves on making sure our people continuously give and get, constructive, focused feedback, and you will too. We’ll encourage you to sum up your performance first, and then get the views of others, which you then evaluate with your people manager, to set goals and objectives . The aim is to help you learn from, and build on your experiences, and the experiences of others. It works both ways too. You’ll regularly be asked to give feedback on the people you work with as part of their appraisal.

Variety of work

You’ll enjoy it day-to-day, as well as in your ongoing career. You'll work in different teams and offices; experience different clients and types of project; try out new roles and even sample other business areas.

Mobility

After two years, and regularly after that, you’ll be encouraged to broaden and deepen your knowledge even further. You'll look at, and build upon, what you've done to date and think about your next steps. You might consider exploring new opportunities; perhaps you’ll join a new team, tackle different responsibilities in the same team, or relocate. But whatever that is, you’ll learn constantly, and enjoy a career that's stimulating, challenging and rewarding.

Self awareness

Like everyone, you’ll have strengths and weaknesses. Through constructive feedback, coaching and formal learning, we’ll help you understand what they are. This is so you can build and develop your strengths, and put measures in place to turn areas of weakness into strengths too. This will all help you develop, and build your skills and knowledge.

What we’ll expect from you

You’ll need to manage your time effectively when you start. This is vital in helping you make sure you get the best from your technical, business and personal effectiveness, skills training. You’ll constantly be learning. During your induction especially, there’s a lot of information you’ll need to take in - meeting new people, getting to know our business, and our culture – are all just the start. For those of you taking a professional qualification, this can be demanding, so make sure you think about the points listed below:

  • Dedicating your time to work and study - avoid taking holidays or days off when you first join to allow yourself time to settle in, make friends and start your studies
  • During studies - your tutors will regularly update the Professional Qualifications Development team, and your people manager on how you’re doing during your course or learning programme. This means we can spot early on if extra help and support are needed
  • Putting in the study time - compared to university, it's a different ball game. You’ll need to do consolidation and revision outside normal course hours. Make sure you to find the most productive places to revise - whether that's at home, in the office or in the library and/or on your own or with peers. Whatever works for you!Concessions - we have a Concessions Manager who’ll help you with any educational or disability needs. This could mean you’re eligible for appropriate adjustments to your training. This will all help to make sure you have the best opportunity of passing your exams first time. But most of all, it’s so you know you’ll have access to extra support if you need it. Make sure you contact them if you need help and guidance.

Remember, a Professional Qualification opens up a world of possibilities. It requires lots of hard work and dedication on your part. But invest the time and effort now, and the extra knowledge, self-confidence and personal credibility you’ll gain once you’ve completed your training will pay huge long-term dividends.

Qualifications

For most of our business areas, study towards a professional qualification is likely to be a big part of your first few years with us. The qualification you do depends on the business area you join and the route you decide to take.

Becoming a Chartered Accountant

Which areas can you join depending on the business area you join?

Assurance, Tax and Financial Advisory*

Who do you study with?

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

Why these institutes?

Popular, widely respected and broad-based, these qualifications give you a great grounding in accounting, audit and assurance, business finance, business strategy, financial management, financial reporting, law and taxation.

How long does it take?

Usually about three years.

*Not all vacancies in Financial Advisory offer a professional qualification. Please make sure you check the vacancy description.

Becoming a Chartered Tax Advisor

Which areas can you join depending on the business area you join?

Indirect Tax

Who do you study with?

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)

Why these institutes?

The CIOT is the leading professional body in the UK for advisers dealing with all aspects of taxation. The qualification develops your expertise in indirect taxation, including VAT , Customs Duty and a number of other taxes.

How long does it take?

You will initially undertake the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) qualification before moving to Chartered Tax Advisory (CTA) this will take approximately 3 years in total.

Becoming a qualified Actuary

Which areas can you join?

Actuarial

Who do you study with?

Institute of Actuaries

How long does it take?

You could qualify with Institute and Faculty of Actuaries inside four years. The industry average is six years.

Why this institution?

This qualification develops your expertise in statistical modelling, economics, finance and financial reporting, financial mathematics, actuarial mathematics, communications, pensions and benefits, investment and asset management, life insurance and general insurance.

Joining Consulting

You don’t need to do any professional qualifications.