Get a Head Start straight from school

University's not for everyone. Some of us want to get on the career path straight away.

Our opportunities are designed to help you develop your business skills while completing formal training, studying towards qualifications and doing real client work.

And you’ll have support from us all the way. So get a Head Start into your career. We’re proud, based on the opportunity that we offer, that students have voted us the number one Graduate Employer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey for the last 14 years.

What's involved?

If you join us straight from school or college, you'll earn a wage and get experience while working towards a number of qualifications, which will often include a Higher Apprenticeship. You've probably heard of Apprenticeships before, as a route into more practical jobs, like plumbing or building. Apprenticeships are available to you at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher levels. The Higher Apprenticeships are designed to meet employers’ needs at a level equivalent to Higher Education. And in professional services, the Higher Apprenticeship is a new qualification allowing you to build a successful career in business with a large employer, without requiring you to go to university or have a degree.

School and College Leaver Careers at PwC in NI

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Some aspects of our programme are similar to other school leaver opportunities, like the work you'll do on the job, the teams you'll work with or the professional qualifications you'll study towards.

But we provide a structured programme of development recognised and supported by both the government and professional bodies, to make sure you develop the full range of skills that you'll need with support every step of the way. There are three main parts to our School and College Leaver programme:

On-the-job-learning

  • You can make it right the way to the top of our business through a School and College leaver job. You’ll have access to the same opportunities as our graduates would

  • They can put you in the fast lane as long as you perform well, you can have the opportunity to reach the same level as a graduate joiner a year quicker than if you'd gone to university

  • You can expect to be challenged, you won't be making the tea or doing admin work, we only take on School and College leavers into teams that have a genuine need for them. You'll be doing real work and gaining technical knowledge from day one

  • You'll need to show us that you've got the key skills we look for, as well as a strong academic background. We look for the same core skills when we recruit - so we're looking for talented people at every level

  • We actively encourage you to learn from one another and support each other throughout the programme

In professional services, there's rarely an average day. Your work is likely to be varied and can sometimes be challenging.

Whichever part of our business you join, you'll support our teams, doing anything from using systems or doing research to drafting communication or going with senior workmates to meetings. You'll be based in one of our offices, but depending on your role, you may need to visit some of our clients offices. Gradually you’ll take on increasing levels of responsibility as your experience develops.
You’ll get a solid grounding in your chosen specialism plus regular training and updates to boost your development, so you'll spend some of your time studying at college, being coached on the job, learning independently or attending internal training events. We’ll give you study leave plus plenty of support, but you’ll need to study in your own time too. The hard work will be worth it when you pick up your qualifications, and the great thing is that by the time you complete your exams, you’ll have lots of valuable experience to build on.

You can make it right the way to the top of our business through a School and College leaver job. You’ll have access to the same opportunities as our graduates would.

They can put you in the fast lane - as long as you perform well, you can have the opportunity to reach the same level as a graduate joiner a year quicker than if you'd gone to university.
You can expect to be challenged - you won't be making the tea or doing admin work - we only take on School and College leavers into teams that have a genuine need for them, so you'll be doing real work and gaining technical knowledge from day one.
We set the bar high - to gain a place, you'll need to show us that you've got the key skills we look for, as well as a strong academic background. We look for the same core skills when we recruit for any of our roles across the business areas - so we're looking for talented people at every level. We actively encourage you to learn from one another and support each other throughout the programme.

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