Supporting a Student

Right now, it can be a challenging time to be navigating your early career decisions, with so many options and opportunities available to students as they leave school or college.

Whether you’re a parent, sibling, friend, extended family member, or simply want to help a young person within your network at this critical stage in their lives, we’re here to support you. 

Entering the world of work for the first time can be daunting for young people. As a key source of support in their lives, you’ll have questions too. We think it’s important to support you with information about the full range of opportunities available, so that you can help them make the choice that’s right for them and give themselves the best possible chance of success.

PwC’s Schools Engagement Team is here to offer support and guidance at every stage of the journey with information, coaching, and feedback for students, but one of the best ways you can help is by listening, offering your encouragement and boosting their confidence. We hope that these pages will aid you in having some of the background information to help you do just that.

PwC - who we are and what we do

PwC is a professional services firm. This means that we support all kinds of different organisations, to solve important business problems - from providing an independent view of how they’re performing, to helping them make significant changes, understanding complex tax laws, using the latest technology and much more. Our people are the heart of our organisation, and we’re a great place to begin building a successful business career - offering a variety of opportunities to over 1000 school and college students every year.

   

Understanding the options on offer

At PwC there are three routes on offer to students: graduate or undergraduate positions, Flying Start degree programmes or full time School and College Leaver opportunities. All routes offer the same deal; the opportunity for them to grow as individuals, gain relevant qualifications and experience in the world of business, to meet new people, and build lasting relationships. Their hard work will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a personally tailored benefits package. And there's no limit to how far they can progress, regardless of their chosen route. We also offer work experience opportunities for year 12 students, so they can begin their journey with us before they leave school or college.

You can read about each programme in more detail on the relevant pages linked below, but here’s an overview of the key facts you’ll want to know:

 

  • School & College Leaver Opportunities
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    Duration

    2-4 years

    Qualifications

    Level 4 Apprenticeship Qualification
    Professional Qualification (Tax, Audit, Deals)

    Locations

    Nationwide

    Financial Considerations

    Salary paid throughout and qualifications fully funded

    Progression

    Upon completion merge onto a graduate level pathway

    Right for them if...

    They enjoy learning in an applied way through coaching

    They want to start their career immediately

    On track for 96 UCAS points or above

  • Flying Start Degree - Accountancy
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    Duration

    4 years

    Qualifications

    Degree
    ACA Chartered Accountancy Qualification

    Locations

    Henley Business School (Reading), Uni of Nottingham, Uni of Manchester, Uni of Newcastle

    Financial Considerations

    Tuition fees not subsidised
    Salary paid during placements
    ACA qualification embedded within degree study

    Progression

    Upon graduation join a level above a traditional graduate joiner

    Right for them if...

    They want to experience University but gain work experience and secure a graduate job

    They know they’d like to become a chartered accountant

    On track for AAB at A-Level

  • Flying Start Degree - Technology
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    Duration

    4 years

    Qualifications

    Degree
    Level 6 Apprenticeship (Degree level)

    Locations

    University of Birmingham, The University of Leeds, The University of Edinburgh, Queens University Belfast

    Financial Considerations

    Tuition fees subsidised
    Salary paid throughout degree and placement

    Progression

    Upon graduation join a level above a traditional graduate joiner

    Right for them if...

    They want to experience University but gain work experience and secure a graduate job

    They know they'd like a career in tech

    On track for AAA at A-Level and studying maths/computer science

  • Undergraduate/Graduate
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    Duration

    3-4 years

    Qualifications

    Degree

    Locations

    Nationwide

    Financial Considerations

    Tuition fees not subsidised
    Will need to apply for paid work/placements

    Progression

    Join a graduate programme upon graduation

    Right for them if...

    They know where/what they’d like to study at Uni

    They want to gain work experience through internships/business placement year

On some of our programmes, joiners work towards an apprenticeship level qualification, alongside other professional qualifications. You may find the table useful when reviewing the apprenticeship levels we offer.

Work experience

We offer paid week-long work experience programmes for students in their penultimate year of school or college. Further information can be found here.

 

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at Grades A*-C or 9-4
Advanced 3 2 A Level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

How you can help

The most important thing you can do is just be there for your young person, listen to them, help them to consider different options and perspectives and support them to find their own way, but there are also some practical steps you can take:

Encourage them to thoroughly research the different options and routes available - explore company websites, UCAS and University Prospectus’, Reviews on websites like Rate My Apprenticeship and All About School Leavers. You could help them draw up a pros and cons list for each of their options, and reflect on their strengths, values and what they enjoy. Going along to open events is a brilliant way to get a feel for different learning and employment environments, but it can be a daunting step - encourage your young person to search for events and sign up to a Virtual Event, Career Open day or Open Evening - even better, come along with them!

You could offer to proofread their application form and/or personal statement – accuracy for all the information they provide is essential here, so a second pair of eyes could be useful!

Support them to research the skills we look for and build their confidence by encouraging them to come up with ideas of where and how they might already have developed these; sports teams, part-time jobs and college coursework are just a few examples of everyday activities where they’re developing and demonstrating the skills we look for.

Talk to them about recent news stories and the business impact of these. Provide some business media over the breakfast table or over a cup of tea, as discussing these helps them to develop their commercial understanding and their point of view, which they’ll need to demonstrate in a recruitment process.

Help them to ensure they understand the recruitment process, we have a decidated Employability Hub. We provide support and guidance throughout, so make sure they ask for help and any adjustments where they need it, and build their confidence by having a go at the sample assessments we provide. Reassure them that we’re looking for them to be themselves! 

 

If they decide to join us

What a fantastic achievement - you should be rightly proud of them! It’s important to us that students taking their first steps into the world of business feel as comfortable and supported as possible, so we offer pre-joining events, which will be a great chance to meet with other new joiners and staff from the business. It may also be helpful to ensure your student feels comfortable about their travel to and from the office, perhaps by arranging a “travel dry run” ahead of their first day.

Most importantly, talk to your young person about anything they’re unsure about, and point them in our direction to answer any questions or talk through any concerns they might have - we’re always happy to answer any questions prior to joining, and all of our new joiners will be assigned to a “Buddy”, who they can ask questions to before and after they join.

Would you like to find out more?

We understand that you may have more questions after reviewing this page. Click here to see regular FAQs. To hear more from our joiners and their parents click here. If you'd like to have a chat with us directly, or request some support, we'd love to hear from you - please email uk_schools_recruitment@pwc.com

We have also compiled some useful resources to further support you and your students.

educ8training.co.uk/blog/parents-guide-apprenticeships/

Parent-Guide-Apprenticeships.pdf

allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/parents/apprenticeships

education.gov.scot/parentzone

 

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