Training and development

To succeed you'll take personal responsibility for managing your career.

The deal is that in your first five years you'll work hard, be committed, flexible and build long lasting working relationships. If you do, we'll provide the support and encouragement you need to succeed.

Your first five years at PwC

Our training programmes are underpinned by a learning environment that broadens and deepens your knowledge, and stresses the relative importance of learning from doing, learning from others and formal training. Our learning culture is based on the ‘70:20:10’ principle. Put simply; 70% of our learning comes from the work we do, 20% from the guidance we receive from others and 10% from formal, including classroom, style learning.

Your five-year development plan will be packed with challenge and variety. And at every stage you’ll have our total support as you drive your career forward to meet your professional goals. These might include promotion, working in another team, industry, or business area, or a move to a different office or even country. And with the support of our dedicated internal Careers Service, whatever your aspirations, we’ll help you progress and reach your full potential.

 

  • Year

    1

    Associate 1

    Induction event and experimentation labs

    Technical training to help you develop the skills you need to be a PwC Professional (including studying for a professional qualification *)

    Business unit or specialism rotation*

  • Year

    2

    Associate 2

    Business, technical and skills training including studying for a professional qualification*

    Coaching new joiners and being their ‘buddy’

    Long-term career planning support through our internal careers service

    Starting to personalise your career path - helping you understand how skills relate to other opportunities within PwC

  • Year

    3

    Senior Associate 1

    Building technical and specialist skills, supported by on - the - job training

    Completion of professional qualification*

    Internal mobility opportunities advertised through our ‘Transfer Window’ programme

  • Year

    4

    Senior Associate 2

    Altitude leadership and development programme

    Internal, client, external and overseas mobility opportunities advertised

    Business area rotations*

    Personalised career path according to your career aspirations

    Further developing your technical and specialist skills

  • Year

    5

    Manager

    Internal, client, external and overseas mobility opportunities advertised

    Business area rotations*

    Personalised career path according to your career aspirations

    Further developing your technical and specialist skills

What qualifications do we offer?

Which areas can you join?

Assurance, Tax and Deals*

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). The majority of our ICAEW students will complete their ACA within a Level 7 Apprenticeship.

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 Deals offer a professional qualification. Please make sure you check the vacancy description.

Find out more about the ICAEW

Find our more about ICAS

Find out more about CAI

 

Which areas can you join?

Indirect Tax

Who do you study with?

ACA with ICAEW

Why these institutes?

The ACA 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?

The ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA will take approximately 3 years in total.

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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.

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You don’t need to do any professional qualifications.

Your development

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.

Our training programmes are underpinned by a learning environment that broadens and deepens your knowledge, and stresses the relative importance of learning from doing, learning from others and formal training. That means you’ll learn most from an outstanding variety of work, picking up the business, personal and technical skills you need to do well.

If you’re on the path to a professional qualification, we’re with you all the way. We’ll financially support you through your exams and help you prepare fully with study and exam leave. Plus you’ll enjoy widespread support along the way – from expert tutors and a dedicated Professional Qualifications Team, as well as your career coach and peers. Longer term, you may have the opportunity to try new things too.

You might work in different teams and offices; sample different clients and projects; try out new roles and even other business areas. It will all help you progress in line with your personal goals as well as our ever-changing business needs.

 

Training you'll receive

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. 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 Team, and have access to a strong support network which will include - external tutors, your career coach, buddies and your peers. All of them will be familiar with what you’re going through, as they’ve experienced it as well.

Coaching you'll receive

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 career coach 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.

Our feedback process

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 career coach, 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.

There's so much variety

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 across our business areas

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 career coach 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.

Strong sense of 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 monitor your progress and offer suggestions to help you improve. Your people manager and the Professional Qualifications Team will be made aware of your progress so that they can assist with providing what help and support you may need.
  • 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 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!
  • Reasonable adjustments - our Professional Qualifications Team will 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.