Talent academies

At PwC, we’re passionate about identifying and developing top talent. So passionate in fact, that we’ve grown our Talent Academy series.

Our range of programmes capture the diversity and breadth of our business. Whichever Academy you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to develop valuable business skills and discover where your strengths and interests lie. 

Our Talent Academy is a prestigious programme that’s main focus is you. Are you wondering where to start with your career? Do you want to get a taste of a company before you commit to a placement or internship? If so our Talent Academy is for you. Choosing what to do after you graduate can be daunting. At PwC we want to offer you the chance to get to know us better and learn more about what we do.

Find out more about our Talent academies

Talent academy
Opens January 2019
No current deadline
Tech Academy
Opens November 2018
Application Deadline January 2019


Spring Talent Academy

Our Spring Talent Academy is a two-day residential course in Northern Ireland designed to develop your overall business awareness, as well as giving you an opportunity to get a taste of what it's like to work at PwC across all our teams - Assurance, Tax, Deals, Consulting, Operate and Technology.

Our Academy will run at an exclusive external venue, in line with our vision to double our regional footprint in the next 5 years. Do well and it could lead to a job offer to join our summer internship or undergraduate work placement programme the following year.

A key part of our purpose is building trust in society. We provide decision makers with information they can trust and give our clients confidence in an unpredictable world. Organisations in every industry are feeling the impact of disruptive technologies. With Intelligent Digital, we balance business understanding with technology innovation and human insight. We use cutting-edge technology to help solve our clients' complex needs, and strengthen trust and transparency with their customers and investors.

You’ll work in an environment that inspires you, and be given an active role in shaping the future of Assurance. You’ll have an exceptional career experience working with and learning from experts in their fields. We embrace diversity both in our people and the work you’ll do. We drive change through innovation. It’s this imagination and creativity, alongside the calibre of our teams, that mean we consistently win clients and projects, giving you the opportunity to work with market leading companies and leverage our global network.

Our culture drives success – both ours and yours. It gives us a sustainable advantage. We want to create an environment where our employees feel empowered to work in a way that works for our clients, teams, and you personally. It’s not only about working hard but working smarter and being agile to deliver exceptional client service whilst balancing work and life.
Deliver practical, insightful advice that gets straight to the heart of big business issues. You’ll get to work closely with the best in industry, finance and government in the UK and abroad, bringing fresh insights and motivation to the problems they face. Our clients might want us to help them enter new markets; address the challenges created by organisational change; or draw up a sustainability strategy that aligns their commercial objectives with broader environmental and social concerns. Whichever part of Consulting you join, you’ll help organisations of all shapes and sizes from strategy right through to execution.
We help our clients with major mergers and acquisitions and resolve business crises. You could work on anything from international take-over bids to economic crime investigations and cases of insolvency. You could join us within Business Recovery Services, Forensics, Corporate Finance, Transaction Services or Valuations.
We help clients across a range of situations often associated with their regulatory, risk and/or compliance agendas. We bring together regulatory insight, highly skilled operational resource and an unrivalled technology offering to provide a high quality and cost effective solution to operational delivery challenges.

Working in Operate, you’ll have to juggle lots of tasks to meet deadlines and often use problem solving and judgement skills. Our Operate team are great with people and instinctively know what needs to be done to put things right. So if you’re naturally inquisitive, analytical and like a challenge, then Operate could be for you.
You hear it called the digital revolution – the transformation of how we work and live, which is one of the great megatrends we believe will shape the world in the 21st century. We use technical and business knowledge to solve our clients’ problems. Because we offer so many different technology services we need people with different experiences to help us deliver them effectively. Maybe you’re studying a Technology or IT-related subject and you know your Hadoop from your R and your Cloud from your Hana.

Or maybe you’re studying an Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering or Maths subject. We’ll teach you the technical things you need to know. You just need to have a passion for technology and be willing to contribute early on. No matter what your degree subject, we’re looking for people who are excited about harnessing opportunities presented by emerging technologies and influencing business. And doing that in a world that’s changing at an incredible rate.
The tax landscape is constantly changing. Your knowledge will help high-profile organisations, entrepreneurs and family businesses understand complex rules and make informed decisions with significant impacts. You’ll also help governments ensure the efficient operation of tax systems and use your insight to solve long-term problems. Over 3,000 tax experts work in some 20 key areas and you’ll be part of a business that’s proactively engaging in the tax policy debate and focused on leading views and new ideas. Our people need to be flexible and ready to build strong relationships, networks and leadership skills. Our expertise covers every conceivable area of taxation.
Who can apply
The Talent academy based in Belfast is open to:
- First year undergraduate university students
- Second year undergraduate university students
- Third year of a four year degree undergraduate university students
What we look for
- C or above in GCSE English and Maths
- Be on course for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

Tech Academy

Are you starting to think about your career and where to start? Are you interested in Technology and wondering what a career in this business could involve? Would you like get a taste for a company or work experience programme before you commit to it?

If so, we think our Tech Academy would be perfect for you. Technology is at the heart of all transformational changes that organisations go through. It has a big part to play when we help our clients and often drives the change agenda. We combine our business and technical skills in response to our clients' rapidly changing business and technical needs. If you're passionate about technology, you'll get expert training and the opportunity to specialise in a sought after discipline. You'll take part in this unique opportunity to spend time with our Technology team who'll reveal the innovative work we're doing to keep at the forefront of data, digital and cyber security for our clients at a global reach.


During this 4-day paid placement, you'll shadow members of our Technology team spanning across areas such as Technology Consulting, Data Analytics and Forensic Technology Solutions by:
- Attending meetings
- Working with external clients and internal teams
- Gaining exposure to the type of work we do

What we do
Our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We do this for our clients by helping them tackle complex business challenges, improve how they work and create the value they need.

Reasons to join us
- Be part of the world’s leading professional services global network.
- Experience the best opportunities to learn, grow and excel, by learning on-the-job, learning from others, and through formal learning.
- Work in a supportive culture with access to a wide range of people to support your development - professional qualifications team, tutors, career coach and mentor and independent careers service team - to help you steer your career in your chosen direction.
- Be at the forefront of innovation and the heart of the digital revolution.

What you need to bring us
- You'll need to be a first year or second year undergraduate university student
- You'll need to be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject
- You'll need to have a Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).

"The Talent Academy was a very useful insight into a career with PwC. Not only was it an enjoyable few days and a great way to network with other likeminded students, but it also allowed me to get a feel for the culture of the firm. While at the academy we were given many informative talks about both PwC as a business and the different areas you can choose to join. From the academy I was directly offered an interview for a summer internship. Given the valuable experience gained over the few days, I would highly recommend the Talent Academy to first years as it gives you a real head start into the highly competitive business world."

Julia, Durham UniversityTalent Academy 2016