Skills - investment for the future

Education has been at the heart of PwC’s involvement in the Midlands for over 20 years, focusing on raising young people's aspirations and employability skills.

Our goal is to give pupils the opportunity to develop skills for a successful future and to access careers in business, whether at PwC or beyond, irrespective of their background.

PwC’s computer science technology degree, a level 6 apprenticeship programme in partnership with the University of Birmingham, is driving positive changes in the diversity of students studying technology subjects. One third of students who will be welcomed onto the course in September will be female. There will be students from diverse backgrounds, including many who will be the first in their family to ever attend university.

The technology degree apprenticeship has been designed to develop the UK’s next generation of technology talent to meet the needs of industry. Students will combine university life with practical work-based technology projects at the PwC offices in Birmingham and will receive a salary from the company throughout the course and a job at the end of the four-year programme.

In the East Midlands, our ‘flying start’ programme, is a collaborative degree programme for students who want to study accountancy, sponsored by PwC in the East Midlands, delivered by Nottingham University Business School, and the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).  It produced its first cohort of graduates in July 2018.


“The Flying Start programme, which has the unique blend of work and study is an excellent way for our firm to develop the best local talent, the skills that students learn on the paid work placements with us are extremely transferable, which means they will be able to work anywhere in the business.”

Alison Breadon PwC Government & Public Services Leader based in the Midlands


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