New Assured Skills Academy opens training places for Future Business Skills

PwC NI and Department for the Economy Minister have announced 20 more high-quality training places in a new PwC Assured Skills Academy

The latest of the programmes to open, this will focus on Future Business Skills. Open to graduates, successful applicants will receive £150 per week training allowance and those who complete the programme, which is being taught at Belfast Met, get industry-recognised qualifications as well as a guaranteed interview for a role at PwC in Belfast.

Deborah Stevenson, Operate Director at PwC, said:

“With these new places for students, we’re excited to be building on the success that we’ve already seen people achieve in our earlier Academies. The diverse training people receive during the Future Business Skills Academy is a great way to prepare them for the next stage of their career journey. We look forward to opening more places in the future as well and I’d encourage anyone who is interested, to do some research and apply.”

Highlighting the opportunity, Minister Diane Dodds said: 

“I am pleased to announce another Assured Skills Academy with PwC and Belfast Met. This is an excellent opportunity for people with degrees seeking to start or change careers in the professional services sector.

“Developing the local skills base is a key element of the economic recovery. Assured Skills Academies have a track record of success in upskilling people and helping them secure employment, and we intend to open more Academies for applications in the coming months.”

The Future Business Skills Academy will focus on a range of areas including Financial Crime, Compliance Testing, Customer Management, PMO Services, Business Operations and Finance Solutions. Students will develop skills across project management, business analysis, business acumen data visualisation and design thinking, and will also be supported through the first steps of a Professional Qualification - the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

The Academy will last eight weeks and be delivered primarily virtually, although applicants should be prepared to attend some classes in a Belfast Met campus.

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive at Belfast Met, said:

“We are delighted to be delivering this DfE programme. It comes on the back of a series of successful Academies that have been delivered remotely over the past number of months resulting in many job opportunities for the programme participants. 

“Even in these most challenging of times the commitment of PwC to offer such highly skilled roles is to be commended and we look forward to delivering this programme in partnership with them.”

Applications for the PwC Future Business Skills Assured Skills Academy are open until 18 December 2020. Video interviews will be held 12-14 January 2021 and training will commence for successful applicants on 1 February 2021.

No experience is required. Applicants must hold a 2:2 degree or better in any discipline.

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