Belfast Telegraph

Apprentice programme at PricewaterhouseCooper lets young people 'earn while they learn'

by CLARE WEIR

Business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCooper has said it has become one of Northern Ireland's largest employers of apprentices, having recruited 35 recent school-leavers and graduates over the past two years.

PwC said that successful applicants joining its Higher Apprenticeship programme will study towards a professional qualification with either the Association of Tax Technicians, or the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, providing opportunities in accountancy, law, the public sector and industry.

The qualification, achieved over two years, includes practical work experience with PricewaterhouseCooper, paid study leave and a planned tuition and revision programme.

Participants on the programme incur no student debt, are paid for the duration of the programme and will have a professional qualification after two years, as well as the potential for a longer term career with PwC.

PwC regional chairman Paul Terrington said apprentices "earn while they learn" and gain an internationally-recognised professional qualification in less time than it takes to graduate from university.

PwC is hosting an open evening on December 17 for interested students and parents to find out more about their business and explain how the Higher Apprenticeship programme works.

The event is from 6pm-8pm in PwC's headquarters at Waterfront Plaza in Belfast and anyone interested in attending should register in advance on the PwC Student careers website at: www.pwc.co.uk/careers/schools/ourevents/events. jhtml.

Belfast Telegraph

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