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Applications open for new PwC skills academy

Paul Terrington and Ian McConnell of PwC with the Department for the Economy's Heather Cousins
Paul Terrington and Ian McConnell of PwC with the Department for the Economy's Heather Cousins

By Staff Reporter

Applications are open for a new Assured Skills Academy, launched by the Department for the Economy and PwC, with 20 places up for grabs.

Applicants must have a degree for the academy, which will see participants receive nine weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training in data analytics at Belfast Met.

Participants will also receive a training allowance of £150 per week, travel expenses and may also be eligible for childcare allowance.

Heather Cousins, deputy secretary at the Department for the Economy, said it was an "excellent opportunity for people to gain the skills they need to compete for jobs in the growing professional services industry where data skills are critical to many roles".

"Participants who successfully complete the academy will gain industry recognised qualifications and be guaranteed a job interview with PwC," she added.

Claire McNally, PwC's head of capability and development in its Operate division, said the firm was "very keen" to bring on board graduates from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.

"No experience in data analytics is required in order to apply," she said.

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