Deloitte to bring in 70 apprentices during 2018
Business and technology advisory firm Deloitte has said it will be taking on 70 apprentices during 2018.
And it said that employees who had joined through its BrightStart apprentices programme now made up 20% of its Northern Ireland workforce.
The five-year programme helps young people gain a BSc in Business Technology through Ulster University, as well as recognised professional qualifications and a job at Deloitte.
Now 70 apprentices are due to join in 2018, bringing the total who have completed the programme to 180.
Jackie Henry, Deloitte senior partner in Belfast, said: "It is testament to the success of the BrightStart programme that those who joined as apprentices now make up almost one fifth of our team in Belfast, working in every area of the business, from audit to human capital, tax consulting to technology.
"The BrightStarts are an invaluable part of the firm, providing a fresh approach to the way we do business. They bring new ideas, which enable us to look at problems from a different perspective and this elevates the offering we present to our clients."
Judith Wylie, course director at Ulster University, said: "The students are performing exceptionally well and regularly apply the knowledge and skills developed from their client-facing work to their academic studies and vice versa.
"This dynamic learning experience is clearly developing positive synergies from working and learning through a degree apprenticeship programme."