PwC says applications to its post-A-level school leaver entry schemes have increased five-fold since the start of the recession.
The firm received 2,352 applications for 100 school and college leaver vacancies in its assurance, tax and consulting practices, starting in autumn 2012. This represents a 34% rise in applications year on year, and a 464% increase since 2008, when 417 school leavers applied.
PwC says the school leaver intake represents 6% of the firm's overall student and graduate entry offering this year.
Gaenor Bagley, PwC partner and head of people, said: 'There's a generation of students weighing up their career and training options differently, whether because of university fees, economic forecasts or graduate unemployment, and employers have to adapt. The initial response to our new Higher Apprenticeship, a new addition to our existing school and college leaver programmes, has been even better than expected.'
PwC has also announced it is extending its graduate entry programmes. Its University Partnership Degree Programme will include Henley Business School for the first time this autumn, and the firm's 'Academy' for talented first year university students is increasing to 300 places in the coming year.
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