PwC is to increase the number of Higher Apprentice level vacancies it offers school leavers by 10% this year in response to interest in the scheme and growth in the business.
The firm has 120 roles on offer, which include new Higher Apprenticeship vacancies in the firm's business recovery services' team. Additional roles will specialise in tax and management consulting. The jobs are based across England and Northern Ireland, and training starts in autumn/winter 2013.
Last year, PwC became the first firm to launch a Higher Apprenticeship in professional services and the first to offer a non graduate route into management consulting. Students qualify at level 4, equivalent to the first rung on the Higher Education ladder, and have the opportunity to be operating at the same level in the organisation as their graduate peers after as little as two years.
Students work on live business assignments as part of a two year training programme, during which they gain knowledge of the industry and market, technical skills, leadership skills and commercial awareness, while studying for a professional qualification.
Gaenor Bagley, head of people, PwC said: 'We're really encouraged by the level of interest students are showing in Higher Apprenticeships at PwC and the fantastic quality and variety in the applicants. For us, it's widened the access gate to the profession, without lowering the bar in terms of the talent we're attracting.'
Overall, PwC says there has been a 43% increase in applications to its school leaver entry programmes, with almost two thirds (63%) of the firm's vacancies starting in September and October 2013 already filled. The application deadline has been extended to allow more students to consider applying after their A Level results in August, and PwC says competition is likely to be strong as it anticipates receiving over 3000 applications in total over the year.