London: PwC has expanded its Higher Apprenticeship recruitment in management consulting, and will recruit into the firm's Business Recovery Services team for the first time.
In total the firm will recruit 109 Higher Apprentices this year, almost a ten percent increase on last year, with Management Consulting vacancies trebling from six to around 20.
Students will join the firm's Tax, Consulting and Assurance teams, working on live business assignments as part of a two year training programme, during which they will gain knowledge of the industry and market, technical skills, leadership skills and commercial awareness, while studying for a professional qualification accredited by the relevant national industry accreditation bodies.
Gaenor Bagley, head of people said, "After the success of last year's recruitment, this year all our school leaver roles will be Higher Apprenticeships at the firm. Students looking at their career and training options want good training and great experience, and they need the right support. The Higher Apprenticeship is a realistic option and it's opening up professional services to a much wider market than ever before.
"Students naturally start looking at their options as it gets closer to summer, so National Apprenticeship Week is an ideal opportunity for students to find out about these roles."
For the first time, PwC will recruit six Higher Apprenticeships for the firm's Business Recovery Services team, which has worked on high profile administrations including Lehman Brothers and retailers Game and Jessops.
Dan Schwarzmann, head of Business Recovery Services, PwC said, "As a firm we're always on the lookout for talented people, irrespective of the career path they chose. This is an environment where those with the hunger to succeed will be given every opportunity to do so. The Business Recovery Services team is about helping businesses recover first and foremost, whether or not an insolvency process is involved. It's an incredibly exciting career, fast moving, commercial and innovative and on the front line of UK business growth and recovery."
PwC was the first to launch a Higher Apprenticeship in professional services, and students qualify at level 4, equivalent to the first rungs of the Higher Education ladder. The jobs are based across England and Northern Ireland.
Since launching the Higher Apprenticeship, applications to the school leaver entry programmes have increased 43%. In February alone, PwC received over 250 applications for the first 60 vacancies in the firm's tax division.