A professional services role is particularly competitive to secure, whatever level you are entering at. It’s never too soon to start collecting work experience to show your enthusiasm for a business career and building up a foundation for your commercial awareness.
PwC’s Business Insight Week is a new offering from the global professional services firm which will give Year 12 students expecting a minimum of 240 UCAS tariff points the opportunity to do just that. During the week students will gain an induction and experience of the type of work PwC do. Each student will get a buddy – someone working at the firm who will help them throughout the week – and will take part in employability skills training.
The scheme starts in summer 2014 with around 60 places on offer across 11 offices in the UK. There could be a chance for students who are successful in gaining a place on this week to be fast-tracked onto a longer term PwC programme.
Paul Cleal, PwC Partner and commissioner for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty commission is championing the new programme. He said: “The professional services sector has tended to recruit from what is now a relatively small part of the population joining the workforce. The future workforce will be much more diverse in terms of social background as well as gender and ethnicity.
“Diversity of thought is key to our business and it is fundamental that we identify talented individuals from a broad pool of students. We believe the Business Insight Week goes some way to helping us do this by widening access to our organisation to students who, in the past, may not have had the awareness, opportunity, or the social capital to find out about PwC.”