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Our BrightStart Apprenticeship

An opportunity for clever, curious people like you to leap into the world of professional services. This is an earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship, with the chance to gain professional and degree level qualifications. Get stuck in from day one, helping to solve some of our clients’ most complex problems right from the minute you join. Create a brilliant career for yourself with a business that’s making an impact worldwide.

Meet our people

Discover your many possibilities at Deloitte, including the great support and training we can give you.

What kind of work will you do?

"The nature of this job provides you with flexibility and freedom on what you work on and who you work with."
Felix, Consulting

As a BrightStart Apprentice, the work you do will depend on the role and location you choose. But whatever direction you take, you’ll get to work on exciting projects that have a real impact on our clients’ businesses. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be respected and encouraged to be yourself. Your colleagues will support and challenge you to explore, question and collaborate on important projects. And we’ll teach you all the skills and behaviours you’ll need to grow, stretch your thinking and thrive in your position.

You can choose a BrightStart Apprenticeship in these areas:

What’s in it for you?

“It’s unbelievable how quickly and how much you learn in such a short time!”
Jodie, Audit & Assurance

What do we offer?

"My friends and family can see how being a BrightStart has worked out brilliantly for me."
Mollie, Consulting
  • An earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship that is a permanent job
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Fully funded recognised professional qualification
  • Live project experience and client exposure from day one
  • An alternative to university
  • Fast progression on a structured career path with plenty of support and flexibility
  • The support of a buddy and mentor
  • Lifelong learning & development throughout your career
  • Technical and business skills training
  • Paid study leave to support with exams
  • Agile working options
  • Opportunities to develop your career in any direction, anywhere in the world
  • Time off to make a difference in your community
  • Opportunities to join lots of societies and events
  • Support from ten diversity networks

What are the benefits?

"It is a great place to work with lots of benefits and some amazing people."
Conor, Tax Consulting
Salary Package
  • Market-leading pay*
  • Regular increases
  • Variable pay schemes that allow us to credit you for any work you do ‘above and beyond’
Core Benefits
  • £1,000 interest-free loan
  • 25 days holiday
  • Pension
  • Life assurance
  • Occupational sick pay
Flexible Options scheme
  • Pick and choose further benefits up to the value of your Options allowance.
  • Additional holiday
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Dental insurance
  • Bikes4Work scheme
  • Give As You Earn
  • Private medical insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Corporate discounts
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Additional Life Assurance
  • Health Assessments

*Salaries vary by role and location. Deloitte is an accredited living wage employer meaning all employees, including apprentices, are paid above the Real Living Wage.

Where can you work?

“Seeing my work being used around the world is so exciting.”
Owen, Audit & Assurance

We have many Deloitte offices across the UK and Offshore. The map shows all the locations available for our BrightStart Apprenticeship.

Find out more about our locations and what’s it like to work across all our offices within the UK.

How you will develop?

“Not having a degree, it was an excellent way to kick start my technology career.”
Ryan, Technology

This is a permanent job. Depending on the business area you join it takes between 15 months to 4 years to complete your Apprenticeship. At the end of your Apprenticeship, you’ll be leading your own projects and managing your own teams, developing your career in whichever direction interests you most.

What do our people say?

“I immediately felt valued. I love my job as no two days are the same. Every day is a learning opportunity here, and the support is amazing.”
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Ellie Antinoro
Assistant Manager, Portfolio, Reading

What made you choose an Apprenticeship at Deloitte?

Once I established University wasn’t the route I wanted to take, I began researching the various apprenticeships available. I was initially drawn to Deloitte because of its strong reputation as a professional services firm, and after speaking to some current apprentices it was clear that the opportunities at Deloitte would be endless – so it was a very easy decision to apply.

I was also really attracted to the BrightStart scheme because it provided the opportunity to continue with my education (without the university debt), studying towards the Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification whilst gaining invaluable on the job experience. It seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Any advice for people applying?

My main advice for applicants would be to just be yourself, be confident and ensure you portray your personality and hard-working attitude. Secondly, make sure you research the firm, the role, and Deloitte’s values. That way you can ask relevant questions, demonstrate how you would fulfil the Deloitte values, and really engage with your interviewer. First impressions go a long way.

Did you have any preconceptions about working here? And how has that been in reality?

What has surprised me most is the exposure you receive from the outset, getting involved with clients straight away following the induction training. I immediately felt valued.

Another surprise was the level of interaction and support provided by all team members, regardless of their seniority. I thought that being a junior in such a large firm would mean I had limited exposure to senior staff. In reality that has not been the case at all. I gained exposure from the outset, and have learnt so much from senior colleagues. This has allowed me to learn key leadership skills that I’ve now taken forward into my role as Assistant Manager.

What do you love about your job? And what have you found challenging?

I love my job as no two days are the same. Also, there are often several issues which need to be overcome during the course of an audit and I find it extremely rewarding identifying and establishing how these issues can be resolved appropriately.

The biggest challenge for me has been balancing work and study commitments. But the firm has been fully supportive by providing dedicated college days and exam study leave. I’ve also found that my coach and team leaders are extremely understanding and supportive, particularly when exams are approaching - exams are made a priority during your apprenticeship.

How have you grown since joining Deloitte?

Since joining back in 2017 I have grown significantly both personally and professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to develop my technical skills by progressing through the ACA qualification, and through on-the-job learning and various training courses I’ve learnt how to develop and build effective business relationships. I’ve also grown more confident in my own abilities and in shaping my own career path.

Every day is a learning opportunity here, and the support is amazing - in audit you work with several different teams throughout the year, all of whom are have been extremely talented and committed to helping me develop in my role and career. The career path here is clear, and allows for fast progression, and you have the ability to shape your growth by commitment and working hard.

Do you feel you can be yourself at work?

From my experience to date, Deloitte has been a place that actively seeks to promote an inclusive environment. For me personally, this has been clear when undertaking team trainings and briefings, as you are encouraged to be yourself. If you have a commitment outside of work, my managers have always been flexible allowing me to make up the hours if I need to finish early, it is all about having effective communication with your managers. They place trust in you, as to whether you need to be working from the office, home or client site. Agile working is very much the norm here.

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Strategy and M&A Analyst
“To me, leadership is never asking someone to do something that you wouldn’t be willing to do yourself.”

When you joined, was there anything that surprised you about working here?

In my previous jobs, I had always felt the structure was quite rigid and unforgiving of the unpredictable events in life. Working at Deloitte has completely removed that anxiety. As long as I’m transparent, cooperative with my team and genuinely giving 100% of my energy during my working hours, it’s easy to be flexible and I can go to the appointments and events that I need to. My colleagues are very understanding and are more than happy to accommodate my needs, and the same applies to the rest of the team.

How do you explain your job to friends and family?

I usually use the term “Technology Consultant” to explain what I do. My go-to example is: “imagine if our local bakery wanted to stop storing all their data in a messy MS Excel sheet? An organisation with the right skills and knowledge, like Deloitte, could help them operate more efficiently”. I love that every project here is like having a new job. Whenever I feel my work even beginning to become repetitive, I know that a brand new opportunity with a completely different team is right around the corner. This is what keeps my work fresh, fun and exciting.

Tell us about your progression at Deloitte?

Deloitte could not be more encouraging of development and learning. I have complete autonomy in this regard, and I can decide to complete qualifications whenever I’d like, as long as my primary client work is not affected. Deloitte have dedicated training sessions throughout the year on various qualifications in AWS, MS Azure, GCP and many more, whilst also paying for all the relevant online courses I need. I’ve recently completed the “AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner” and have a strong understanding of how cloud computing can optimise business operations. I love working with data and have had the opportunity to contribute to large scale data migrations and transformations.

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Software developer
“As well as getting support with my career, I have also been able to ask for help with personal situations.”

Why did you decide to start your career with Deloitte Digital in Belfast?

I went to a disadvantaged school in the North-West of England, and I always felt like a career in technology could secure me a better future. Deloitte seemed to have a lot of opportunities to grow and develop your career, which appealed to me and I could pursue my passion for development. I chose to come to Belfast because it’s a completely different experience to where I grew up. I believe you can pick up a lot of new skills by exposing yourself to new situations and learning from different teams around the world.

How have you felt supported by your team?

We always have great fun together and when I started the role, I was made to feel that I could learn at a pace that was right for me. As well as getting support with my career, I have also been able to ask for help with personal situations. My father sadly passed away during the pandemic and everyone really helped me get through this sad and difficult period. I was able to travel to back to Hong Kong to see family and my team did absolutely everything they could to help.

What do you enjoy most about working at Deloitte?

Consulting is really diverse and you get to try so many different things and expand your skills in lots of areas. Deloitte is really committed to training and development, which is great for everyone, but especially those who are starting out in their careers. I’m currently being supported to get my Java 11 certificate, which is important for my own development. There are constant opportunities to explore your talents, whether that’s in your current place of work or on a secondment elsewhere in the world. I like the fact that so many doors could open for me in the future at Deloitte.

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Tax Consultant – Business Tax
“Deloitte prides itself on its inclusive environment, and the continuous work of our teams to improve the way we work together.”

How was the application process and what advice would you give to others?

The application process took some time but it was enjoyable and interesting. I found that hiring managers were keen to get to know me as a person and wanted to see what drives me, rather than simply relying on test results. The best advice I would give to anyone is to just be yourself throughout the whole process as that is far more authentic and is what attracts us. We want to work with a mix of people from different backgrounds, so being true to yourself really matters.

What’s been your greatest challenge since joining and how did you overcome this?

As a new Analyst I was worried that I might not understand certain aspects of the job and that it could become overwhelming. However, I just kept reminding myself that I am still learning, and so is everyone else. We’re hugely supported in this learning journey at Deloitte and there’s a wide range of opportunities to grow and develop through both training sessions. Nobody expects you to know everything straight away.

How do you feel Deloitte supports diversity and inclusion?

Deloitte prides itself on its inclusive environment, and the continuous work of our teams to improve the way we work together. Within my team there are two committees that support the drive towards inclusivity. These include the Wellbeing committee and the Diversity and Inclusion committee, which I’m part of. As an ethnic minority, I find comfort in knowing that others from an ethnic minority background face the same day to day issues that I do. The groups and networks offer a safe space for us to discuss things, share ideas and listen to the experiences of others.

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