Our BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship
What’s it like to be an apprentice? Answering questions from our Curiosity Box are three Deloitte BrightStart Apprentices. Find out what triggered their choice to become a Deloitte apprentice.
What kind of work will you do?
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. You’ll be treated with the same respect as your colleagues from day one.
We’ll teach you all the skills and behaviours you’ll need to do your job. And give you every opportunity to develop and learn.
We offer BrightStart Higher Apprenticeships in these areas:
What’s in it for you?
What do we offer?
- An earn-while-you-learn higher level 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
What are the benefits?
- Market-leading pay
- Regular increases
- Variable pay schemes that allow us to credit you for any work you do ‘above and beyond’
- £1,000 interest-free loan
- 25 days holiday
- Life assurance
- Occupational sick pay
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
Where can you work?
We have many Deloitte offices across the UK and Offshore. The map shows all the locations available for our BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship.
How you will develop?
This is a permanent job. Depending on the business area you join it takes between 15 months to 4 years to complete BrightStart. 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?
Strategy & Operations
What were you nervous about before joining? And how has that been in reality?
I was anxious that I wouldn’t fit in, thinking that I’d feel similar to how I did at school. In reality, being an individual is hugely valued at Deloitte.
I also thought I might have no social life because I’d be working such long hours. My friends and family thought the same. It even made me doubt my decision before I joined. But in reality it’s not like that at all. It’s about managing my own time and making sure I have the right balance. I had to grow up a lot when I started. Because I came straight from school which has a strict timetable, managing my own time was a new concept and felt like a pretty big jump. I love being treated like an adult though and I soon adapted.
My friends and family can see how being a BrightStart has worked out brilliantly for me.
Tell us about your team, what’s special about them?
They’re always willing to help and support me whenever I need it. Everyone respects each other and values the different skills we have between us. We learn from each other all the time.
I also really admire how my managers and the leadership in general (not just my team) treat everyone as people, not just resources. It’s about working together for the best outcome, for our clients of course, but also for all of us at Deloitte. I know that I’m a valued member of the firm and that really motivates me to work hard and enjoy it.
I love that I can be myself. I’ve probably become a better version of myself since I’ve been here as I’ve been able to develop my confidence and work on the feedback I get. It’s been pretty life-changing for me from that perspective.
Technology Strategy and Architecture (TS&A)
What’s been your standout proudest moment so far?
My work with UK Police forces. I worked on a project to implement new technology that would improve productivity. My role was to support communication with forces, and I managed the social media profiles for the project, monitoring communications and sending emails, managing the distribution list, creating a social media strategy and presenting it to clients, as well as helping to organise an event attended by roughly 200 police IT members.
Technology Consulting is not for you if…
You like to do the same thing every day and prefer a more structured day. This is a dynamic environment, with a range of opportunities for people with different skills. There are opportunities to travel abroad to work, especially for those based in the Belfast office. I’ve been able to support high profile projects, and to create newsletters and organise events within my department.
Sometimes there are periods where there’s a heavy workload or a tight deadline, and it can be difficult to manage work, university and having time to relax in the evenings. My team have always helped me manage this by sharing workloads and being flexible with deadlines.
What new skills have you picked up so far? Or improved on?
My technical and business competence. And my self-confidence. I’ve being able to go from the quiet girl at the back of the class to someone who’s given presentations in a room full of hundreds of people, and has walked through strategies with clients and managers.
As a newbie, do you get much help or do you just get on with it?
I always feel supported with my work and I have never felt like there wasn’t anyone there helping me. Our managers know what it’s like to be new and unsure about the work, so they want to support you and help you learn as much as they can.
Everyone is always more than happy to answer my questions; in fact they encourage me to ask. I definitely feel like I can always ask anything, whenever I need to and however often I need to.
We have lots of catch ups throughout the day, to ensure I’m getting on okay with the work. These are usually via a Skype call or a quick chat. When work is assigned, the manager will sit down and explain what they need me to do in detail; this is a good time to ask even more questions!
Best and worst things about working in Audit & Assurance?
The most exciting job for me was when I worked with an aviation client in Cheltenham. They gave us a factory tour while we were there and it was really interesting to learn about the business.
This is something I would never have done if I didn’t work at Deloitte. You’ll love it here if you enjoy meeting new people, learning new things and have a business-curious mind.
Busy season is usually considered the worst part of audit. I didn’t actually know what that was! But I have endured my first busy season and you’ll be glad to know it wasn’t too bad.
What’s the buzz about the Buckley Building in Clerkenwell?
The main thing I like about the office is the vibe and atmosphere. It’s a very comfortable environment; the dress code is a lot more relaxed than you’d expect. The environment here encourages collaboration, which is great.
Is there life beyond work?
Deloitte is really focused on agile ways of working. I work from home, our offices and client offices. Everyone has a laptop and mobile phone, so it’s really easy.
Another huge thing is the social side. You’ll find at least one Deloitte social happening somewhere on any night of the week. They’re also very inclusive and aren’t always just drinks down at the pub, which is good. I’ve been to Thorpe Park, nights away, dinners, pizza making and many more.