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A is for ‘Apprenticeship’, B is for ‘BrightStart’, C is for ‘Career’ and D is for ‘Deloitte’

Deloitte offers an alternative path to university with apprenticeship and gap-year programmes

13 August 2019

With A-level results being announced this week (15 August 2019), Deloitte’s BrightStart higher apprenticeship programme is an option for school leavers to make the jump straight into the world of professional services and start to earn while they continue to learn. The programme offers 300 students the chance to gain professional qualifications while being fully immersed in a job helping to solve some of Deloitte’s clients’ most challenging problems.

Deloitte hires over 1,500 students per year from its schools and undergraduate entry routes, into 22 office locations across the UK.

Elaine Atkinson, head of resourcing at Deloitte, said:

“Today is a significant day for hundreds of thousands of students who now can decide what to do next. Some may want to kick off their career with an apprenticeship programme, such as our BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship programme.

“A Deloitte apprenticeship can be the first step in an exciting career, working on projects that have a real impact to our clients’ businesses. We teach all the skills and knowledge needed to do the job.”

Lakiesha Maxey, BrightStart apprentice
Lakiesha Maxey (20) is a BrightStart higher apprentice at Deloitte based in Reading. When she was at school, Lakiesha was focused on applying to university. Her path changed when she was in year 13 and Deloitte visited her school and ran workshops at a careers fair. It was during these sessions Lakiesha discovered more about the firm and the wider professional services industry.

Lakiesha gained a place on the Deloitte’s BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship programme in Reading, specialising in audit. She started the programme in September 2017 and says:

“The workshops Deloitte gave at my school opened my eyes to alternative routes into work and further education. Deloitte offered me a career path while studying and I had no hesitation in accepting”.

Dimple Agarwal, Deloitte’s managing partner for People and Purpose, added:

“There are many exciting choices for young people to embark on their careers. However, attitudes to jobs are changing fast and our recent Millennial Survey found that 56% of Gen Zs are hopeful they will reach their career ambitions. Priority should be placed on building their skills and continuous training to keep this generation engaged.

Government Minister for Children and Families, Kemi Badenoch, said:

“Really well done to everyone getting their A-level results today. If you haven’t decided on your next move, I would encourage everyone to consider an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships offer the chance to learn new skills while you get paid and get on the path to a successful career.

“It is great to see global firms like Deloitte investing in a range of high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for young people in exciting and rewarding professions including management consultancy, data science and finance.”

Deloitte Pathfinders
Deloitte is also launching Pathfinders, a new programme for gap year students, starting 9 September 2020. Twenty students will join Deloitte between school and university for a nine month technology-based placement in Deloitte’s consulting or tax practice. They will have technology-focussed roles, either through working with technology clients or contributing to digital projects.

Agarwal adds: “Pathfinders is a new and exciting way of bringing talented students into Deloitte and filling the growing skills shortage in software development. We want to provide the opportunity for students to learn new, in-demand skills.

“We want to create a more diverse workforce, bringing strong representation of society into the workplace and a diversity of thought. We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds and with different experiences.”


Note to Editors

BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship programme entry requirements are 104 UCAS points and GCSE Maths at grade 6 (B) and English Language at grade 4 (C). The length of programme typically varies from around 3-5 years depending on business area.

For more information on Deloitte’s student programmes please click here.

Deloitte’s Pathfinders programme
Final year A-level (or equivalent) students who would consider taking a gap year after school before attending university. They will need 104 UCAS points and will be given four weeks work experience every summer and an annual bursary towards university fees. They do not need to have studied technology based subjects.

About the Millennial Survey
The 2019 report is based on the views of 500 millennials questioned across the UK (born between January 1983 and December 1994). This report also includes responses from 301 Gen Z respondents (born between January 1995 and December 2002).

About Deloitte
In this press release references to “Deloitte” are references to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity.

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Deloitte LLP is a subsidiary of Deloitte NWE LLP, which is a member firm of DTTL, and is among the UK's leading professional services firms.

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