600 new jobs on offer through Assured Skills Academies.
The Department for the Economy and global professional services company PwC have announced more than 600 high quality Assured Skills Academy training places.
The Department for the Economy has worked with PwC, Belfast Metropolitan College and Ulster University to develop a £4.4million pre-employment training project to upskill individuals through Assured Skills Academies to compete for 600 exciting new jobs at PwC as part of significant growth for the firm in Northern Ireland.
The Assured Skills Academies will be delivered by Belfast Met and Ulster University over the next five years and the first Academy, PwC’s Future Business Skills Academy, is open for applications now.
Announcing the project, Department for the Economy Deputy Secretary Heather Cousins said: “This expansion by PwC is a massive endorsement of the talent in Northern Ireland and the Department for the Economy’s ability to respond to the skills needed by growing companies in the professional services sector here.
“The co-operation between the Department for the Economy, PwC, Belfast Met and Ulster University to upskill graduates to compete for 600 new jobs at PwC represents the biggest Assured Skills Academies project to date!”
She added: “Assured Skills Academies are a proven and successful model of upskilling the Northern Ireland workforce and ensuring that local businesses have access to the people they need to grow. Since starting as a pilot in 2011, Assured Skills Academies have trained more than 1,500 people, with over 1,200 securing employment across a range of diverse sectors.”
PwC is recruiting people for permanent, highly-skilled roles in the company’s new state-of-the-art, tech-enabled Merchant Square office in Belfast, within its rapidly expanding Operate operational delivery division. Academy participants will receive industry-relevant pre-employment training that equips them to compete for increasingly in-demand jobs such as business associates, data analysts and robotic process engineers.
PwC will be recruiting for these posts and those who complete an Assured Skills Academy will be guaranteed an interview with the firm.
PwC’s Head of Regions, Paul Terrington said: “Our Operate division’s unprecedented growth over the past two and a half years has created a consistent demand for more highly-skilled people to fill exciting jobs of the future in Northern Ireland – PwC’s biggest UK location outside London.
“Co-creating the content for these Academies means we are able to play a positive role in upskilling the Northern Ireland workforce, in line with PwC’s commitment to digital upskilling not just for our employees but for wider society.”
To apply for a place on the Future Business Skills Academy, applicants must be a graduate or an experienced professional with at least a 2:2 in any degree. The academy will commence on Monday 27th January and finish on Friday 20th March 2020.