Lyons announces new Assured Skills Academy with PwC

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons today announced a new Assured Skills Academy with PwC offering 20 high quality training places.

By Gordon Lyons MLA

East Antrim

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Focussing on Technology, the Assured Skills Academy is open to people with a Level 5 qualification and relevant experience, or a 2:2 degree in any discipline.

Successful applicants receive nine weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training at Belfast Met. Participants who complete the training have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications.

The Minister said: “I am pleased to announce another Assured Skills Academy with PwC and Belfast Met. This is an excellent opportunity for people to join the largest firm of professional advisors in Northern Ireland.

“Developing the local skills base is a key element of our economic recovery. Assured Skills Academies have a very strong track record of success in upskilling people and helping them secure employment.”

The Minister added: “Successful applicants to the Academy will receive £155 per week training allowance and travel expenses while they train. They will also be guaranteed an interview with PwC in Belfast on completion of the training.”

Deborah Stevenson, Operate Director at PwC, said: “We are continually impressed with the talent we have in our local market and the appetite to invest in their continued skills development. This will set our economy apart in the future and we support these students to realise their potential through our Academies. Joining them gives people access to exceptional training across a range of skills and areas that are relevant in today's world, with practical application and insight into working with PwC.”

The Assured Skills Academy will cover a range of areas including Technology, Compliance Testing, Customer Management, PMO Services and Business Operations.

Training is likely to be a blend of onsite and online learning delivered by Belfast Met. Successful applicants will require appropriate IT access in order to link to the online tuition.

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Met, said: “Belfast Met is proud to be a skills engine for our economy and we are delighted to continue to deliver this successful series of Assured Skills Academies. This programme will provide vital jobs in growth sectors, equipping learners, driving innovation and transforming lives by providing a vital stepping stone for participants into great careers.

“We look forward to continuing to deliver this DfE programme in partnership with PwC and to welcoming our new cohort of learners.”

Applications for the PwC Technology Assured Skills Academy are open until noon on 6 December 2021.

The selection process will include a video interview. Interviews will be held 14-16 December 2021. Training will commence for successful applicants on Monday 10 January 2022.

Applicants must hold a Level 5 qualification (HND or Foundation degree) and some experience in an office/banking/professional environment, or a minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline.

More information and details on how to apply are available at:

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