Record intake of school leavers to Deloitte apprentice scheme

Pictured at Deloitte’s BrightStart welcome event are Brad Shepherd, 2016 BrightStart student, Professor Gillian Armstrong from Ulster University, Jackie Henry, Deloitte senior partner in Belfast, and Hannah Gates, 2017 BrightStart student.
Gareth McKeown

Global accountancy firm Deloitte has announced the largest ever intake of apprentices to its BrightStart programme in Belfast.

A total of 66 young people aged 17 and 18 have been offered places on the five-year professional development programme, an increase from 42 at the same stage last year.

This will bring the number of young people to join the firm through the Belfast BrightStart apprenticeship scheme since 2015 to more than 130.

Competition for places on the scheme is also on the rise with the company reporting a 35 per centre in the number of applications for the September 2017 intake.

Deloitte's senior partner in Belfast Jackie Henry said the intake was part of ambitious plans for growth in the city.

"We have realised that there is a rich vein of talent amongst school leavers which we are now successfully tapping into. We have been encouraged by the quality of talent that we have brought into the business through the programme so far and have every confidence in our latest intake as we extend it for a third consecutive year.”

“The BrightStarts who have joined since 2015 have real energy, drive and ambition and their raw talent is already helping us to be more innovative," she added.

BrightStart is a five-year professional development programme which helps school leavers to gain an honours degree through Ulster University as well as recognised professional qualifications and a job at Deloitte, working for the company's clients across the UK.

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