Deloitte welcomes 58 new 'Brightstarts' to the future world of work

Pictured at the BrightStart event at the Titanic Hotel are Deloitte head of talent Emma Codd (centre); Deloitte senior partner in Belfast Jackie Henry; Gillian Armstrong, head of department at Ulster University Business School (far right) and BrightStarts Orlaith Duffy (far left) and Ryan Hamill.

BUSINESS and technology advisory firm Deloitte has welcomed the largest ever intake of apprentices to its award winning BrightStart programme - and confirmed plans to take on more than 50 next year.

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

A total of 58 young people who gained A-level qualifications - an increase on the 43 apprentices who joined Deloitte at the same time a year ago -

officially started the programme at a welcome event in Belfast's new Titanic Hotel.

Deloitte's UK managing partner for talent Emma Codd told the new arrivals they were joining the company at a time when the future world of work is undergoing huge changes.

She said: “The BrightStarts who have joined the company since 2015 have brought a real sense of energy and innovation to the work they have done with clients – including input to key transformation projects for global organisations in important sectors such as financial services and local government.

“Technology and demographics are altering the employment landscape and the BrightStart programme is part of Deloitte's response to that change. It has formed a key component in our delivery of creative solutions to clients and increased our engagement with millennials who, more than ever before want more flexibility, connection and collaboration in their careers.”

Deloitte says it remains committed to hiring new talent and equipping them with both the softer skills and STEM related training that will be needed in the future world of work.

“In future the UK will benefit from a workforce that has a balance of technical skills and more general skills, such as problem solving, creativity, social skills and emotional intelligence. Understanding the impact of the gig economy, robotics, and cognitive technologies on skills and careers development will be essential for future economic growth.”

Professor Gillian Armstrong, from the Ulster University Business School, said the development of the BSc Hons Business Technology programme with Deloitte was part of its drive to lead in the provision of entrepreneurial education, research and impact in the UK.

“The design and development of this innovative programme, which offers great employment opportunities in the fast growing business and professional services sector has taken place in partnership with Deloitte and in response to demand in the market.”

Deloitte's senior partner in Belfast Jackie Henry welcomed the new cohort of BrightStarts, which brings the total number of young people to join the firm through the programme to more than 120, and added: “We had a record 360 applications this year, which is a clear indication that many talented and creative young people see the benefits of the unique opportunity BrightStart offers them to accelerate their career.”

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