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20 training places on offer at latest PwC skills academy

PwC's Northern Ireland headquarters at Merchant Square
PwC's Northern Ireland headquarters at Merchant Square PwC's Northern Ireland headquarters at Merchant Square

BUSINESS advisory firm PwC is offering 20 high quality training places in Northern Ireland at its latest Professional Services Academy, funded by the Department for the Economy and which is open to people with at least a Level 5 qualification (Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree).

Delivered by Belfast Metropolitan College, the academy is an eight week pre-employment intensive training course in areas such as financial crime, compliance testing, customer management, PMO services and business operations.

Applications remain open until March 31. The selection process will entail a video interview, which will be held on April 18-20, with training for successful applicants commencing on Monday May 15 and finishing on Friday July 7.

Successful participants who complete the training will have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications.

The academy will cover a range of areas including project management, business analysis, commercial awareness, financial accounting, Microsoft and Google tools, data visualisation and design thinking.Training will be a blend of onsite and online learning, and successful applicants will require appropriate IT access in order to link to the online tuition.

More information and details on how to apply are available at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/assured-skills-academies

Graeme Wilkinson, director of skills strategy at the Department for the Economy said: “This is an excellent opportunity for people to gain in-demand skills that will help to kickstart their career in a growing sector.

“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.”

Deborah Stevenson, Operate people lead at PwC NI, said: “We are delighted to continue our support for the Professional Services Assured Skills Academy in collaboration with Belfast Met and the Department for the Economy.

“We're committed to investing in and growing local talent here in Northern Ireland and are so proud that the Academies have given hundreds of talented young people and career changers access to exceptional training across a range of skills and areas.”

Louise Warde Hunter, principal and chief executive of Belfast Met, said: “The Future Business Skills Academies have resulted in programme participants gaining new life-changing skills and progressing into good jobs and careers as a result.

“It is commendable that PwC NI is offering highly skilled roles during these challenging times, and we look forward to continuing to deliver this DfE programme in partnership with them.”