Twenty training places offered in new part-time PwC Assured Skills Academy

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A NEW part-time professional services Assured Skills Academy with PwC is offering 20 high quality training places.

Funded by the Department for the Economy, it will be delivered on a part-time basis through a 12-week blended learning course between July 24 and October 14, with a combination of on-site and online learning training being delivered by Belfast Metropolitan College under the Assured Skills programme.

Working across a range of service offerings including financial crime, compliance testing, customer management, project management office services and business operations, the Academy is open to people with at least a level 5 qualification (HND or foundation degree).

Content will cover areas such as project management, business analysis, commercial awareness, Microsoft and Google tools, data visualisation and design thinking, and successful participants will be guaranteed an interview with PwC on completion of the training. Applications for the academy will remain open until noon on June 16.

Graeme Wilkinson, director of skills at the Department for the Economy, said: “This part-time Academy is an excellent opportunity for people seeking to start or change career in the professional services sector.

“Successful applicants will receive an allowance of £64 a week plus travel expenses and will be strongly positioned to compete for a job upon completion.”

Deborah Stevenson, Operate director at PwC, said: “We are incredibly proud to support the new part-time addition to our professional services Assured Skills curriculum. The blended learning programme will give many talented individuals the foundations for a successful career in professional services.”

Louise Warde Hunter, principal and chief executive of Belfast Met, said: “As a skills engine for the local economy, we are delighted to be the delivery partner for this new part-time PwC Academy.

“Having delivered almost 150 Assured Skills Academies since their inception, Belfast Met has a proven track record of providing top quality, industry-relevant training with the vast majority of people securing jobs as a result.

“This training will provide vital jobs in an important growth sector for our economy and we look forward to continuing and supporting its success.”