School & College leavers

Jump into the world of work & start your career in 2021

You’re studying at college or sixth form, but there’s also a lot of focus on what’s next. But do you decide to start your career or go to university? You may be thinking more broadly about your options after you finish. You know university isn't for you and are ready to kick start your career.

You’ll be pleased to hear that there are times when we can offer the opportunity for you to jump into the world of work through our school and college leaver training programme, if you want to learn, adapt, be challenged and grow. No matter what your background.

Your development journey

Our people make us stand out, they are our biggest business asset. It’s a two-way deal; what our people put into PwC, they get back in kind. We recruit the very best and invest in them. We also want you to be sure we’re the right choice for you.

Find out more about the professional journey you can expect when you join us:

What will I do?

The path to becoming a PwC professional is paved with opportunities and real responsibilities, helping you take your career forward. We take a blended approach to your development, combining formal training through the ACCA professional examinations, coaching from others and practical on-the-job experience. You will gain a range of transferable business, personal and technical skills that help you grow.

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What work will I do?

In Assurance, we get to the heart of business providing decision makers with information they can trust and give investors confidence. In this evolving environment, Assurance offers you a diverse career working with wide-ranging businesses and industries. This provides the opportunity to develop broad business skills.

You’ll have hands-on work straightaway. It’s investigative work that often involves one-to-one meetings with financial controllers and finance directors, and you’ll need to be tenacious and resilient to do it well. And as finance is at the centre of every organisation, you'll learn constantly about how different businesses operate. You'll be looking through records and also help to put together reports on the controls and systems you have seen at our clients covering a wide range of industries and audit areas including customers, suppliers and bank statement reconciliations. If you’re an individual with intellectual agility, drive and resilience, you will most likely excel in our business.

The more experience you get, the more responsibility you’ll take on – from planning and carrying out your own audits as well as for coaching junior colleagues.

You'll undertake the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) professional accountancy examinations.

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What will I gain?

Not only do you study for an internationally respected business qualification, you also get plenty of variety and excellent development opportunities throughout your career. You'll quickly develop excellent communication, project management, business awareness and coaching skills.

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What skills do I need?

We want to hear from the most talented all-round students. We would like to hear from those that have outstanding academic achievements, gaining at least a Grade B at Maths and English at GCSE, securing or on track for a minimum of 120 UCAS points (excluding General Studies), or a minimum of 32 International Baccalaureate points.

But, there’s more to our people than academic excellence.

During the recruitment process, we will be looking for people who demonstrate:

  • Flexibility - to handle changing priorities and workloads positively
  • Courage and integrity - you are always up for a challenge and do the right thing by clients and colleagues
  • Curiosity - to help you learn, share and innovate
  • Team working skills - to take on your fair share and work with others to get results
  • Commercial awareness - you are up to date with the latest business thinking and trends
  • Great communication skills - to listen, persuade and put your point across

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How do I apply?

Complete our form and submit your application early

Applying is straightforward. We accept online applications only, so please do not send us your CV. You can send us your application throughout the year but as we have limited spaces on our programme, we recommend that you submit your application form to us as soon as possible (June-July is ideal). We review applications as they are submitted.

Apply now to join us in 2021

If you are invited to attend an interview, be prepared

This will be competency-based interview so be ready to talk about your experiences, demonstrate your understanding of our business and show you have the attributes detailed in The PwC Professional. As well as attending an interview, you will also be required to sit an assessment test. These basic tests help us gain an understanding of your core skills and abilities, and will usually take the form of a numerical reasoning test in which we can identify specific strengths or areas for development. The results will then be analysed and factored into the decision-making process. Although the results are not definitive, we would encourage you to prepare in advance if for example you have not studied a maths-related degree or A-level. Try some sample questions plus tips on the best way to prepare at

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Have you been successful?

We know waiting is the hard part, and we will let you know whether or not you've been successful as soon as possible after your interview.

Meet our school leavers

Here, some of our school leavers talk about their experience since joining the firm and what it has meant to them.

Verity Almond - Associate

Verity Almond - Assurance 

School leaver

"Starting PwC as a school leaver was a big step, however the company as a whole has given me great support and made me feel very welcomed. The work that I’ve undertaken has tested me and has stretched me as an individual. The knowledge that individual staff have is amazing and I’ve learnt so much in such a small space of time. Becoming an auditor isn’t just about numbers it’s about understanding your client and the processes within it. PwC also has a great social side to it, the company has lots of events and activities you can get involved with. I’m so glad I made the decision to come and do an internship at PwC as it enabled me to see what working at the firm would be like, ultimately leading to my decision to join such a great firm."


Charlotte Dougherty - Associate

Charlotte Dougherty - Assurance

School leaver

"Since I joined PwC I feel I have developed in a number of ways. I joined straight from school not knowing much about the ‘working world’ and I have learnt a lot in such a short space of time. My confidence has grown day on day as I have become more comfortable working out of the office at clients. The best thing about working here is the range of clients we work with, meaning no day is ever the same. As we are a large firm, it is advantageous that there is a wide support network of people who are available to help and offer advice. Working here has been very enjoyable and rewarding - I can’t wait to see what the future brings!"

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Samantha Pemberton

Samantha Pemberton

HR Senior Manager, PwC Isle of Man

Tel: +44 (0) 1624 689683