Deloitte scheme gives school leavers a bright start

Deloitte has launched a new initiative to give school leavers the opportunity to embark on a professional career at the firm without having to go to university.

The business advisory firm is creating 100 A level entry roles across the UK as part of its BrightStart scheme.

BrightStart will give high achieving school leavers the opportunity to join the firm in September 2011. It offers an alternative career to students for whom university may not be the desired choice or an available option.

As well as a career with one of the world’s leading business advisory firms, the 100 students will gain a full professional business qualification.

Deloitte has launched BrightStart across the UK, with an event held in Birmingham, at the firm’s office in Brindleyplace, for local schools and sixth form colleges to find out more about the scheme. Of the 100 places, eight will be available in Birmingham.

Chris Loughran, Midlands practice senior partner at Deloitte, said: “Not all students want, or are able, to go to university, but that shouldn’t exclude them from having equally attractive career opportunities.

“Talent is the lifeblood of a business like ours and it is crucial that we do all we can to ensure that talented young people with the ability to learn and develop can find their way into Deloitte, whatever their background.  As a business, we want to be as inclusive as possible.”

BrightStart builds upon a successful programme under which some of Deloitte’s regional offices have hired a small number of school leavers in recent years.

The firm is expanding its support for future graduates by increasing the number of Summer Vacation Scheme places to 160 in 2011, up from 130 in 2010, and will increase this further in 2012 with a target of 240. The internship programme offers students going into their final year of university seven weeks of paid work experience in Deloitte’s Audit, Tax or Consulting business areas.

Deloitte is also building on the success of its scholarship programme and industrial placement programme, increasing them to 50 places, up from 41 in 2010.  In addition, Deloitte will be hiring more than 1,100 graduates across the firm in 2011.

Mr Loughran said: “Scholarship schemes and internships can play a huge role in identifying and fostering talent at an earlier stage and it’s important that these places are awarded to students on merit. We are working hard to ensure that students from a wide range of schools and universities have the opportunity to take advantage of our schemes.

“We have a major role to play in championing greater social mobility. We are making strenuous efforts, driven not only by a sense of responsibility, but also by the huge incentive for us of accessing the very best talent.”

To find out more about Deloitte’s BrightStart scheme go to www.deloitte.co.uk/graduates/brightstart

Picture caption (L-R): Chris Loughran, Frances McGarry, headteacher at St Patrick’s Catholic School in Solihull, and Jonathan Dodworth from Deloitte at the launch of the BrightStart scheme.

 

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