Technology Apprentice at PwC

Start Date:
2018
Location:
Leeds
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
Salary:
£12,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

10 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

10/10

Currently, I am studying at the University of Leeds studying for my Computer Science Degree. This involves going to my Lectures and Seminars as well as doing some independent studying. I usually have about 3-5 contact hours a day, most days I have my first lecture of the day at 10 am.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

I have learnt many new skills during the first year of my degree in Computer Science. Some of the modules I have done are Databases, Computer Architecture, Programming Project and Professional Computing. These modules have given me a very solid foundation in Computer Science, they have particularly increased my confidence in programming.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I really enjoy my programme as I get to further my education as well as having the opportunity to gain valuable experience. Also, I have found everyone else on the course very friendly and welcoming which has made the past year even more enjoyable. This apprenticeship has exceeded my expectations.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

10/10

The program is very well organised. During most of the year, I am at university and over the summer I will do a placement. Having a full year to compete year 1 of my Computer Science degree has helped me feel more confident to start my placement. There is also very good communication between PwC and the university, these include regular sessions to boost our skills and knowledge before placement as well as tripartite meetings to check our progress.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

While at university I had support from my personal tutor. We met as a group of 15 every Friday during term time. During this time we discussed our progress and any issues we were currently facing. In addition to this, we had tripartite meetings with both PwC and our personal tutor. This was useful for them to check our progress and ensure everything was going well so far.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

10/10

While at university I had support from my personal tutor. We met as a group of 15 every Friday during term time. During this time we discussed our progress and any issues we were currently facing. In addition to this, we had tripartite meetings with both PwC and our personal tutor. This was useful for them to check our progress and ensure everything was going well so far.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

10/10

My degree will help me perform better in my role during placement as I will have a very good understanding of computer science. I can also build on my knowledge every year. This will increase my confidence when I do my placements and hopefully, I can put the theory I have learnt into practice.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)

10/10

The first event we had was a pizza night when we started which was a very nice way to get to know other people doing my course. Also, we have raised money for charity, by having a quiz night for us and our buddies as well as a charity football tournament.

9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

I would recommend PwC as it is a very good company to work for. The pay is good and there are also benefits. Also, I have had the chance to study for a computer science degree which will help me during my placements. Overall it is a very good company to work for.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC?

I applied through UCAS and was asked to complete an additional application form. Then I was invited to an assessment day at the University of Leeds. At my assessment day, I had a one on one interview as well as a group task. After this, I was given onboarding instructions and completed them before my start date.

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