Lyons announces new Assured Skills Academy with PwC

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Llp (PwC)

24th Aug 2021

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons today announced a new Assured Skills Academy with PwC offering 20 high quality training places.

Focussing on professional services, the Assured Skills Academy is open to people with a Level 5 qualification and relevant experience, or a 2:2 degree in any discipline.

Successful applicants receive eight weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training at Belfast Met and Ulster University. Participants who complete the training will gain industry-recognised qualifications and are guaranteed a job interview for a role at PwC in Belfast.

Highlighting the opportunity, the Minister said: “I am pleased to announce another Assured Skills Academy with PwC, Belfast Met and UU. This is an excellent opportunity for people seeking to start or change career in the professional services sector.

“Developing the local skills base is a key element of the economic recovery. Assured Skills Academies have a track record of success in upskilling people and helping them secure employment, and we will bring forward more Academies for applications in the coming months.”

The Minister added: “Successful applicants to the Academy will receive £155 per week training allowance and will be strongly positioned to compete for a job upon completion. I urge anyone who is eligible and interested to apply for this exciting opportunity.”

Deborah Stevenson, Operate Director at PwC, said: “We are continually impressed with the talent we have in our local market and the appetite to invest in their continued skills development. This will set our economy apart in the future and we support these students to realise their potential through our Academies. Joining them gives people access to exceptional training across a range of skills and areas that are relevant in today’s world, with practical application and insight into working with PwC.”

The Assured Skills Academy, focussing on professional services, will cover a range of areas including Financial Crime, Compliance Testing, Customer Management, PMO Services and Business Operations.

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Met, said: “Belfast Met is delighted to continue to deliver this successful series of Assured Skills Academies. This programme will provide vital jobs in growth sectors, and participants will be well positioned to progress into good jobs and life-changing careers as a result.

“We look forward to continuing to deliver this DfE programme in partnership with PwC and to welcoming our new cohort of learners.”

Michael Pogue, Senior Lecturer in Financial Services at Ulster University Business School, said: “Ulster University is pleased to be involved in the delivery of another Assured Skills Academy in conjunction with PwC and Belfast Met. The current mode of virtual delivery makes use of the latest remote learning technology to ensure participants in the Academy gain the knowledge and skills they require for employment in the expanding financial services sector.”

Applications for the PwC Future Business Skills Assured Skills Academy are open until noon on 13 September 2021. The selection process will entail an online psychometric assessment and a video interview. Interviews will be held 21-23 September. Training will commence for successful applicants on 4 October.

Applicants must hold a Level 5 qualification (HND or Foundation degree) and some experience in an office/banking/professional environment or a minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline.

More information and details on how to apply can be found at