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Queen’s and PwC launch funded technology degree apprenticeship

  • Queen's University Belfast and PwC have launched a new fully-funded four-year technology degree apprenticeship, with applications now open for the September 2019 intake.

    Northern Ireland's tech sector has exploded in recent years, with demand for staff qualified in specific industry fields still outstripping university graduate levels. PwC and Queen's University Belfast aim to help solve this skills gap with the launch of a new fully-funded four-year technology degree apprenticeship.

    A total of 20 students have been selected for the programme this year from a shortlist of over 200 applicants. This programme is a new initiative that involves not only Queen's University but also the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds. It's hoped that this course will encourage students with reluctance to attend university due to the cost, as the students will benefit from a salary from day one with their fees being paid by the Department for the Economy.

    "This partnership with PwC is answering a real need for skilled technology talent in a novel and exciting way," explained Professor Ian Williams, Dean of Education for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at QUB. "We are focused on producing the right type of graduates to meet the needs of the economy.” PwC Student Recruitment Lead Lynne Rainey added that "Feedback from our first cohort of all apprentices is overwhelmingly positive – they’re embracing all Queen’s can offer with the freedom of knowing they’re fully supported by PwC."

    Applications for entry into the the September 2019 intake are now open here: https://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/school-jobs/jobs/flying-start-degrees/technology.html.

    Source: PwC and Queen's University Belfast Press Release

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