PwC UK has expanded its Tech Degree Apprenticeship programme working with digital skills college Ada to offer another route into careers in technology, with apprentices supported by PwC and earning while they learn.

The programme will be based at the big Four Firm’s technology centre in Manchester and will create at least 50 new roles each year. Apprentices are PwC employees from day one and earn a salary throughout the course which blends 20% college learning with 80% practical work-based technology projects.  

Through the Tech Degree Apprenticeship Programme with Ada, students will earn a Level 6 (Degree) Apprenticeship.  The programme covers a broad range of disciplines including data analytics, software engineering and cyber security.

PwC UK chair and senior partner Kevin Ellis said: “We are committed to expanding and adapting routes into PwC – there is no one-sized-fits-all approach to starting a career and we want to give people choice, whether via university or straight from school. 

“Particularly in the current climate, we’re mindful that the affordability of further education will be an increasing issue for many young people leaving school. By working with universities and colleges to broaden the options available, we can help prevent people from missing out, and develop relevant skills that are so in demand by business. We can also be strategic on the locations we target, supporting growth across the UK.”

PwC UK head of technology Ben Higgin said: “This technical apprenticeship will offer transformative opportunities for students who are looking to begin their careers in tech, while supporting a pipeline of entry-level tech talent in the North West – further boosting the region’s credentials as a technology centre. 

“Students will spend a significant amount of time working in PwC’s tech hub on practical projects in areas like data analytics and cyber security, while working towards industry recognised qualifications. We anticipate high demand for places on the programme.”