PwC UK has seen applications for its school
leaver programme increase by 56% year on year; an indication the
hike in tuition fees will benefit these types of programmes.

PwC said the programme offers A Level entry
students on the job and college based training, culminating in a
professional qualification.

This year, the firm received 1,600
applications for 100 places on its school leaver programme and
since 2008 there has been a 300% increase in applications.

PwC attributes the rise in applications to the
government’s recent change in higher education policy to allow
universities to charge a maximum of £9,000 ($14,739) for tuition
fees and the firm expects high levels of interest in the programme
to continue.

“Students are being forced to look at
different options for their future and university may not be the
right solution for everyone,” PwC head of people Gaenor Bagley